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SPIEF 2022. The Wine Industry: A Scientific Renaissance

7 June 2022
Современное виноградарство и виноделие: научный ренессанс

For the third time, the business programme of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (15–18 June, ExpoForum) will include a session on viticulture and winemaking. 

“Over the past four years, the industry has seen significant change in support measures. Federal Law No. 468-FZ “On viticulture and winemaking” was adopted in 2019. It regulates the industry and is fundamental for all the country’s winemakers,” said Anton Kobyakov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Executive Secretary of the SPIEF Organizing Committee. 

The session will be attended by Arsen Karapetyan, Director General of MOE VINO; Dmitry Kiselev, Chairman of the Board of Association "Federal Self-Regulatory Organization of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia"; Veniamin Kondratiev, Governor of Krasnodar Territory; Valery Troychuk, First Deputy Director General of Massandra; Dmitry Fedosov, Head of Laboratory of Genetic Technologies of Viticulture and Oenology. President of Kurchatov Institute Mikhail Kovalchuk will moderate the session. 

During the session, experts will discuss why it is important to ensure Russia’s food security today, it is crucial to not only increase the production of agricultural products domestically, but to also create closed technological food production cycles that are based on new highly efficient domestic agricultural and microbiological technologies and are also fully independent of the import of raw materials, fertilizers, and seed material. They will also address the potential solutions based on introducing the results of scientific research and development into production. 

“Our country has always been among the leaders in developing a systemic scientific approach to agriculture and in industrial biotechnologies. Today, a world-class Kurchatov Genome Centre has been established for these purposes as part of the Federal Scientific and Technical Programme for the Development of Genetic Technologies in 2019–2027, which is responsible for developing advanced technologies based on genetic research and implementing them in agriculture and industrial biotechnology at the national level. Today’s viticulture and winemaking are in need of a scientific approach,” noted Dmitry Kiselev. 

Russia's winemaking geography and the creation of wines from unique autochthonous grape varieties with their authenticity is a hallmark of our country. For several years now, serious attention has been paid in Russia to developing the basis of the quality of the wine industry – its raw material base. 

“Viticulture and winemaking are becoming a science-based industry within agriculture. Today, we are able to grow domestic types of grape and develop advanced winemaking technologies, which are involve cutting-edge achievements of geneticists, microbiologists and other scientists. Why do winemakers study soil, climate, water resources, and yeast strains? How does it affect the taste of wine? Which Russian regions are suitable for wineries? What is the pedigree of the domestic types of grape? What genome research can enhance their quality and yield?” said Mikhail Kovalchuk. 

For the first time, SPIEF will feature a full-fledged thematic platform by the Roscongress Foundation and the Russian Agricultural Bank called VinoGrad, dedicated to winemaking and viticulture. It will offer exclusive networking and invaluable experience for anyone involved in winemaking, thinking about investing in this business or simply a wine connoisseur. 

“We see a high potential in Russian winemaking would like to support domestic producers. Our customers include winemaking businesses. Together with our partners from Roskachestvo, we are developing a Russian wine guide and promoting Russian wines among the Russian gastronomic community. We are ready to offer winemakers the best financial support instruments, as well as cutting-edge solutions of the digital agribusiness,” said Andrey Dalnov, Head of the Center for Industry Expertise at the Russian Agricultural Bank. 

The VinoGrad platform is located in the heart of ExpoForum – in the Passage, which is the main artery of SPIEF 2022 and will combine unique formats: wine presentations, tasting sessions, open discussions with wine industry experts, pitch sessions, debates, lectures, and evening cultural events. 

Through dialogue between producers, consumers and wine market regulators, current topics in the wine market will be revealed and taken to the next level by promoting products and services to an exclusive audience and by introducing innovative solutions and managerial expertise in the development of the industry. 

Winemakers are preparing for the First Russian Wine Forum, organized by the Roscongress Foundation and the Association ‘Federal Self-Regulatory Organization of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia’, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation. The date and venue of the Forum will be announced later. 

Check out the updates on the SPIEF 2022 preparation in the official Forum social network accounts.