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LONDON, May 20 (Itar-Tass) - Russian wine companies will present their products at the London International Wine Fair 2013 that is opening on Monday. It will last until May 22.
This year, the market professionals will present at the fair more than 50 wines from Russian producers. Russia’s companies for the third time are taking part in the event and pin major hopes on it to promote their products. At the exhibition, which takes place in the ExCeL Centre in the east of London, the Russian winemakers are hoping to sign the first contracts on the supply of their products to the UK.
The visit of representatives of wine companies to the British capital began on May 16 with a press briefing at the Russian Embassy. RF Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko made a welcoming address at the meeting. “It is a very important event for us, because usually we try to promote oil and natural gas products, nuclear energy and high technology,” he said, adding that “for the first time the embassy presents Russia wines.”
Yakovenko also expressed the hope that in the near future it will be possible to order Russian wine at UK restaurants. “I hope that the time will come soon when it will be possible to come to the best local restaurants and order there Russian wines,” the diplomat concluded.
After the briefing, there was a presentation of winemakers from the Krasnodar Territory and Rostov Region, including the Abrau-Durso and Lefkadia companies. Winemakers told the meeting participants about the technology of their winemaking. They also noted that the price of their wine, which, they hope, will go on sale on the UK market, will range from 5 to 10 pounds sterling per bottle. Nine different types of wines were presented at the wine testing.
The British experts who were present at the meeting assessed the presented Russian products. According to the experts, the quality of Russian wine is high and it has good chances to get to the local market.