YEREVAN, October 4. /ARKA/. Armenian enologists should grow new high-quality grape varieties in order to supply the demand of winemaking enterprises in the near future, Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said Thursday at Fruitfull Armenia’s Eighth Annual Forum “Prospects for development of viticulture and winemaking in Armenia.”
“Today’s statistical data show that in the near future grape demand will exceed its supply. At the same time, there will be more strict grape quality requirements, and our farmers will have to pay attention to new grape varieties,” he said.
According to him, it is necessary to produce grape using modern methods initially, and to emphasize its quality improvement.
“The research shows that we have quite great potential for developing viticulture, and we are glad to admit that we have pretty significant investments in this sphere,” Sargsyan added.
According to Ministry of Agriculture, the vintage in Armenia may total 235,000-240,000 tons at the year’s out against 229, 400 tons in 2011. Grape processing enterprises pledge to purchase up to 166,000 tons of grape versus 128,900 tons last year.
Famous winemakers, viticulturists and marketers from France, Argentina, Austria and other countries participate in the forum.
Michel Rolland, one of the most famous enologists in the world, world wine guru, will also attend the forum. Together with the other experts he will degustate the whole wine assortment presented by Armenian winemakers at the forum.
Fruitfull Armenia is an independent non-for-profit organization established to foster the development of the farming and food processing market sectors in Armenia. It has been organizing agro- forums in Yerevan since 2005.-0-