Georgian Spirits Production (2010): 13,585,000 liters = 55,828,000 GEL(Average 2010 Exchange Rate 1USD=1.8GEL).Georgian Vodka Production (2010): 5,164,000 liters = 17,271,000 GEL(Average 2010 Exchange Rate 1USD=1.8GEL).
GeorgianBrandy & Spirits
Sector overview HS Code: 2208Georgia is renowned for its high quality wines made of unique grape varieties and with various traditional technologies of making brandy and other wine distillations. Th ere are specifi c types of Georgian grapes that are ideal for the spirits used in production of brandy: Tsitska, Tsolikauri, Rqat-siteli, Mtsvane, Chinuri. It has been proved that they are very similar to the French grapes that are used for the production of Cognac and therefore a high quality brandy is made of them.
Th e main market players in Georgian brandy industry are a few but with the high standard equip-ment and possess long-term experience and traditions. Th e companies have given their products the French classifi cation of brandy VS, VSOP, XO thus maintaining its quality standards to those of French Cognac.
Georgian Brandy Production (2010): 618,000 liters = 8,644,600 GEL(Average 2010 Exchange Rate 1USD=1.8GEL).
Th e spirits in Georgia are distilled using modern equipment and multiple fi ltration systems. Strict quality and laboratory control is carried out at all production stages, both in blending-production and bottling process. Th e companies are using raw material: wheat, bread, maize and oats. Th ere are only several companies in the sector, i.e. Ushba Distillery, Gomi, which concentrate solely on Vodka production.
Georgia has its own traditional technology of distillation of spirits from grape pomace (material left aft er production of wine) called DChacha, which is similar to Italian Grappa, Spanish orujo, French marc, etc. Production of this type of spirit is also practiced using fi gs, tangerines, orang-es. DChacha has been renowned as a homemade product throughout centuries in Georgia and only recently wine companies started factory production, but not without success. Th e Estragon DChaha of company Binekhi was awarded with silver medal on the Mundus Vini, the worlds biggest wine competition in 2007.
Georgia as a Trading Partner0% entry tariff for Georgian spirits in - Al-bania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus Hong Kong (SAR China), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Ma-cao (SAR China), Uzbekistan, Micronesia (Federated States of), Moldova, Republic of, Norway, Tajikistan, Tonga, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America, Macedonia, Th e former Yugoslav Republic of. 0% -5% entry tariff for Georgian spirits in - Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, Estonia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Finland, France, Ger-many, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lat-via, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Neth-erlands, Poland, Portugal, Romani, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Slova-kia, Croatia, Japan, Montserrat, Switzer-land, Chinese Taipei, Botswana, Singapore, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Australia, Kuwait, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Bahamas, Russian Federation5%-10% entry tariff for Georgian spirits in - Chile, Peru, Haiti, Bolivia, China, Ko-sovo, Mayotte, Nicaragua, Morocco 10%-15% entry tariff for Georgian spirits in - Nicaragua, South Africa, Philippines, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Mauritius
Competitive advantages Longest tradition of making brandy and spirits Advanced technological production process and attractive packaging High quality raw materials Advantageous price/quality correlation A stable and growing economy 0% import tariff in more than 50 countries