New wine, new bottle

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Addis Ababa, 30 March 2014 (WIC) -  The sister company of BGI Ethiopia (owner of St. George Brewery,) Castel Winery Plc was inaugurated by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Saturday.
Castel Winery Plc spent some 500 million birr on the expansion of a state-owned vineyard located in Battu, some 160Km south west of the capital Addis Ababa.
The company, owned by Pierre Castel, is France’s largest producer and is present in West Africa. The company obtained 300 hectares of land in a lease agreement.
The winery has a production capacity of 1.4 million bottles. Half of the product will be exported to major markets in China, the US and Europe. Castel Winery has two product lines namely Rift Valley and Acacia. (Reporter)