Georgia is hopeful its wine will be back in Russia by late May

Georgia is hopeful its wine will be back in Russia by late May

Wines from Georgia are expected to be back on Russian shelves by “late May”, according to the trade body for the country’s wine sector.

Speaking exclusively to just-drinks at ProWein in Germany yesterday (25 March), a spokesperson for the Georgian Wine Association confirmed that re-entry was on track, despite a slight delay. A Russian delegation was due in Georgia this week to taste the wines but have postponed their visit, just-drinks understands. 

However, the spokesperson added: “We expect the wines to be back on the market (in Russia) by the end of May, or early June. Our wine is of good quality and we do not have any problems with it.” 

News of the ban being lifted first emerged earlier this month

Prior to the imposition of a ban in 2006, Russia accounted for around 80% of Georgian wine sales volumes. However, throughout the ban, the country has grown its volumes in the US, China and Poland.

Last year, exports were up by 33%, according to the spokesperson.