Georgia is often cited as one of the countries that can have a real claim for being the first to produce wine. Here are its current vital statistics:
- 30% of the wine Georgia produces a year is exported.
- In the first five months of 2017 Georgia exported 25 million bottles to 41 countries, a 64% increase over the same period in 2016.
- These exports were worth $55.5 million, a 58% increase on the same period in 2016.
- Russia is by far Georgia’s most important market, accounting for nearly 15 million of its 25 million bottle exports.
- China is now its second biggest market, with exports up 160% this year, with 3.3 million bottles; followed by Ukraine with 2.3 million bottles.
- Smaller but fast-growing markets for Georgian wine are the US, Germany, Belarus, France, Azerbaijan, Israel, Latvia and the UK.
- The UK imported 98,000 bottles in 2016, up 28% on 2015 with 14,000 bottles exported so far this year, an increase of 113% on the same month last year.
- 5,000 hectares of vineyards were planted in Georgia in 2013 and 2014.
- There are now 200 wineries in Georgia.