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Wine Cluster Montenegro

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 17 May, 2007
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Other
Other Label: 
Registered in National Cluster Register
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Ilija
Mugosa
Cluster Manager
+38268619904
ilija.mugosa@gmail.com
Rade
Rajkovic
Project Manager
+38269014382
vinogradari@t-com.me
Languages spoken: 
Croatian
English
Serbian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Crop Production
Safe production methods
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Emerging industries: 
Biopharmaceuticals
Experience Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Linking agro-based industries with tourism industry
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
350
Number of SME members: 
370
Number of larger company members: 
1
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Plantaze 13. jul
Larger Company
Ministry of Economy
Biotechnology Faculty
Research Organisation
Faculty for Food Technology
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Association of winemakers and growers of Montenegro is representing the interests of growers and winemakers at national and international level and organize/manage their joint efforts to improve quality standards of produced wine and grapes. Association is formed in 2007 and since then it’s helping individual wine growers and producers to align their production to standards applied in European Union. Since that time Association contributed to legalization of 50 wineries production and they moved wine into the legal flows. Association is providing assistance to more than 350 members through following: 1) Purchase of planting material for Montenegrin wine growers (from 2007 more than 3.000.000 grapes was purchased) 2) Purchase of wine growing and wine production equipment under preferential terms 3) Support in participation to domestic and international fairs 4) Official counterpart of Ministry of Agriculture and member of working group for drafting new law on wine 5) Organizing joint activities of wine makers such as: fairs, sale events, auctions, study tours, equipment purchase as well as purchase of raw materials. Association of winemakers and growers of Montenegro is member of European association of independent growers and winemakers which makes them first agricultural organization amongst others to be member of one of the European associations. Association of winemakers and growers of Montenegro is recommended partner by Government to all donor partners in field of wine growing and wine making.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

Association is providing assistance to more than 350 members through following: 1) Purchase of planting material for Montenegrin wine growers (from 2007 more than 3.000.000 grapes was purchased) 2) Purchase of wine growing and wine production equipment under preferential terms 3) Support in participation to domestic and international fairs 4) Official counterpart of Ministry of Agriculture and member of working group for drafting new law on wine 5) Organizing joint activities of wine makers such as: fairs, sale events, auctions, study tours, equipment purchase as well as purchase of raw materials. Association of winemakers and growers of Montenegro is member of European association of independent growers and winemakers which makes them first agricultural organization amongst others to be member of one of the European associations. Association of winemakers and growers of Montenegro is recommended partner by Government to all donor partners in field of wine growing and wine making. In that manner association implemented couple international cluster development project such as: Enhancing competitiveness of local SMEs in Montenegro through cluster development (in two phases from 2012 until 2016) and Wine Tourism Network. 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
None
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Albania
Croatia
Serbia
Slovenia
North Macedonia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

From the formation date Wine Cluster and its members are regularly participating on events organized oin the region related to study tous, fairs, international wine competitions, match making events. 

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Eden Cluster from Macedonia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
Other

Enhancing competitiveness of local SMEs in Montenegro through cluster development

National: 

  1. Enhancing competitiveness of local SMEs in Montenegro through cluster development (in two phases from 2012 until 2016); 
  2. Wine Tourism Network
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

About page: http://www.winesofmontenegro.me/?page_id=26 

Cluster is supporting SMEs through three pillars:

  1. Diversification of activities: Promoting new ways of doing business. Selling products to tourism sector and development o tourism capacities within their housholds. 
  2. Promotion: Enhancing companies market position through improving their promotional and marketing capacities and enhancing their cross cluster linkages (tourism)
  3. Product finalization: through all activities cluster is trying to enhance finalization capacities of wine makers. 
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Wine cluster is non government organization with is mainly fouces on assistance to its members adn cluster management team is consisted from high professionals taking care about local activities related to SMEs assistance and growers assitance. In addition Cluster is focusing on national and regional projects (vross border and IPA projects).