Factories have processed 142,000 tons of grapes from the ongoing harvest in Georgia’s eastern winemaking region of Kakheti, with about 13,000 growers generating GEL 141 million ($48.45 million) in income so far, the Georgian national wine agency announced on September 22.
Local growers have processed the following grape varieties: Rkatsiteli – 75,000 tons, Saperavi – 58,000 tons and Kakhuri Mtsvane – 4,000 tons.
About 205 wine factories are involved in the work, with an average of 10,000 tons processed per day.
Agency head Levan Mekhuzla said red wine types comprised 85-90% of the total exports of Georgian wine due to high international demand.
“Wine export is stable at this stage – despite the war in Ukraine we have maintained last year’s figures, which I think, for objective reasons, is a good result,” Mekhuzla said.
Georgian wine exports increased by 1.2% YoY in January-August. (Agenda/Business World Magazine)