Russian Wine will be Made Only from Grapes Grown in Russia
The bill on viticulture and winemaking was adopted by the State Duma in the first reading on Tuesday, November 19. According to the document, Russian wine should be made only from grapes grown in the country. Nevertheless, experts in the alcohol market fear that domestic raw materials simply will not be enough for the entire market, which will cause an increase in prices for these products.
According to the Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the bill formulates the basic concepts, establishes special requirements for raw materials, provides support for domestic producers and protect consumers from fakes.
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“The creation of the viticulture and winemaking industry will play a serious role in the development of the country’s economy – due to new jobs, import substitution and additional revenues to the budgets of the regions – Krasnodar, Crimea, Sevastopol, Rostov Region, Dagestan, Stavropol, Volgograd and Astrakhan,” said Volodin.
The initiative should create conditions for the development of the industry, the production of high-quality domestic grape products and the protection of the population from fakes. The document introduces standards that determine which wine products are considered falsified. So, “Russian wine” should be 100% produced from grapes grown in the country. In addition, the draft law enshrines the technological rules of production, requirements for raw materials, materials, and even labels, as well as requirements for the accounting and use of vineyards, maintaining a federal register of vineyards.
At first glance, the ideas of lawmakers are positive, but according to experts, they will only lead to a sharp rise in price of wine on store shelves. Domestic raw materials are simply not enough to meet all the customer’s requests. Thus, the volume of production of grape wine materials in January – October 2019 amounted to 39.24 million dl. And the production of domestic drinks during this time took at least 65.72 million dcl. Thus, the opposite effect will be obtained: our wines will grow in price, and bottled imported wine against their background will become more attractive.
“We definitely do not have enough materials that are produced in Russia,” says Pavel Shapkin, chairman of the National Consumer Protection Union. – And after three years, this bill actually bans the import of wine materials. Grapes are not corn. It can not be grown in three years in the required quantities. Even if all the deputies throw it. Two-thirds of the wineries will close.
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The bill on viticulture and winemaking was adopted by the State Duma in the first reading on Tuesday, November 19. According to the document, Russian wine should be made only from grapes grown in the country