Armenia seeks ways to develop wine-making
Head of Armenian Winemakers' Union, Avag Harutyunyan, forecast 20-30%
increase in grape harvest in Armenia compared with 2009.

Yerevan will be hosting Fruitfull Armenia winemaking forum on
September 16-17. World-known oenologist Michel Rolland, invited as a
special guest, as well as other participants, will be sampling the
whole range of Armenian wines presented. A winner will be selected
among 21 companies as a result of sampling. The forum to be opened by
RA Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan aims at promoting Armenian
wine-making industry, implementation of new production technologies
and search for marketing outlets.

August 21, 2010
PanARMENIAN.Net -

According to Fruitfull Armenia executive director Anna Christine
Shirinian, this industry should be developed, with introduction of
modern technologies. `Russia, which banned import of Georgian and
Moldovan wine, can become the main market,' she said.

Meanwhile, head of Armenian Winemakers' Union, Avag Harutyunyan,
forecast 20-30% increase in grape harvest in Armenia as compared with
2009. As he told a news conference, recent drop in wine and brandy
sales, as well as dwindling demand for grapes is caused by the crisis.

`25% decrease in grape purchase contracts was reported in 2010. AMD
200 million are yet to be paid to farmers as last year's debt,' he
said.

According to Harutyunyan, price for grapes will depend on Yerevan
Brandy Company's policy. `The major part of the harvest will be
purchased for AMD 110-130 per kg,' he said.

At the same time he warned that vine fretter can badly damage Armenian
vineyards within 5 years.

`Affecting the roots, vine fretter can kill the plant during 3 or 4
years. It's not curable. The only way to struggle is to dug out the
old vineyards and plant new ones, what will cost $270-290 million,' he
said. `Since the USSR decline, no measure has been taken to prevent
the spread of the illness, which was lately detected in Tavush
region.'


Hripsime Hayrapetyan / PanARMENIAN News




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