A group of deputies from United Russia prepared proposals for a draft law on winemaking
A group of deputies from United Russia prepared proposals for a draft law on winemaking and sent them to the chairman of the State Duma committee on economic policy, Sergei Zhigarev, Vedomosti reported.
According to the publication, the deputies are proposing to remove all bans on advertising wine from Russian grapes. Now alcohol advertising is prohibited, but Russian wine is allowed to be advertised in the print press, at food and restaurant exhibitions, as well as on radio and television at night.
The Ministry of Agriculture also prepared amendments to the law on advertising: the department proposed to allow outdoor advertising of wines with a protected geographical indication and an appellation of origin within a radius of 200 km from production sites, as well as at the entrances to large shopping facilities and hotels with a capacity of over 30 rooms. The representative of the ministry said that the project will be submitted to the government by the end of the year.
In addition, the deputies want to oblige retail stores to place Russian wine on separate stands and racks in the best places. Such are considered places at the eye level of the buyer or slightly lower. It is proposed that products made from Russian grapes be labeled “Made from Russian grapes”, and the rest should not be called Russian. Moreover, information about the origin should occupy at least 30% of the label.
A representative of the Association of Retail Companies told Vedomosti that such measures create unequal conditions for competition, limit consumers and need to be worked out.
The President of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers Leonid Popovich said that about a third of the wine consumed is made from Russian grapes, about the same amount is imported wine material, and about 40% comes from imported bottled wine.
Wine production in Russia from 2015 to 2018 fell by a quarter – to 30.4 million decalitres, and imports grew by a third – to 22.6 million, according to the Federal State Statistics Service and the Federal Customs Service.