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Friday, July 25, 2014

NWA comments on the Georgian wine museum project

25.07.2014 (Hvino News) Director of the National Wine Agency  Levan Davitashvili made comments regarding the Georgian Wine Museum project, announced earlier this year (see Prime Minister Garibashvili initiates wine museum and National Wine Day).

Mr. Davitashvili said "there is no country in the world where a wine museum has a status of National Museum; such institutions are established with private capital. For example, in Spain there are up to 60 museums, and all of them are privately owned". This is why the head of Wine Agency believes the Georgian museum as a unique project.

"There are not many similar museums in the world.  In our museum the archaeological material of the Georgian wine industry will be displayed. In addition, visitors will be able to familiarize themselves with modern technologies of  wine production,"- Davitashvili says.

In his words, currently work on the statute of the museum is underway, which must be approved by the government.

The museum, called  "very ambitious project" by Davitashvli, will be built on the Turtle Lake area in Tbiilisi, near the  Ethnographic Museum. The museum project will be finalized in the spring of next year. However, neither the exact date of opening nor the amount of project funding are known.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Project revives failing Georgian grape varieties

24.07.2014. Georgia’s disappearing grape vines are being brought back to life. A government-led project has launched with the aim of recovering unique and rare species of Georgian grape varieties.

Georgia’s National Wine Agency, under the Ministry of Agriculture, has distributed 7,000 vines to local winemakers in a bid to stimulate growth of the diminishing grape varieties. The Agency is planning to increase this to 70,000 vines across the country as the project moves ahead.

In Adjara, in Western Georgia, special greenhouses have been built where new vine seedlings will be planted, including Tsolikauri, Aladasturi, Mekrenchkhi, Butko, Satsuri, Chkhaveri and Jani varieties.

Georgia is known all around the globe for its ancient winemaking methods that create unique wine. There are more than 500 local grape varieties in Georgia.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Otar Danelia named as agriculture minister, replacing Shalva Pipia

22.07.2014 (Hvino News). Otar Danelia, first deputy minister of agriculture, has been named today for the post of agriculture minister, replacing Shalva Pipia.

Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced an unexpected cabinet reshuffle on Monday. Seven ministers resigned, including Shalva Pipia. Mr. Pipia served as minister of agriculture since May 2013 (see Georgia's agricultural minister resigned amidst fraud scandal).

“I am sure that with his creativity and motivation will lead the Agriculture Ministry with success,” Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said of Mr. Danelia.

“All the projects initiated under my predecessor will continue, plus all those projects that the country has to implement as part of the commitments under the Association Agreement with the EU,” Mr. Danelia said.

Otar Danelia was appointed as first deputy minister of agriculture in April, 2014. Before that he served as head of the Interior Ministry’s Service Agency for few months and was deputy head of logistics department at the Interior Ministry since 2013. Otar Danelia has also worked in Georgian companies including SilkNet and Bank Republic, as well as in international organizations. Danelia studied law at the University of Tbilisi, he also graduated from the Diplomatic Academy.

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New Georgian Minister of Agriculture to be announced today

22.07.2014 (Hvino News). Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced an unexpected cabinet reshuffle on Monday that will require all government ministers to face a fresh confidence vote in parliament.

The premier said he would name by Wednesday new candidates to replace outgoing ministers, including Shalva Pipia, Minister of Agriculture.

Mr. Pipia served as Minister of Agriculture since May 2013 (see Georgia's agricultural minister resigned amidst fraud scandal)

"We need to double our energy, motivation and efficiency in order to deliver on all promises pledged by the (ruling) Georgian Dream (coalition)," Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said, giving no further reasons behind his decision.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spain and Georgia became active members of the A.S.I.

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20.07.2014 (Hvino News) Two International Sommelier Association (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, A.S.I.) observer members for 4 years, Georgia and Spain, became active members thanks to the positive vote of the General Assembly in Reims on July 5th, according to official information of A.S.I.

Shalva Khetsuriani, president of the Georgian Sommeliers Association, supported by the Russian Association, said that he was very grateful and really willing to enhance sommellerie in Georgia. Read also here.

