Tuesday, December 3 2019 17:41
Alina Hovhannisyan

Armenia launches organic wine export 

Armenia launches organic wine export 

ArmInfo. Since 2015, the Trinity Canyon Vineyards winery, located in the village of  Aghavnadzor, Vayots Dzor region, has begun the certification process  for organic vineyards.

At a press conference in the Ministry of Economy on December 3, the  owner of the winery Hovakim Saghatelyan announced the start of the  export process of organic Armenian wines. In particular, two types of  wines will be supplied to the European market - "6100" (from red  grapes of the Areni variety) and "Crossroad'' (75% of grapes of the  Sira variety and 25% of Areni grapes), the labels of which show a  green flag, which is evidence of organic certification. It is worth  noting that Saghatelyan is a pioneer in Armenia in the issue of  export of organic wine.

He emphasized that the demand in European countries, in particular  Switzerland, Sweden, France, Germany, as well as in the USA for  organic Armenian wine is three times higher than the supply. In  particular, in this regard, he noted that the production of organic  wine <6100>  amounts to 6 thousand bottles and wine <Crossroads> - 8  thousand bottles, the price of which ranges from 6 to 8 euros.

According to him, all over the world, depending on the level of  development, the share of organic wine production is from 3 to 8%, in  some countries, this figure is higher - from 10% -12%. In Armenia,  the process has only just begun.

In an interview with ArmInfo correspondent, the winemaker noted that  in general the production of Trinity winery amounted to 32 thousand  bottles, of which 50-60% will be delivered to European markets, and  the rest is sold in Armenia. In this regard, he emphasized that in  the country there is a tendency of growing demand for organic,  high-quality wine.

According to Saghatelyan, Armenia has no alternative but to develop  organic winemaking. At the same time, he emphasized that the  government should pay special attention to the development of the  organic direction, and implement programs aimed at promoting  organics, in particular subsidizing. According to the winemaker,  organic farming can become a brand of Armenia.  In an interview with  ArmInfo correspondent, the head of the Wine and Vine Foundation  Zaruhi Muradyan noted that there is a worldwide demand for  bio-organic wines. She noted that winemaking in Armenia is now at the  stage of revival, and the Armenian consumer needs more time for  organic wine to become one of the widely consumed ones. <Soon we will  have 4 more enterprises that will specialize in the production of  organic wine. If this trend continues, then, I think, within 5 years,  organic wine producers will occupy their niche in the Armenian  market>, she concluded.

It should be noted that, according to the Statistical Committee of  the Republic of Armenia, the volume of wine produced in Armenia in  January-September 2019 increased by 44% to 8.6 million liters.  According to the RA Customs Service, in the first half of 2019,  Armenia exported 1.3 million liters of wine, with annual growth of  16.5%, with a decrease in customs value by 1.5% to $ 4.3 million.   Traditionally, the main export market for Armenian wine is the  Russian Federation (72.3%), followed by China (5%), Switzerland (4%),  USA (3.4%), Poland (2%), France (1.8 %), Italy (1.5%), Ukraine  (1.2%), Georgia (1%) .

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