Kazakhstan to export wine to China, Russia and Europe

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan’s company Arba Wine is planning to export its quality wines to China, Russia, Europe, and the United States. The company currently produces up to 300 thousand bottles of red and white dry wine per year, according to Kazakhstan’s national export and investment promotion agency KAZNEX INVEST.

Arba Wine considers China as a major sales market, and is going to participate in the Pro Wine international exhibition to be held in November in Shanghai.  

The company’s wines have been awarded at the International Wine Challenge in London and at China Wine & Spirits Awards.

“The export of Kazakh wine is one of directions in the promotion and positioning of Kazakhstan in foreign markets as a producer of high-quality products,” said Askar Arynov, managing director of KAZNEX INVEST. “In 2015, Kazakhstan exported 727 thousand liters of grape wine worth $3.9 million, a 4.8-fold increase in monetary terms compared to 2014. The main sales market is China. In 2015 China accounted for 99.7 percent of Kazakhstan’s wine export. In 2014, Kazakhstan exported 92.3 percent of its wine to China and 7.7 percent to Russia.”  

In 2015, Kazakhstan imported 11.6 million liters of wine for $40.2 million, a 27.6-percent decrease in monetary terms compared to the previous year. The largest wine exporters to Kazakhstan are Georgia (36.5 percent), Moldova (21 percent), Italy (17.2 percent), and France (11.5 percent).

Sergey Kwan

TCA