Pablo Martin, president of the UAES, supported by UDSF and its president Michel Hermet, also said he was very proud and moved to come back with full rights in the great family of the A.S.I.

Now the A.S.I. counts with 57 active members, from 57 countries around the world.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I'm looking forward to the day when Georgian wine will be available on the EU market - Stefan Fule

19.07.2014.  The Association Agreement will help Georgia to catch up with the European Union, Stefan Fule (Štefan Füle), European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy, said in his speech in the Parliament of Georgia.

He said that Georgia will become more competitive and it means that it will find its place in the deep and comprehensive free trade area.

"Trade between Georgia and the EU will open up new opportunities. Of course, it will also facilitate Georgia’s trade with the rest of the world, will provide better products to the Georgian customers and will deepen contacts with neighbors.

Georgia is known for its quality of food products. I'm looking forward to the day when Georgian wine will be available on the EU market. Hopefully, this time will come soon," he said.

According to him, the agriculture sector has great potential and it needs further modernization. Fule said that the country needs reforms, investment and training.

"Reforms take time. We know that the Associate Agreement gives Georgia time to carry out these processes. This transitional phase includes a series of years. Our goal is to help the Georgian economy and people. Therefore, the EU is determined to help Georgia. The European Union provides financial support in the reform process over the years. The European Union support is not only financial; it included training, technical support and so on",  he said.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Decanter World Wine Awards 35 Georgian wines

18.07.2014 (Hvino News). The 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results were officially announced earlier this month in London.

35 wines from Georgia have been awarded in this year's competition, which is lower than 45 awards received by Georgia in 2013. However in 2013 Georgian wines have received only Bronze and Commended Awards, while in 2014 one wine won Silver - Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince red 2010 (for more 2013's details see here, for 2012's details see here).

Full list of Georgian winners follows below:

Silver:
Château Mukhrani Réserve du Prince red 2010

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tbilisi underground wine experience

by Melba Allen

17.07.2014. After a very tense and dangerous bus ride winding down very narrow and curvy streets during Tbilisi rush hour traffic, our group was forced eventually to walk the last 100 meters of the way to our destination which was further down on a one way side street. Our first official visit was less than two miles from the hotel, to the only wine bar in Tbilisi [correction: there are currently two wine bars - HN]  called ‘Vino Underground’. And as it name suggest, this is an underground cellar that was converted into not only a wine bar, but also a small and delightful wine shop that brings to Tbilisi some of the best natural wines of Georgia.

Owned and operated by seven small Georgian wineries, here one can find a wide variety of natural, organic and biodynamic wines representing all of the different wine regions of Georgia. Since wine making in Georgia is over eight centuries old, the vast majority of wineries of Georgia are very small. However today, there is a movement for some of these wineries to work together to improve wine quality and awareness. At Vino Underground they have 70 different small wineries that they represent making them the largest wine shop of Georgian wines in Tbilisi.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Georgia joins International Sommelier Association (A.S.I.)

12.07.2014. On July 11 the Georgian Sommelier Association has become the full member of the  International Sommelier Association (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale, A.S.I.)

Georgia joined the international organisation’s General Assembly in the French city of Reims, in the Champagne region.

Georgian Sommelier Association president and honorary Ambassador of Georgian wine Shalva Khetsuriani took part in the assembly. He addressed attendees and spoke about the successful methods being implemented to raise awareness and popularity of Georgian wine and the sommelier profession.

One of the important issues discussed at the A.S.I. assembly was how to implement standards of sommelier activity and developing this profession throughout the world.

Within the assembly, Khetsuriani met with Sommelier Association presidents and negotiated the sale of Georgian wine in different countries including China, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Finland, England and Poland.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Official: Georgia's wine export statistics for June 2014

10.07.2014 (Hvino News). According to the Georgian Wine Agency total of 26 872 145 (0,75 l) bottles of wine were exported to 34 countries as of June, being 136% higher vs last year's same period.

Five leading export destinations of Georgian wine are as follows: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland and China, where Russia holds 66% of total volume of exports.

