First Azer­bai­jani Wine House opens in China

Azer News - - Nation - By Naila Huseynli

The first Azer­bai­jani Wine House opened in Urumqi, China on Septem­ber 2.

Azer­bai­jan Wine House will sup­port the ex­port of na­tional prod­ucts, ex­pand the vol­ume and ge­og­ra­phy of ex­ports, and pro­mote the brand Made in Azer­bai­jan in Chi­nese mar­ket.

Min­istry of Econ­omy re­ported that along with of­fi­cials of both coun­tries, the event was at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of wine pro­duc­ers of Azer­bai­jan and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Chi­nese wine sales com­pa­nies.

Var­i­ous types of Azer­bai­jani wines with spe­cial taste and qual­ity will be shown in the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion of Wine House.

Speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony, Mao Huey, Deputy Chief of In­ter­na­tional Group on In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions of the Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion of the Peo­ple's Repub­lic of China, Yusif Ab­dul­layev, Head of AZPROMO, Tey­mur Nadiroglu, Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Azer­bai­jan in China, Chen Gan, Vice Pres­i­dent of China's YEMA In­ter­na­tional, Elchin Mata­tov, head of Azer­bai­jan Wine Pro­duc­ers and Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion, and oth­ers em­pha­sized that Wine house will con­trib­ute to the ex­pan­sion of the Azer­bai­jani-Chi­nese eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions, and in­crease the ex­port of Azer­bai­jani prod­ucts.

In the frame­work of the event, a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on co­op­er­a­tion was signed be­tween AZPROMO and Chi­nese YEMA.

In ad­di­tion, a press con­fer­ence ded­i­cated to Azer­bai­jani wines was held, pre­sen­ta­tions and the video clips on the de­vel­op­ment of win­ery were shown, as well as tast­ing of Azer­bai­jani wines has been or­ga­nized for com­pa­nies engaged in wine sales in China.

In the fu­ture Azer­bai­jan plans to open new trade and wine houses in for­eign coun­tries in or­der to sim­u­late ex­port and pro­duc­tion, pro­mote its na­tional brand, as well as ex­pand the sale of Azer­bai­jani prod­ucts in for­eign coun­tries.

The his­tory of winemaking in Azer­bai­jan dates back to an­cient times, while Azer­bai­jani wine trade has flour­ished since Soviet pe­riod. In ac­cor­dance with the sta­tis­tics, 210 winer­ies op­er­ated in Azer­bai­jan in the 1980, while over 151.000 spe­cial­ists worked in the winemaking com­pa­nies.

After the col­lapse of Soviet Union, the coun­try has been slowly re­build­ing and mod­ern­iz­ing its wine in­dus­try. To­day, the coun­try has about 10 winer­ies spread out in its five main wine­grow­ing re­gions— Tovuz, Shamakhi, Ganja, Ga­bala, and Is­mailli. The main ex­port di­rec­tions of the Azer­bai­jani wine are Rus­sia and China.

Cur­rently, Azer­bai­jan has over 20 grape va­ri­eties be­ing used for winemaking and more than 12,000 hectares of pri­mar­ily re­planted vine­yards, grape va­ri­etals in­clude the clas­sics; Chardon­nay, Ries­ling, Mer­lot, Syrah and Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. As well as, the tra­di­tional va­ri­eties are Ma­trasa, Saper­avi, Rk­a­siteli, and Mus­cat.

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