Grape harvest 2016: 71,300 tonnes of grapes picked so far

About 11,000 farmers have already earned over 62 million GEL. Photo by Wines of Georgia., 26 Sep 2016 - 12:05, Tbilisi,Georgia

The grape harvest is in full swing in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region where so far this season 12,000 farmers have earned over 67.7 million GEL by selling 77,600 tonnes of grapes.

The Georgian National Wine Agency said local growers had processed the following grape varieties:

  • Rkatsiteli - 43,000 tonnes
  • Saperavi – 30,400 tonnes
  • Kakhuri Mtsvane – 2,200 tonnes

To date most grapes were processed in Kakheti’s Gurjaani municipality – 26,800 tonnes. Followed by:

  • Telavi – 19,000 tonnes
  • Kvareli – 18,700 tonnes
  • Sighnaghi – 6,600 tonnes
  • Lagodekhi – 2,400 tonnes
  • Dedoplistskaro – 1,600 tonnes
  • Akhmeta –1,600 tonnes
  • Sagarejo – 1,300 tonnes

Georgia's PM took part in ribbon cutting ceremony in Kakheti two days ago. The PM opened an new grape processing and brandy spirit distillation plant. Photo by Wines of Georgia. 

Two days ago Georgian wine company Kakhetian Traditional Winery opened a new grape processing and brandy spirit distillation plant in Velistikhe Village, also in Kakheti region.

The new factory, which is fitted with modern technologies and machines, meets top international standards and has the ability to process 15,000 tonnes of grapes.

Thanks to financial support from the Bank of Georgia and Georgian Government, the Kakhetian Traditional Winery invested 7 million GEL (about $3.2 million/€2.69 million*) to open the new factory.

New plant employed local residents, which motivated farmers to cultivate wine and grow high-quality grapes that they could later sell locally and abroad, said Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

Georgia's PM tasted wine produced by Kakhetian Traditional Winery. Photo by Wines of Georgia.  

He noted thanks to the Government’s activities many people were returning to rural areas to open various types of ventures, including enterprises processing wine or livestock products.

[Georgia’s] export to Europe is growing, whereas the Russian market has also opened. This is a welcoming fact, since these markets are quite important to our country,” Kvirikashvili said.

He also mentioned Georgia’s wine exports to China had grown significantly in recent years and Georgia was slowly increasing its exports and being an export-oriented country.

*Currencies are equivalent with the latest National Bank of Georgia exchange rate.