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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Georgia wins gold and silver medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016

31.05.2016 (Hvino News). The results of the 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles have been released. This year, the competition resumed its tour of Europe’s leading wine regions, travelling to the Bulgarian town of Plovdiv.

Georgian companies have been represented quite successfully at this leading wine contest, which has the motto "United Nations of Fine Wines".

The gold and silver awards went to Winery Khareba.  Other winemakers received silver awards. See details below:

Gold:
Silver:
For previous years' results, see Georgian wines won 4 medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015, In Brussels Georgian wines win gold and silver medals (2014), Huge success of Georgian wines at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (2013).

Winery Khareba gets gold award at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

31.05.2016 (Hvino News). Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is one of the most prestigious wine competitions of the world. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an international wine competition which has taken place annually since its inception in 1994. The competition’s name is often shortened to Concours Mondial, particularly since it is now held in various European countries other than Belgium.

The company Winery Khareba have been successfully participating in the competition for several years.

This year on Mondial de Bruxelles only one Georgian wine company Winery Khareba got the gold medal. Chateau Lipartiani 2012 (dry white wine) by Winery Khareba is the winner wine at Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016.

The very first Concours Mondial was in fact held in the historic city of Bruges, not in Brussels as might be expected given the competition's title. It was organized by Louis Havaux, founder of the Belgian publication Revue Belge des Vins, and attracted more than 850 entries from 29 countries. A self-styled 'World Wine Championship', the Concours Mondial now assesses almost 7000 wines from around the globe each year, and since 1999 has been complemented by the Brussels Spirits Awards.

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Georgian wines at Wine Days in Lithuania

31.05.2016 (Hvino News). Six Georgian wine companies have participated in Vyno Dienos 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 27-28. Vyno Dienos (Wine Days) is considered the biggest wine and spirits event in the Baltic States, gathering over 3,600 visitors during the 2-days event.

In the framework of Vynos Dienos Georgia's National Wine Agency (NWA) hosted a tasting event with presentation “Georgia – 8 Thousand Vintages” by NWA's Giorgi Tevzadze, who made accent on the ancient tradition of Georgian winemaking, variety of Georgian grape cultures, Georgian methods of winemaking including qvevri. 

Georgia's winemakers which took part in Vynos Dienos under NWA's umbrella are: Dugladze Wine Company, Kakhuri, Kindzmarauli, Royal Khvanchkara, Wine Man, Winiveria.

The fair was attended by the Ambassador of Georgia in Lithuania, Khatuna Salukvadze.

Lithuania is a growing export market for Georgian wine. In 2015 Georgia exported more than 658 thousand  bottles of wine to Lithuania – a four percent increase year-on-year.

The fair Vyno Dienos was held for the 12th time, at the largest exposition center of Vilnius, Litexpo.

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"Hvino News" helps in promotion of Georgian wine in Canada

31.05.2016 (Hvino News). Quench Magazine (Montreal, Canada) asked Hvino News for help in preparation of article on Georgian wine, which we gladly provided.

The scan of article "The Cradle" by Lisa Hoekstra from the recent issue of Quench can be found below.

Quench is Canada’s largest subscribed food and drink publication with over half a million readers. Published eight times a year, Quench Magazine includes one of the most extensive wine buying guides in North America.

































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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Georgian wine introduced at VinExpo Hong Kong

28.05.2016. On May 24-26, the VinExpo 2016 wine and spirits exhibition was held in Hong Kong. 12 Georgian winemaking companies participated with the support of National Wine Agency.

On the opening day, Winery Khareba received prizes which it won in prestigious international competition "Les Citadelles Du Vin 2016" in Bordeaux: Kindzmarauli 2014 (semi-sweet red wine) was awarded with gold medal together with the special prize, The Gold Trophy;  Mtsvane 2015 (dry white wine) received gold medal [For more detail, read: Winery Khareba wins gold and silver at Citadelles Du Vin in Bordeaux].

The guests of the fair had opportunity to taste wines of the following Georgian winemaking companies: Besini, Corporation Kindzmarauli, Dugladze, GWS, Gevelli, Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking, Kakhuri Gvinis Marani, Shalvino, Tbilvino, Tsereteli Wine & Spirits, Winery Khareba.

