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Vodka's Days Numbered? Russians Increasingly Prefer Champagne

Brazilians still drink more champagne, but not for long!


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Russians are increasingly turning from vodka to champagne. According to the Director General of the International Vineyard and Wine Office, Jean-Marie Oran, this country is the second world consumer of sparkling wines, outstripped only by Brazil.  Among other countries, Northern Europe and North America enhance sparkling wine production. Recently, the Asian countries have joined them.

China became the fifth world wine consumer and eighth world wine manufacturer, while the positions of Brazil, New Zealand and Chili in the wine-making market are also growing.

The Deputy Director of the All-Russia Research and Development Institute of the Brewing, Beverage and Wine-Making Industry, Alexander Panasyuk told  Interfax that Russia produces about 45-50 million.deciliters of wine every year, half of which is produced in the Krasnodar Region. He says we will be able to be confident of increasing wine production in five years, when newly planted vines mature.


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