Exports in value as of June 2014 amounted to US$ 87,270,181, which is 159% higher vs last year same period.

Brandy exports as of June 2014 to in 10 countries are 5 587 168 (0,5 l) bottles. In value, the brandy exports amounted US$ 20,275,872 as of June 2014, being 58% up as compared to the same period of previous year.

Ukraine is leading Georgian brandy exports destination with 3 163 572 (0,5 l) bottles as of June 2014, whereas Russia is the second with 2 106 576 (0,5 l) bottles for the same period.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Director of Tbilvino predicts Georgian wine sales slowdown in Russia

09.07.2014. (Hvino News) A few days ago Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would  take measures to protect its market, if Ukraine's and Georgia's parliaments ratify the Association Agreements with the EU.

Medvedev said that measures would be similar to those that had been taken with regard to Moldova. On July 4, two days later after the ratification of the Association Agreement by Moldova, Russia imposed large scale restrictions on the meat from Moldova. Russia's sanitation department said that the Moldovan producers had committed  a serious  violation of veterinary - sanitary norms imposed by the Customs Union. In addition, the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission will discuss the possibility of taking other measures against Moldova on July 16.

According to Chairman of the Committee on Sector Economy and Economic  Policy Zurab Tkemaladze, Georgia does not have a trade agreement with Russia and, accordingly, we are insured from nothing, especially when our country  has a negative experience in this matter, but he does not expect Russia  to take this decision.

Zurab  Margvelashvili, general director of  Tbilvino,  considers the threats more realistic, but still less likely and says  he doesn’t  exclude Russian embargo on Georgian products.

"Personally, I do not think that Moscow will impose a wine embargo against Georgia because Georgia is not so dependent on the Russian market, as it was earlier, "- Margvelashvili says but adds that nothing is excluded.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Saperavi wine glass - new Riedel collection

By Nana Kobaidze

07.07.2014. Not so long ago I wrote in Marani magazine about Georg Riedel who is the tenth-generation leader and the owner of the world-renowned and family-owned Riedel Glassware Company. This person plays an important role in promoting different beverages to reach their success. Each glassware collection includes several different glasses suited to a particular varietal. Creating a varietal-specific glass collections greatly determines the recognition of that specific grape variety. Soon Saperavi will be added to that list. This is a very important event for Georgian wine since it will increase the awareness of Saperavi. Two weeks ago, Georg Riedel was visiting Tbilisi to hold a session about Saperavi wine glass and discuss its design at WinExpo Georgia 2014. Before I write about his visit in detail, let’s take a look at the history of Riedel company.

Georg J. Riedel Biography and Timeline

Georg Josef Riedel joined the family business in 1973. During his management, the company that dates a quarter of a millennium, became one of the most successful stemware brands in the world. Launching the subsidiaries in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Japan, China and Grat Britain also fueled the company’s success.

In 1986, Georg Riedel introduced Vinum collection with its affordable price point, which became Riedel’s best-selling series. In 2004, Georg Riedel acquired the German glass company Nachtmann, together with theSpiegelau wine accessories brand, merging under the name "Riedel Glass Works."

Red grapes not to be subsidized

07.07.2014. Red grapes will not be subsidized by the state in the frame of "Vintage 2014". The National Wine Agency carries out regulation of viticulture and wine-making industry and the analysis conducted by the Agency shows that the demand on red grapes exceeds the supply," - the Agency states.

According to the Agency, the current conjuncture - export potential, projected sales and projected yield - gives the state the opportunity to get out of the subsidy scheme of red grape without creating any extra motivation in the sector in such a way in order not to cause any negative developments in the field.

According to the Agency’s forecast, compared with last year grape harvest has increased – by preliminary estimates by about 20-30 percent. They say, in 2013 150 thousand tons were harvested, of which 94 thousand tons were industrially processed.

"As for white grapes, a subsidy scheme similar to last year’s will be maintained, but a subsidy for 1 kg of grapes is slightly reduced, " - the Agency states, however, does not specify the amount of the subsidy.

