Grape harvest in Racha: 356 tonnes of grapes picked so far, 11 Oct 2017 - 14:12, Tbilisi,Georgia

The grape harvest is almost over in Georgia's main wine growing region Kakheti but the action continues in the northwestern Racha-Lechkhumi region, where a small amount of very unique grapes are grown.

So far this season local farmers in the region have processed 356 tonnes of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli grape varieties.

The income of some 700 farmers, who harvested grapes in Racha-Lechkhumi, exceeded over 2.5 million GEL (about $1.01m/€852,580*), said the Georgian National Wine Agency.

It is expected that about 700-800 tonnes of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli will be processed in Racha this year, announced the Agency.

To support this year’s grape harvest and sale, the Government decided to subsidise the 2017 grape harvest. The price for 1 kg Khvanchkara, Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli will be 2 GEL.

Meanwhile, the wine companies buy 1 kg Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli for 5 Lari.

The grape harvest continues in eastern Kakheti region as well where as of today 115,200 tonnes of grapes have already been processed.

The income of about 14,000 local farmers reached 134 million GEL (about $53.97m/€45.70*) in Kakheti.

*Currency conversions reflect National Bank of Georgia values as of today.