Unlike Georgian wine, Georgian cognac exports to Russia have not been suspended. Cognac companies claim that demand for Georgian cognac is high in Russia.
Wine companies inform “Commersant” that they have suspended exports of wine to Russia, but George Sharvashidze, JSC Sarajishvili Commercial Director, says that the export of cognac to Russia is carried out without any problems. The company exported about 60 000 bottles at the end of December.
According to Sharvashidze, the company plans to carry out about the same volume of exports in a few weeks, however, adds that the future export capacity is not clear yet due to the devaluation of the ruble in Russia.
Akaki Tsopurashvili, General Director at Wine Company SHUMI , states that in total 18 000 bottles of cognac have been exported to Russia. He says that they like Georgian cognac in Russia and the interest is big.
In Tsopurashvili’s words, the company already has a partner who is interested in the export of cognac from Georgia to Russia. In the near future the company plans to export its products to Russia, but Tsopurashvili refrains from naming a specific number.