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Final results of VII All-Russia Summit of Winemakers 2017

“We are creating the new history of winemaking!”

On October 14, 2017 the famous winemaking village Abrau-Durso hosted a landmark event, which makes the greatest impact on the formation of key trends in the domestic viticultural industry and wine industry as a whole.

A versatile chain of events related to grapes and wine business held throughout the autumn, each of which undoubtedly makes its fair contribution to the development of the notion of “Russian wine”, which is of greatest importance to us, found its logical ending in VII All-Russia Summit of Winemakers.

The Summit reaffirmed its role as a venue where all current “rules of winemakers” are formulated.

For the seventh time, more than 800 heads of viticultural and winemaking businesses, market experts, representatives of legislative and executive authorities, winegrowers and winemakers met in a friendly and business atmosphere.

The annual tasting competition “UWWR Cup 2017”, as well as an exhibition of winemaking products made in Kuban, Don and Lower Volga region, Dagestan, Stavropolye, Crimea, and Sevastopol, were held as part of the Summit.
The Summit’s central event – the annual open session of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia – was for the first time held in the format of open dialogue, with a famous TV host and journalist Evelina Zakamskaya as moderator.

This informal discussion included such participants as A. Tkachev, Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation; S. Neverov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Parliamentary Leader of United Russia; A. Korobka, Vice Governor of Krasnodarsky Krai; V. Mishelovin, Head of Fiscal Control Department of Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation; B. Titov, RF Presidential Commissioner for the Rights of Businessmen, Chairman of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia; and L. Popovich, President of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia. From the audience, expert opinions were expressed by I. Demchenko, State Duma deputy; V. Yemelyanovich, General Director of OOO Kuban-Vino; N. Molchanov and A. Sklyarov, farmers and winemakers; L. Rafailov, General Director of AST Wine Trading Holding; A. Korneev and A. Sarkisyan, heads of professional associations of sommeliers; J. Nemtseva, Managing Partner of AdConsul, and other professionals involved in the industry.

Just like in many other industries of the country, winegrowing and winemaking have seen the beginning of active import phase-out and effort aimed at increasing the output of domestic product. It requires not only major investment, but also original strategic solutions. “Wine is a patriotic product,” A. Tkachev noted. “We have been faced with this challenge for the first time, we are making the first steps, but we’ll do our best to overcome all problems we encounter on the way to forming a winegrowing and winemaking cluster. We are creating the new history of winemaking”.

Real progress in this sphere will only be possible after the draft law on the development of winemaking and winegrowing in the Russian Federation is approved by the State Duma. According to S. Neverov, it is preferable that the draft law is approved in the first reading as soon as possible, and finally adopted by the current State Duma.

B. Titov encouraged winemakers to join their efforts in solving common problems. One example of such joint effort may be the initiative by the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia’s Council for joint financing of developing a promotional marketing strategy for Russian winemaking products in the domestic and international markets under a single brand “Wine of Russia”, which will be created by French company HAVAS Worldwide.
The necessity to adjust the state promotional policy with respect to winemaking products was also discussed on the sidelines of the Summit. The discussion participants specifically highlighted the necessity to employ a customized approach to enforcement practice of the Law on Advertising with respect to promotion materials and information concerning Russian wine.

Heads of companies shared their intention to carry on with increasing the investment in the development of the industry, emphasizing the necessity and importance of continued increase in state and financial support.
According to tradition, UWWR Cup professional tasting competition was held in the course of three days preceding the Summit. This year, the jury was comprised of: Stéphane Derenoncourt, an iconic French winemaker and manager of milestone international winemaking projects; Robert Joseph, founder of the world’s largest competition – International Wine Challenge; Attilio Scienza, oenologist, professor of Viticulture Department of Milan University; Darrel Joseph, a well-known specialist in wines of Central and Eastern Europe, promoter of Russian wine abroad; Nicoletta Dicova, an independent expert and a rising star of Italian wine criticism, and Anatoly Korneev, the only representative of Russia, Vice President of the Russian Association of Sommeliers.
Following the results of the competition, 6 best examples of winemaking products of 2017 were identified:

Best white wine of Russia 2017. Wine of geographical denomination Fanagoria Shardonnay. 100 Shades of White 2015, OAO APF Fanagoria, Krasnodarsky Krai.

Best red wine of Russia 2017. Wine of geographical denomination Dostoyny Classic 2016, OOO Yubileynaya Winery, Krasnodarsky Krai.

Best sparkling wine (champagne) of Russia 2017, classic technique. Russian Champagne Aged Brut White Temelion 2012, 000 Lefkadia, Krasnodarsky Krai.

Best sparkling wine (champagne) of Russia 2017, tank technique. Russian champagne Brut White St. Petersburg. Traditional 2017, ZAO Igristye Vina, St. Petersburg.

Best liqueur wine of 2017. Derbent Golden 1995 AO Derbent Cognac Factory, Republic of Dagestan.

Best liqueur wine of 2017. Premium Port Wine Sevastopol 1994, Inkerman Premium Wine Factory, Sevastopol.

Best wine of Russia 2017 produced from an indigenous grape variety. Wine of geographical denomination Vedernikovskoe Aged Dry Red Krasnotop Zolotovsky 2012, Millerovsky Wine Factory, Rostov Region.

More detailed information concerning the competition results can be found at the Summit‘s website. Event organizers: Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia (UWWR), Abrau-Durso Russian Wine House with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Administration of Krasnodarsky Krai. Information partners Kuban 24, Simple Wine News. Event partners: AdConsul, Pozis, BBR. Photo Report from VII All-Russia Summit of Winemakers 2017

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