Russia: Congratulations to winemakers of Russia – there will be wine in Russia and what about beer? – Newsletter No. 31b (2013-08-06)


The Head of Krasnodar Krai and the Head of the Federal Alcohol Market Regulatory Service have signed a “roadmap” for development of winemaking in the region.

The final version of the map was adopted at the meeting that was held on 2 August, 2013 and it was dedicated to development of the industry in the region. It was signed by Alexander Tkachev and the Head of the Federal Alcohol Market Regulatory Service Igor Chuyan. The document provides a set of measures to solve key issues of the industry “from field to store” including the price control, support for conscientious wine producers, introduction of state preferences for grape growers as well as fight against surrogate.

Alexander Tkachev said that unified strategy for the development and support of grape growing in the region will help both big enterprises and small companies. Igor Chuyan also believes that the experience of Kuban can be used in other regions. “We are interested in the fact that Krasnodar region has become an example for the whole country, – said Chuyan, – and the region is forging ahead. Eight out of ten Russian wineries, which entered the international arena, are the enterprises of Kuban.”

“Roadmap” was developed by the Federal Alcohol Market Regulatory Service in cooperation with the Government of Krasnodar Krai specially for Kuban region, where almost half of all vineyards of Russia is situated. As it was noted at the meeting the program will be the basis for development of beginning-to-end peasant (farm) enterprises, which legally produce wine from their own grapes, and development of a new class of high-quality wines in the Russian Federation.

We remind you that on July 19, 2013 Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree according to which champagne, grape and sparkling wines are included in the list of products of agricultural production.

“Decree on recognition of wine as an agricultural product is primarily a restoration of justice for those of us who are engaged in wine production. Peasants were allowed to call their products agricultural products, – said Leonid Popovich, president of the nonprofit organization – the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia.”

We congratulate Leonid Popovich and the Union under his leadership with great achievements and we wish our colleagues – Russian winemakers – good luck and success in future.

We – representatives of the brewing industry and the entire production chain “malting barley – beer” – should learn from our colleagues and should not forget that only working together we will be able to defend our interests. We invite companies of the production chain to join the Barley, Malt and Beer Union. Newsletter 31b August 01 - August 04, 2013 2013-08-06 15-41-44

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