Monday, September 15, 2014

Georgian winemakers purchased less grapes this year

15.09.2014. Due to the exorbitant prices, this year wine companies will buy less grapes than they expected. According to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of "Telavi Wine Cellar" Zurab Ramazashvili, because of too high prices, the management decided to purchase 1 000 tons less. "This year, the price of grapes is too high, and it creates a problem for winemakers.

Now we have to balance the price for the expense of our own harvest, "- the businessman notes. Director of "Badagoni" company Gia Shengelia also speaks about a decrease in the volume of procurement. In his words, the company planned to buy 7000 tons from farmers but due to the high prices, bought no more than 3200 tons.

The company "Marniskari" reduced its purchases to up to 3000 tons. According to the company’s Director Lasha Revazishvili, in terms of current prices it was impossible to continue the purchase. "It is possible that we will have to raise the price of the wine, as in recent time wine materials have become much more expensive," - he says.

Director of "Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking" Zurab Chkhaidze evaluates a grape harvest and purchase of grapes as chaotic and explains it by the lack of communication between the winemakers and winegrowers. "Small companies are not able to cope with the chaos and big companies just do not care. It is this chaos led to an increase in the price of grapes.

On the whole, our company has already acquired 1900 tons from farmers, we plan to bring a volume of purchases up to 5000 tons, whereas last year we purchased 3000 tons. Growth in demand is associated with the opening of new export markets, "- the businessman adds.

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