In addition, the Agency notes that wine companies will be able to receive preferential credits in 2014 as well. As for the financial details of the subsidy, the government will take a decision in the coming weeks.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Russia named as the largest importer of Georgian wine

04.07.2014. Russia has remembered the delectable taste of Georgian wine.Georgia’s large neighbour has overtaken Ukraine as the largest importer of Georgian wine in the first six months of this year.

From January 1 to June 30, Georgia exported 26.8 million bottles of wine, valued at $87.2 million USD, to 34 countries across the world. Of this, Russia obtained 17 million bottles, which was 66 percent of total exports, said the National Wine Agency of Georgia based on latest state data.

The volume of wine exported in the first half of the year increased by 136 percent compared to the same period of 2013.

Latest wine export data showed Ukraine was the second highest importer of Georgian wine, followed by Kazakhstan, Poland and China.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Georgian Ministry of Finance finds fake "Kindzmarauli" wine

02.07.2014. The investigating service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia found out falsification of famous Georgian wine Kindzmarauli which was sold in various shops all over the country.

The investigation revealed that employees of Iberia Company systematically falsified expensive wine Kindzmarauli and sold it in various shops.

The falsified wine production did not meet required standards, and the quality of wine was low.




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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dugladze Wine Company comments on donation to "Georgian Dream"

01.07.2014 (Hvino News). Dugladze Wine Company's representative commented on money donated to “Georgian Dream" (currently the ruling political coalition) during a pre-election period. On June 20, Dugladze Wine Company and Geospirtprom  donated 20 000 GEL each to the “Georgian Dream”.

According to the State Audit Monitoring Service, that was violation of the law prohibiting donations from the citizens of foreign countries. See also Georgian Dream returns donation to wine producer.

According to the company's chief financial officer, George Maisuradze, a Russian citizen, who has a minor share in this business, is one of the company’s partners. In his words, he is a student of Russia, who  took up this  country's citizenship a few months ago in order to study in the Russian Federation.

"As it turned out, in this case the company did not have the right of funding political entity, and we, of course, obeyed the law," - he said.

As for the company's decision to fund "Georgian Dream", Maisuradze claims that it was the company's good will and it did not expect any benefits from the decision. CFO could not recall whether the company’s management had made  the same kind of decisions on other political parties in recent years.

Based on the the State Audit Monitoring Service’s letter, the coalition gave the donated money back to Dugladze Wine Company and Geospirtprom.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Georgia goes back to roots in wine-making renaissance

Gela Danelia 
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by Irakli Metreveli, AFP News

29.06.2014. In his wine shop hidden down a labyrinth of narrow streets in Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi, Gela Danelia stares with rapture as sunlight refracts through a glass of his garnet-red produce.

"I only produce some 8,000 bottles per year but what is most important to me is that I restored the technique that was kept secret by generations of my ancestors," the wine-maker told AFP proudly.

It may take Danelia's visitors only seconds to finish a glass, but wine has a heritage dating back thousands of years in the tiny Caucasus nation.

Many experts consider Georgia the cradle of wine-making. Today, Danelia is among a growing number of producers who have gone back to their roots and use age-old methods for commercial production. Their aim is to carve out a niche on the world market for their full-bodied reds and sumptuous whites.

"The unique technique we use is part of Georgia's millennia-old tradition of wine-making," he said. Danelia's exact method is a closely-guarded family secret. But the traditional Georgian process involves storing the wine for months and even years in giant clay vessels, called kvevri, that are buried in the earth. Almost every household here prides itself on producing its own home-made wine using these ancient methods, but until recent years they were not used for larger-scale production.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Wine: The Georgian tradition

by Michael Fridjhon

27.06.2014. Wine is everything from an industrial beverage, a cultural artefact, a work of creative genius and an object of artisanal craft. Not unsurprisingly, it cannot be all these things at the same time.

What is produced in highly mechanised wineries from grapes sourced across a number of appellations is always going to be different from the rustic, but honestly made, craft wine from an almost forgotten valley in the south of Italy. The finely honed and brilliantly calculated masterpiece from a single site within a Grand Cru Burgundy appellation has little in common with a Georgian wine made from saperavi grapes and fermented in clay qvevri.

