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EU-supported Family Wine Cellar, Farmers' Consultation Center and Degustation Hall was opened in Dedoplistskaro municipality

EU-supported Family Wine Cellar, Farmers’ Consultation Center and Degustation Hall was opened in Dedoplistskaro municipality

A Family Wine Cellar, Farmers’ Consultation Center and Degustation Hall was opened in Dedoplistskaro municipality with the support of the EU’s Rural Development Project. The EU ENPARD grant assistance helped create 12 permanent and 20 seasonal jobs, and encouraged the local farmer to produce high-quality organic wine following the European standards as well as Georgian traditions.
Total budget of the rural development initiative is 68,188 GEL, where 29,936 GEL is EU grant issued under the project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” and 38,252 GEL is co-financing by the beneficiary. The project beneficiary, farmer Davit Nasarashvili has 10 years’ experience in wine making and viticulture (planting vineyard, applying different methods of wine making). He owns vineyards on 7 hectares with 8 different varieties of grape.
Based on the needs and opportunities of Dedoplistskaro municipality, David Nasarashvili had been long planning to popularize old Georgian wine varieties, such as Khikhvi, Kisi, Zhgia, Shavkapito, along with providing advisory services to winemakers and production-realization of organic wine. As a result of the implemented project, modern equipment was purchased for European and traditional kvevri wine cellar which operates in the center of the Dedoplistskaro city. The Farmer Service Center and visitors’ reception-degustation hall was also opened, which will be a perfect place for tourists attraction.
At the initial stage, realization of European and traditional wine is planned only on the local market. After receiving bio-certification, Davit Nasarashvili plans to sell wine in European countries as well. As a result of the granted project 12 persons are employed permanently, 7 of them are women. During the seasonal works, that lasts 8 months, the number of employees will reach 20 people, out of which 12 will be women and 4 pensioners.
EU supported ENPARD II project “Promoting Citizen Engagement for Economic Development (PROCEED)” is implemented by HEKS/EPER Georgia in partnership with Elkana. The project aims at contributing to the reduction of poverty in the Dedoplistskaro Municipality of the Kakheti region in Eastern Georgia.
The project facilitated elaboration of Local Development Strategy for Dedoplistskaro Municipality, foundation of local action group and grant applications’ evaluation committee. After implementation of the training on proposal writing techniques, project received 70 full grant applications. Steering committee finally selected 32 rural development initiatives based on in advance elaborated and approved evaluation mechanism. After finalization of technical assessment process and delivery of final business plans, applicants will start implementation of the projects.
The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through the ENPARD programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at www.enpard.ge.