Georgian President Unveils 33rd World Congress of Vine and Wine

The 33rd World Congress of Vine of wine, which is being held in Georgia, will contribute to popularizing the Georgian wine worldwide, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili noted in the Rustaveli Theater at the opening ceremony on June 21.

“A state program will be inaugurated to retrain 100 agronomists a year. They will learn the English Language and will spend a probation period abroad. The program will contribute to introducing new technologies and producing high-quality wines”, the President said.

For the first time since the Russian embargo introduction, Georgia will face no problems with sales of wines.

“The Russian embargo has fostered the improvement of the quality of the Georgian wine and development of new brands. Some companies produce high-quality products, but they lack for valuable marketing. In the future, we should consolidate these two components, marketing and quality”, Saakashvili said.
Over 300 guests are visiting Georgia from 42 countries.
A technical tour will be organized in the Kakheti Region and delegates will see Georgian wineries. The congress guests will also attend other arrangements too.
On June 25 the Rustaveli Theater will host the 8th general assembly of OIV and an official closing ceremony will be also held there.
The International Congress of Vine and Wine (OIV) will be held for the second after 1962.
Georgia’s wine exports in January-May 2010 recorded a 57 percent rise. In the reporting period the country exported 5 002 765 bottles to 30 countries, while the figure marked 3 166 583 bottles to 36 countries in the same period of 2009.