In January-September 2020, alcohol sales in Russia increased by 2%, while wine sales increased by 6.5%. This was announced by Viktor Yevtukhov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia.
According to him, the production of protected geographical indication (PGI), sparkling (by more than 50%) and still wines (by 22%) increased significantly. While the production of wine drinks dropped by two-thirds compared to 2019.
“This is a direct consequence of the entry into force of the new law on viticulture and winemaking. The networks are demanding more and more Russian wine and fewer wine drinks that are not wine, but mimic it, “- quoted Evtukhov on November 26,” Rossiyskaya Gazeta “.
The Deputy Minister stated that the sale of Russian wines was spurred on by a pandemic: with the closure of the borders, tourists reached out to domestic resorts and there they tasted Russian wine.
The Law on Viticulture and Winemaking was adopted in December 2019. It regulates the conditions for the wine industry and provides for the introduction of a single comprehensive legal regulation in the field of production and circulation of wine products.