Thanks to ‘Mother Russia’ embargo, Georgian wine improves

on 16/05/11 at 7:26 pm

Wine
President Mikheil Saakashvili has again ironically thanked Russia for imposing an embargo on Georgian wines.

He said the embargo had encouraged Georgian wine-makers to improve the quality of their output, thereby opening access to international markets.

“The quality of Georgian wine has significantly improved in recent years,” Saakashvili said while visiting a local family in Batumi, Ajara, to sample their homemade wine.

“Thanks a lot to Mother Russia for this embargo. This embargo helped us a lot in terms of wine quality and now we are in a situation, wherein if [Russia] allows [Georgian wine] back [to its market] – that would be good, but if it won’t – that won’t [change] anything either. The quality has increased and now it has a market all over the world,” Saakashvili said.

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