The idea that there could be a one-size-fits-all regulatory environment around wine production is the kind of fantasy that only bureaucrats could conceive. The Georgians used to bury the fruit from the harvest in clay receptacles and leave it underground through the long cold winter, excavating the fermented juice the following spring. Even today some of the elements of this ancient form of winemaking are still applied by the descendants of the tribesmen who stumbled across the early art of winemaking.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Georgian Dream returns donation to wine producer

by Tatia Megeneishvili

26.06.2014. The Georgian Dream (GD) has released a statement in response to the statement of the State Audit Monitoring Service. According to the statement, the coalition gave the donated money back to Dugladze Wine Company and Geospirtprom. Press speaker of GD Giorgi Gegetchkori said that they returned the money after the Audit Service informed that a law was violated by the donation made by the wine-producing companies.

Gegetchkori said that the election entity is not obliged to control donations. “The account is open and anyone who wants can donate money,” Gegetchkori stated.

According to the State Audit Monitoring Service, companies founded by Russian citizens donated money to the Georgian Dream during the pre–election period.

According to the head of Political Parties' Financial Monitoring Service, Zurab Aznaurashvili, Geospirtprom, as well as the Dugladze Wine Company, donated 20, 000 GEL each to the Georgian Dream on June 20. That was violation of the law prohibiting donations from the citizens of foreign countries.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wine in Georgia's trade with Russia in 2014

25.06.2014 (Hvino News). Georgia’s bilateral trade with Russia increased 35.4% in the first five months of 2014, compared to the same period of last year, mostly due to 3.5-fold increase in Georgian exports, according to the figures released by Geostat on Tuesday.

Georgian wines exported in Jan.-May, 2014 amounted USD 70 million, 2.6-fold increase over the same period of last year, according to Geostat.

With turnover of USD 303.6 million Russia is Georgia’s fourth largest trading partner after Turkey, Azerbaijan and China in January-May, 2014. In the first quarter of 2014 Russia was the third largest trading partner, but 21.7% y/y increase in imports from China in the first five months placed the latter as Georgia’s third largest trading partner with USD 308.7 million.

While imports from Russia increased only by 1% in Jan.-May, Georgia’s exports grew from USD 30.9 million in the first five months of 2013 to USD 108.38 million in the same period of this year. The increase is mostly due to exports of Georgian wines and mineral waters to Russia, which was banned by Russia up until late spring, 2013.

Share of Russian market in exported Georgian wine in Jan.-May, 2014 accounted for 68%, according to the Georgian National Wine Agency (NWA). Russia was followed by Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Latvia, China, Belarus, Estonia and Azerbaijan, according to NWA.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

An exclusive glass to be designed for Georgian saperavi by the end of the year

23.06.2014. An interview with president of Georgian Sommelier Association Shalva Khetsuriani.

- Georg Riedel , the owner of the Austrian company Riedel, the world's leading manufacturer of wine glasses, visited Tbilisi. He participated in the work on the exclusive glass for saperavi along with well-known winemakers, sommeliers and experts. What decision was made?
- A prototype of the glass for saperavi was designed and currently under development.

- Who was involved in this process and when it will be completed?
- Up to 100 sommeliers, wine experts participated in the work. The next step is the selection of a particular glass, which will take place by the end of the year.

- Are Georgians included in this group?
- The Georgians are completely involved in the work on design.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Abandoned ancient wine factory reopens in Tbilisi

21.06.2014. Ancient bottles of wine from the private collections of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josef Stalin are being unearthed at one of Georgia’s oldest wine factories.

The historic factory in central Tbilisi lay abandoned for decades but will so reopen to the public today.

The building, named ‘Tbilisi I Wine Factory’ is a cultural heritage site and is located at the end of Melikishvili Avenue on the top of a hill, surrounded by a high fence.

The opening ceremony will offer guests the chance to taste unique Georgian wine and cheese. Traditional wine vessels also will be on show at the open ceremony. The event will begin at 6 PM and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

One of the most interesting features of the historic factory is the fact it houses wine from some of the world’s famous men.

