Hvino News | Georgian Wine News: Georgia embraces tougher wine producing regulations

Unfortunately, the heavy hand of government once again falls on long-established industry practices that benefited both wineries and surrounding communities.

By banning sales of grape pomace (“chacha” in Georgian), the state is cutting off a useful source of revenue from wineries; sale of pomace to small village distillers who make their own chacha/aquavit/grappa from the pulp and sell it locally. No compensation is to be paid to such distillers as far as anyone knows.

Attempts to incorporate grape pomace in dairy cattle feed are now also to end as a result.

While poor quality wine made from pomace, or grape concentrate, or even jelly crystals has been an issue in the past in the Caucasus (both South and North), surely the principal of caveat emptor should prevail? It is arguable that this is only problematic if the product is fraudulently passed off as a premium branded product.  If low income people in the village are willing to pay for low-quality wine made from byproducts of vinification, and the end product is not unduly hazardous to health, then why interfere in normal market mechanisms?

29.10.2014. The Georgian government is taking a tougher stance on the country’s currently relaxed regulations on wine productions and making it illegal for wine producers to sell the grape pomace, a grape residue left after making wine.In particular, the wine producers will be obliged to use the pomace, according to today’s resolution of the Prime Minister.The government believed the new rules acted as a preventive measure that would further protect the wine sector and eliminate the production and distribution of low-quality wines.Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the parliament of Georgia Giga Agulashvili believed there were occasions when pomace had been produced for secondary use. “Furthermore, it was resulting in adding sugar and water to the pomace and low quality of wine being produced,” Agulashvili said.The MP believed the resolution would encourage the production of pomace oil and use of pomace as a bio-fertilizer.

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