In the framework of the fair, the representatives of National Wine Agency held meetings with wine importers and consultants.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

15th Georgian wine house opens in China

25.05.2016. China’s Zhejiang province in the country’s west coast is welcoming a new Georgian wine house in Yiwu city, home to 1.2 million people.

The new Georgian wine centre was opened on May 22 by one of China’s largest Georgian wine importing companies Soulun.

This was the fourth Georgian wine centre the company has opened in China to raise awareness of Georgian wine.

Soulun planned to open three more Georgian wine houses in China this month, and by the end of 2016 Soulun hoped to open 80 Georgian wine houses.

A total of 15 Georgian wine houses have opened in China within the last two years. Read more: China creates network of Georgian wine centres.

The increasing popularity of Georgian wine in China meant the country was now an important wine importer for Georgia.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NYC to host "Drink Like a Georgian" week

24.05.2016 (Hvino News). "Drink Like a Georgian" presents a week of Georgian wine events in New York City running Monday, May 30th, through Saturday, June 4th.

Participants will have a chance to meet Georgian winemakers Ramaz Nikoladze, Niki Antadze, John Wurdeman and John Okro (Okruashvili), and to attend Alice Feiring's book signings for her latest work "For the Love of Wine" about her adventures in Georgia with these winemakers and Georgia's remarkable wines.

Location of participating wine stores:

  Chambers Street Wines  Map 
  148 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

  Thirst Wine Merchants  Map 
  11 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

  The Ten Bells  Map 
  247 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

The wine stores and restaurants will be posting individually the details of "Drink Like a Georgian" events, which they will host.

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Winery Khareba wins gold and silver at Citadelles Du Vin in Bordeaux

24.05.2016 (Hvino News). Georgian producer Winery Khareba has won two gold and two silver awards at Citadelles Du Vin wine contest in Bordeaux, France.

Gold award winners are:
    Silver award winners are:
    Winery Khareba's success in 2016 is building upon the company's participation in Citadelles Du Vin in previous years, which was also successful. Last year Winery Khareba has also won 2 gold and 2 silver awards (read more here).

    Citadelles Du Vin is a prestigious wine competition in France, member of the VINOFED, organized during the Vinexpo exhibition under the high patronage of OIV. Every year some 40 top level tasters from all over the world meet in Bourg (Bordeaux, France) for three days to elect the best wines out of 3000 samples coming from about 30 countries.

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    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Nine Georgian qvevri wines at RAW fair in London

    23.05.2016. Nine Georgian wines were presented alongside some of the most exciting collections of natural and organic wines at an artisan wine fair in London, United Kingdom.

    Georgian wines made in a qvevri  were tasted at the Artisan Wine Fair London, commonly known as RAW WINE, held on May 15-16.

    The RAW WINE festival annually celebrated some of the best natural wine producers in the world, with this year’s event featuring more than 150 growers.

    The Georgian wineries that were presented in the UK festival were:

    • Satsnakheli Winery;
    • Nika;
    • Gotsa Wines;
    • Temi;
    • Twins Wine Cellar;
    • Manaveli;
    • Artevani;
    • Natenadze’s Wine Cellar;
    • Pheasant's Tears.

    Sunday, May 22, 2016

    Book review: The intoxicating war between science and tradition

    Review: Mark A. Matthews, ‘Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing,’ and Alice Feiring, ‘For the Love of Wine’

    by Jenna Lifhits

    22.05.2016. What makes a good winemaker? Is it a viticulturist’s arsenal of facts and scientific techniques combined with access to the best fruit? Or is it the villager’s traditional knowledge of picking, pressing, fermenting, and bottling his grapes? It is this concern, which strikingly mirrors a conflict in politics, that divides the wine world. Two new books capture the fractured condition of 21st century winemaking: speaking for the scientific or Enlightenment left is Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing by viticulturist Mark A. Matthews; speaking for the romantic, traditionalist right, there is For the Love of Wine by writer Alice Feiring [read also here: Book Review: "For the Love of Wine" by Alice Feiring].

    In Terroir and Other Myths of Winegrowing, Matthews sets out to debunk various wine “myths” that he argues have taken root because of blind belief in tradition and authority, both of which impede “potential progress.” After tracing the historical origins of these “myths” and attempting to disprove them scientifically, Matthews concludes that they are a bunch of “bullshit” because they have little grounding in science.

