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The exports of Bulgarian wine have surged by 2% year-on-year in 2012, Minister of Agriculture and Food Dr. Miroslav Naydenov said at the traditional pruning of the vines at the Rose Valley winery vineyard in Sopot.


On the domestic market, a total of 102 561 572 litres of wine were sold in 2012, up 10% from a year earlier. Exports for the same period added up to 59 395 962 litres. Wine produced in 2012 totals 130 579 777 litres as per latest statistics, up by 25 600 077 on the previous year. The bulk of the exports went to Russia, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Germany.


Minister Naydenov greeted all vine growers and wine makers for Trifon Zarezan, the day when Bulgarians celebrate wine and the eponymous patron. Vine growing is a strenuous business as work begins now but the benefits are only reaped in the autumn, the minister noted.


The vine pruning ceremony was also attended by Minister of Education, Youth and Science Stefan Vodenicharov. The two ministers announced that the Sopot high-school will be designated a professional vine and wine school to ensure that well-prepared experts enter the industry.

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