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Mid-year Georgian-China Wine Export Figures Announced Showing 3% Growth

Wine Agency of Georgia by Aileen Lee28/07/2022  

28 July, 2022 (Shenzhen) Georgian wine took center stage earlier this month in Beijing when China and Georgia toasted the 30-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic cooperation at a celebratory event held at Beijing Marriott Hotel HNA Plaza on July 8, 2022.

Georgian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Mr. Archi Karandia, and Special Representative of the Government of the People's Republic of China for Eurasian Affairs, Mr. Li Hui, were both in attendance, along with Chinese government representatives and members of business, cultural and academic circles.

At the event, 40 Georgian wines were showcased: Telavi Wine Cellar, Dugladze, Satavado,  Pheasants Tears, Kharaba, Kindzmarauli Marani, Teleda, Tbilvino, and more.

The event follows last month’s exchange of congratulations between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, and pledge to maintain and strengthen ties between the two nations.

Wine is a very important piece of the trade relationship between the two countries. With wine Georgia’s 4th largest export product, the industry was given a major boost via a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries on wine, with effect on 1 January, 2018.

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China imported 5,934,937 bottles of Georgian wine in 2021, marking an increase of 29% on 2020 and ranking it 4th largest export destination for Georgian wine. The annual growth for Georgian wine to China has been marked. A decade ago just 582,626 bottles were exported in 2011.

Release of mid-year export figures by the National Wine Agency of Georgia show Georgian Wine exports to China are up 3% with 2,855,516 bottles compared to the same time last year. It is currently the third largest export market for Georgian wines in the year to date.

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While a modest increase, industry experts applaud the figures. With months of disruptions to imports, retail and on-trade operations due to Covid-19 outbreaks in China, outlook for the all-important trade of wine between Georgia and China remains steady.

China is Georgia’s largest export destination, constituting 14.5% of Georgia’s total exported products. Georgia exported a record value of 400 million U.S. dollars of goods to China in the first half of 2022, making China its top export market, according to the country's state statistics office. Azerbaijan and Russia followed with 287 million U.S. dollars and 257 million U.S. dollars, respectively,

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Georgian wine export history to China: 

2005: 37,501 bottles

2006: 72,955 bottles

2007: 117,258 bottles

2008: 27,214 bottles

2009: 175,556 bottles 

2010: 222,055 bottles 

2011: 582,626 bottles 

2012: 1,203,322 bottles

2013: 898,432 bottles

2014: 1,205,898 bottles

2015: 2,672,154 bottles.

2016: 5,299,149 bottles

2017: 7,585,407 bottles

2018: 6,951,019 bottles

2019: 7,089,259 bottles

2020: 4,605,768 bottles

2021: 5,934 937 bottle

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