Two floors below ground-level is an enoteca (basement) wine repository, where wine was aged. In this space, 40,000 wine bottles aged for more than two centuries are currently stored.

Included in the collection are drinks from the private collections of Napoleon Bonaparte, Soviet Union Leader Josef Stalin and other famous figures, which is property of the state.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tbilvino in Russia with a new strategy

12.06.2014. Georgian winemakers tested the ground on the Russian market once again when they increased their export to the country in 2013 after seven years of an embargo. This contributed to Tbilvino achieving 35% growth in 2013. The company is aiming for an extra 30-35% increase this year. Georgian wine has been greatly welcomed by Russian consumers. The 2006 Russian embargo became a useful learning experience for the company, which went on to change its operations strategy by entering new markets. For the first time in the history of Georgian wines, Tbilvino entered the largest UK retail store Marks and Spencer (read more here). The company has been awarded Silver and Bronze medals in London. In addition, the company won Golden Brand 2013.

“2013 was an important year for the industry in general,” Giorgi Margvelashvili, President at JSC Tbilvino, told Georgian newspaper The Financial. “After a very long period, the Russian market reopened to us. This has been a big impetus for the industry. Tbilvino would have managed to achieve 10-15% growth without the Russian market. However, with the Russian market we reached 35% growth in comparison with 2012. One result of 2013 was that Tbilvino became the largest exporter of Georgian wine, for the fifth time. We produced more than 4 million bottles in 2013. The Russian market made up over 17-18%, significant considering the fact that the first batch was sent in August,” Margvelashvili said.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Lukasi Chkhaveri Rosé - the new wine release on Georgian market

by Nana Kobaidze

09.06.2014. Several days ago, Lukasi Wine Company had a new release wine presentation of Chkhaveri Rosé. There are only four companies producing Chkhaveri wines in Georgia and it is delightful that now there is one more producer of this varietal added to the list.

Chkhaveri, which is one of the most distinguished Georgian varietal,  is found mainly in the West Georgia, specifically in Guria and Upper Achara regions. Chkhaveri is a pinkish-colored, late harvest grape variety that is usually cropped in late November. It produces wines with a wide range of colors, from white to ruby examples. Since Chkhaveri is less resistant to fungal diseases, like downy or powdery mildews, it was rarely planted, especially in the 19th or even 20th centuries. Chkhaveri has been replaced by hybrid varieties for many years, however, it is becoming more and more common recently.

Chkhaveri is found in several villages of Chokhatauri and Ozurgeti regions including Bakhvi, Askana, Sachamiaseri, Ianouli, Khidistavi, Sakvavistke and Bukistsikhe. The Lukasi Rosé wine is made of Bukistsikhe Chkhaveri. The company team had collected the Chkhaveri crops from door-to-door in the village and made an European style Rosé wine, which was highly praised by the presentation guests. Currently, there are only 300 bottles released. According to the Company Director, Keti Gersamia, they will observe the demand on the market and plan further bottle releases accordingly. We hope, the wine lovers will be delighted by the release of this particularly voluptuous wine.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The U.S. Space Administration to study the Georgia's vine samples

08.06.2014. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will help Georgia to prove that the country is  the birthplace of wine, according to Levan Davitashvili, director of the National Wine Agency.

He says that the project, which aims to give scientific proof of Georgia’s status as the motherland of wine, is progressing well and the list of international scientific research centers involved in it includes  NASA's lab, University of Pennsylvania, Copenhagen's DNM Research Center, University of Montpellier (France), University of Milan, and others.

According to Levan Davitashvili, the research project can’t be accomplished in a short period of time, but the Georgian side expects that a lot of material will prove that grape vine domestication and wine production started in Georgia.

Director of the National Wine Agency notes that in April new excavations were carried out in the region of Kartli, and the unearthed artifacts will supposedly prove that  Georgia is the homeland of wine.

"We have a fragmentary material. However, it is not recognized by leading scientists. We are convinced that we are a wine country, but it must be proved scientifically," –  said Levan Davitashvli.

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