Uzbekistan will expand number of grape wine producers, variety wine materials and cognac alcohol in 2019, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered in his “On measures for substantial modernization of winemaking industry and realization of alcohol production” decree.
According to the document, requirement of determining an expiration date for the wine production will be removed beginning from April 1. Thereupon, manufacturers will be allowed to determine the expiration date on their own.
Beginning from July 1 alcohol-producing businesses will be allowed to realize their production in near-factory tasting zones, organized along the tourist routes.
Beginning from January 1, 2019, licensing of activity on production of natural wines from grapes grown on own plantations will be cancelled, with attribution of such wines to agricultural production.
The decree also renames Uzvinosanoat-holding JSC to Uzsharobsanoat JSC.
According to the president’s decree, Uzbekistan will hold the wine festival and the International tasting contest annually beginning from 2018. Diplomatic missions, foreign tourists, representatives of winemaking industry of different countries, experts and specialists will be invited to the events.
The president also ordered to develop an informational control and audit system until January 1, 2020. The system will contain detailed information on all alcohol producers, production and realization volumes over “producer-wholesaler-retailer-customer” chain. The system will become fully operating till December 1, 2022. (AzerNews/Business World Magazine)