Demand for Georgian wine continues to grow on international markets. According to NWA, Georgia’s National Wine Agency, in the first seven months of 2017, the country exported around 38.3 million bottles of wine to 44 countries worldwide. This US$84.3 million worth of wine represents a 60% increase in volume and a 52% growth in value, compared with the same period last year.
“According to the export data of January-July 2017, wine export has grown by 60% compared to the same period of the previous year. Wine realization income has grown by 52%. Export has grown in the countries of European Union, South-west Asia, USA and other countries, which is a result of collaborated work and marketing activity of National Wine Agency and wine sector” stated the Head of National Wine Agency, Giorgi Samanishvili.
The top five importers of Georgian wine are Russia, China, Ukraine, Poland, and Kazakhstan, while export growth is remarkable in the following countries: China – 80% (4462631 bottles), Russia- 86% (23740750), Ukraine – 41% (3653334), Poland - 20% (1427458), Belarus - 42% (814022) Latvia - 27% (830852), USA - 89% (236012), Germany - 34% (234000),France - 450% (95530), Israel - 202% (127334), and Azerbaijan - 170% (102342)
In addition, 8,212,243 bottles of brandy were exported to 17 countries, 91% more than last year. January-July brandy exports in 2017 amounted to $18.7 million, which is 89% higher compared to last year's data.
Totally, income from alcoholic drinks exports amounted to $143,15 million, the growth compared to the same period last year being 55 %.
Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world, where 18 appellations of origin of wines have been registered. The Eurasian country produces wines mainly in Kakheti province from two indigenous grapes – Rkatsiteli for white wine and Saperavi for reds. UNESCO added the ancient traditional Georgian winemaking method using clay jars to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.