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Record number of Georgian wines exported in 2017

Friday, January 5
Georgia exported 76.7 million bottles of wine to 53 countries in 2017 a record number of wine in the past 30 years, announces the Georgian National Wine Agency.

Last year Georgia generated about $170 million from the sale of wine abroad.

Revenue increased by 49 percent from 2016, while the volume of exports increased by 54 percent, said the Georgian National Wine Agency.

The top five countries that imported Georgian wine in 2017 were:
1. Russia 47,778,920 bottles
2. Ukraine 8,502,554 bottles
3. China 7,585,407 bottles
4. Kazakhstan 3,322,867 bottles
5. Poland 2,676,440 bottles

Year-on-year exports of Georgian wine increased to:
- France- 178 percent (99,796 bottles)
- Israel 150 percent (213,074 bottles)
- Mongolia 82 percent (168,162 bottles)
- Russia 76 percent (47,778,920 bottles)
- Azerbaijan 75 percent (141,294 bottles)
- Belarus 56 percent (1,827,130 bottles)
- United States 56 percent ((457,920 bottles)
- Ukraine 46 percent (8,502,554 bottles)
- China 43 percent (7,585,407 bottles)
- Latvia 20 percent (1,505,138 bottles)

The most popular Georgian wines exported in 2017 were:
1. Kindzmarauli 12.8 million bottles
2. Mukuzani 4.2 million bottles
3. Tsinandali 3.4 million bottles
4. Akhasheni 1.5 million bottles
5. Khvanchkara 887,500 bottles

According to the Georgian National Wine Agency, approximately 250 companies exported wine abroad.

Meanwhile, Georgia exported 18.4 million bottles of Georgian brandy to 26 countries in 2017. It was an yearly of 78 percent increase. Last year, Georgia has generated $39.4 million from the sale of brandy abroad (70 percent increase in revenues).

Georgia also exported 288,000 bottles of Chacha to 23 countries 180 percent more compared to last year. By selling Chacha abroad Georgia generated $846,300, which was 148 percent increase y/y.

In total, Georgia has sold $283.8 million worth of alcoholic beverages in 2017, including wine, brandy, chacha and others. (agenda.ge)