"Red Wine 2016" was visited by 80,000 tourists
Today, in Mukachevo, the official and expert results of the festival "Red Wine-2016" were announced.
The Mayor Andriy Baloha, community activist and one of the organizers of the festival Maxim Adamenko, tourism experts Professor Fedir Shandor and Oleksandr Koval were talking with journalists.
The Mayor Andriy Baloha said that preparations for the 22nd wine festival, which will take place in January 2017, must begin today with elimination of mistakes: "Together with the organizing committee, we tried to make it all but there are many problematic issues which should be considered to make the next festival even better. Those are lack of space and expansion of paths, safety and the work of security during the festival and so on. I think that the festival's organizing committee should work whole year."
Also at the conference, the number of visitors to the festival was announced. This year it was a record - 80 thousand visitors from all over Ukraine and Transcarpathia. In comparison, in past years, the festival would be visited by about 50,000 people.
Tourism expert Fedir Shandor said that it is necessary to take into account all comments from guests and participants to avoid mistakes in the next year. Also the expert told about a meticulous attention to the winemakers who participated in the festival this year. In total, 57 winemakers applied for participation. The Tasting Commission only selected 40 best wine producers. Representatives of four districts of Transcarpathia, namely Mukachevo, Irshava, Beregovo and Uzhgorod - took part in this year's festival.
Oleksander Koval at the conference stressed that it is necessary to work more with tourists, and to work with winemakers throughout the year.
"We need to teach winemakers, get them together, visit different wine zones of Transcarpathia to exchange experiences. We must put emphasis on product quality and exchange of experience between winemakers - Oleksandr Koval said.