Moscow. July 5. INTERFAX.RU Georgia in January-June 2017 year exported 31.5 million bottles of natural grape wine (0,75 liter), which is 59.1% more than the same period in 2016, said Wednesday the National wine Agency of the Ministry of agriculture of the Republic. Revenue from wine exports, which was carried out in 44 countries over six months of this year increased by 51% to $70.5 million.
According to the Agency, the largest volume of supply came to Russia – 19 million 313,3 thousand bottles (growth in 1,9 times), or 61.3% of total exports. The five major importers of Georgian wine are also included China (3 million 842,4 thousand bottles), Ukraine (2 million 983 thousand), Poland (1 million 212,7 thousand) and Kazakhstan (1 million 163,8 million).
In January-June Georgia also exported to 17 countries 6 million 858,7 thousand bottles (volume 0.5 liter), which was 84.8% higher than in the first half of 2016, the proceeds increased by 88% to $16 million.
Along with wine and brandy, the Republic supplied to the external market chacha (Georgian vodka), brandy alcohol, wine materials. The total income from the sale for 6 months of this year amounted to $122,1 million (an increase of 56%).
Georgia in 2016 exported about 50 million bottles of wine, which is 38% higher than a year earlier. Exports to Russia last year increased by 48.7% to 27 million 222,1 thousand bottles (54,4% of total exports).
Russia has imposed a ban on deliveries of wine products from Georgia in 2006 because of claims to quality. The export of Georgian wine to the Russian market have been resumed from June 2013.