Georgian wine exports soar 44.5% in H1, supplies to Russia up 60%
Georgia exported 19.8 million 0.75-liter bottles of grape wine in January-June 2016, up 44.5% year-on-year, the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture said.
Revenue from wine exports to 40 countries grew 18% to $46.6 million.
According to the agency, the biggest importer was Russia with 10.198 million bottles, up 56% year-on-year, accounting for 51.5% of Georgian wine exports.
The top five importers also included Ukraine with 2.287 million bottles, China (1.885 million), Kazakhstan (1.764 million) and Poland (1.071 million).
Georgia exported 3.711 million 0.5-liter bottles of brandy to 13 countries, up 47.1% year-on-year. Revenue from brandy exports was up 20% at $8.6 million.
Georgia also exported Georgian vodka, known as chacha, cognac spirit, and wine-making materials for a total of $78.8 million.
In 2015, Georgia exported 36.071 million bottles of wine, down 38.9% compared with 2014. Supplies to Russia last year dropped 52.4% to 18.308 million bottles, or 50.8% of all exports.