Winemakers may allow the use of imported seedlings

“the Seedlings are grown in special nurseries, explains Leonid Popovich, President of the Union of winegrowers and winemakers. – Their number in Russia is extremely limited and does not meet the demands of growers. Denial of state support to producers who purchase seedlings abroad will hamper the development of winemaking. The new amendments remove this critical moment”.

Photo: Alexander Korolkov/WG “RG” publishes the basic law on viticulture and winemaking

to cultivate seedlings take several years, says Oksana Bahacheve, Director General of the Association “Growers and winemakers”. Three years seedlings just taking root, and the fourth in the best case you can remove the crop, and limited. Russian growers are not physically able to substitute imports, which now occupy up to 60-70% of total demand.

According to the portal of trade statistics International Trade Centre, import of seedlings for the production of wine in Russia in 2015 has increased significantly – from 1.5 million dollars to 8 million dollars in 2019.

three Years seedlings just taking root, and the fourth in the best case you can remove the crop, telling growers

the Industry sees no problem in use in the production of seedlings or imported wine materials. However, Elena Razumova, Deputy chief of Department ekspertno-analytical works of the Analytical center under the government considers that the bill will have a lasting effect on the formation of the industry. It stimulates domestic wine producers to produce more in Russia, and also improve the quality of products we deliver today winemakers. And in the future and to increase exports, which while quite small in 2019 Russia supplied abroad winesand wine musts at $ 8.5 million. For comparison, the export of wine from Georgia is 240 million dollars.

Photo: Sergey Vinnik/WG In Crimea, will proceed to the substitution of grape seedlings

Now the main task – to bring the law into conformity with the technical regulations of the Eurasian economic Union “On safety of alcohol products”, which will come into force on 9 January 2021. Yet even with the new amendments to the document, inconsistencies persist, says Alexander Romanov, the Chairman of the Commission of the Council of the chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation on development of the consumer market. “Russian law may not conflict with supranational legislation of the Eurasian economic Union, and therefore it must be followed up carefully,” he says.