ArmInfo. At the invitation of the Armenian Viticulture and Wine Foundation and with the assistance of the Center for Stimulation of Import from Developing Countries (CBI), large wine buyers from Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Great Britain, Holland and the Baltic States visited Armenia on a four-day visit.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Armenia, visitors in Vayots Dzor and Aragatsotn regions of the republic got acquainted with modern technologies and specificity of local production, assortment and millennial traditions of Armenian wine. With the owners of enterprises and winemakers, the possibilities of expanding the sales markets for domestic wine products were discussed.
Representatives of winemaking companies from European countries also attended the Artsakh Wine Festival. During the festival, they visited the local wine factory "Qataro" to taste the wine and get acquainted with the products.
Within the framework of the visit B2B meetings took place, where representatives of 16 Armenian winemaking companies discussed prospects for cooperation with European partners. Wine buyers highly appreciated the Armenian wines made from domestic grapes, as well as from fruit raw materials, noting that they fully meet the requirements of the international wine market.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the volume of cognac produced in Armenia in January-August 2017 increased by 60.7% compared to the same period in 2017, amounting to 18.4 million liters. During the reporting period, wine production increased by 35.2%, amounting to 5.1 million liters, while vodka production decreased by 31.9% and amounted to 3.5 million liters. Champagne for the reported period was produced for 305 thousand liters against 253.9 thousand liters in January-August 2016, and beer - 15.7 million liters (an increase of 9.6%). At the same time, the production of whiskey for the reporting period amounted to 849.7 thousand liters (a decline of 17%). Production of non-alcoholic beverages amounted to 60.7 million liters, which is 31.4% more than in January-August 2016. According to the report of the Customs Service of Armenia, in 2016 Armenia exported 1.8 million liters of wine with an annual growth of 27.7%, with the customs value increasing by 43.6% to $ 5.9 million. In the first half of the year, wine exports increased by 61% to 1271.9 thousand liters, with the increase in customs value by 84.3% to $ 4.7 million.