Georgia, one of the most ancient winemaking countries, increased exports in the first half of 2018.
Georgia’s wine exports grew by 21% (to 38.2 million bottles) with a corresponding increase of 28% in value, to US$90.3 million, from January to June 2018.
Russia is Georgia’s main market, taking 24 million bottles, followed by Ukraine (4.19 million bottles), China (2.9 million), Kazakhstan (1.65 million) and Poland (1.57 million).
Other countries, such as Japan, the Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea, have registered “remarkable” growth from smaller bases.
In addition to wine, Georgia exported 8.4 million bottles (each 0.5 litres) of brandy to 20 countries worldwide, which is 23% higher than in the same period last year. The value of the exported brandy amounted to US$17 million, a year-on-year increase of 6%.