Georgian wine producers exported around 31.5 million bottles of wine to 44 countries in the first half of 2017. This US$70.5 million worth of wine represents a 59% increase in volume and a 51% growth in value, compared with the same period last year.

In May, Georgian wines signed a Free Trade Agreement with China and increased by 104% its wine exports to China (3,842,412 bottles), followed by Russia (+89%, with 19,313,343 bottles) according to Georgia’s national wine agency.

“According to the export data for the first half of 2017, wine export has grown by 60% compared to the same period of the previous year. Wine realization income has grown by 51%, and the geography of export countries has also widened. Export has grown in the countries of the European Union, China, the USA and other countries, which is a result of the collaboration and marketing activities of the National Wine Agency and the wine sector”, stated the Head of the National Wine Agency, Giorgi Samanishvili.

In the period under review, 89,910 half-litre bottles of “Chacha” have been exported to 16 countries worldwide, growth amounting to 10%. Income from Chacha exports amounted to USD 245,600, the growth compared to last year being 52 %.