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    "WineExpo Georgia": Wine and spirit fair welcomes 70 wine companies

    20.05.2016.  Georgia’s capital Tbilisi is preparing to host dozens of wine companies from several countries at the 9th annual WineExpo Georgia.

    Over three days Georgia’s capital will host the only international wine and spirits fair in the Caucasus region, showcasing a full range of industry-related products and services.

    Producers and exporters of 70 wine companies from five countries – Georgia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy and France – will participate in the WineExpo Georgia 2016 to establish new networks and create new business opportunities.

    WineExpo Georgia 2016 will take place at the Expo Georgia fairground from June 3-5.

    WineExpo Georgia is really a hybrid project between an exhibition, competition and a business forum with the focus on increasing profit through wine sales in a warm and welcoming environment,” say fair's organisers.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    Georgian wines win 32 awards at International Wine Challenge 2016

    19.05.2016. (Hvino News). 32 Georgian wines have received awards of International Wine Challenge (IWC), including Gold and Trophy. Gold and Trophy were awarded to the same wine - Shumi's Ilerco 2012. The results of annual IWC competition were announced recently in London.

    Congratulations to Shumi for double success!

    Georgia's performance in 2016 was much better than in previous years, once again confirming its 2014's huge achievement with 32 awards including gold (see more detail here).

    Called "the most comprehensive and influential blind wine tasting competition in the world", the International Wine Challenge (IWC) is owned by William Reed Business Media, and is now in its 33nd year. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards.

    Georgian red wine turns gold: Shumi wines win big in London

    19.05.2016. A Georgian wine company has secured a gold award for its Ilerco 2012 at one the world’s most prestigious wine competitions.

    Following two weeks of intensive blind tastings in London, United Kingdom, the International Wine Challenge 2016 revealed Georgian wine made by Shumi with the native Saperavi grape was the winner of a Gold award.

    Shumi presented four wines at the International Wine Challenge 2016 and all four wines received prizes.

    Its red dry wine Ilerco 2012 won a Gold award, Mukuzani Wine 2012 and Tsinandali Iberiuli Wine received silver and bronze awards respectively.

    The company’s Kindzmarauli Iberiuli Wine gained a Commended award.

    Alongside Georgia, other big wine winners came from France, Spain, the United States, South Africa, Portugal, New Zealand, Italy and more.

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    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Georgia wins case to trademark its wine in China

    18.05.2016. Georgia is promoting and protecting the name and quality of its national alcoholic beverages from misuse and imitation in China.

    Today Georgia’s Ministry of Economy announced Georgian wine and other alcoholic beverages had been trademarked and now China was ready to take action to protect the name of origin and geographical indications of Georgian alcoholic drinks.

    This meant China would only import Georgia-made products and reject any illegitimate goods that claimed to be made in Georgia but weren’t.

    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) said geographical indications can be viewed as a subset of trademarks. WTO defined it as "indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a [WTO] member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographic origin.”

    In the near future China will recognise the geographical indications of several Georgian wines including Khvanchkara, Tsinandali and Kindzmarauli as well as Georgian chacha, a strong spirit similar to vodka or brandy which some people refer to as vine vodka, grape vodka, Georgian vodka or Georgian grappa.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    "Food & Wine": How to get in on the Georgian wine revival

    by Carson Demmond

    17.05.2016. They’ve been making delicious wine in Georgia (the country) for 8,000 years, but only now are those bottles readily available to purchase in the United States. Here’s what you need to know.

    Ten years ago, Georgian wine might have earned a casual mention in conversations about Eastern European cuisine. Now, thanks to a handful of importers and well-traveled sommeliers, it’s at the forefront. Not only is Georgia home to one of the most generous of hospitality traditions – a wine-centric feast known as the supra – it also boasts a winemaking history that goes back a whopping 8,000 years. As early as the Bronze Age there, grape juice was being fermented in beeswax-lined clay vessels called qvevri buried in the ground, and fascinatingly, that’s still how much of the country’s wine is being made today.

    Reds made in qvevri aren’t that dramatically different from the oak-aged wines we know. Whites, on the other hand, emerge from the vessels deeply colored (some say ‘orange’, some say ‘amber’), more savory-umami than fruit-forward, often with the tannins to match. At the table, these wines are treated much more like food than elevated beverage; on the palate, they’re like windows to the flavors of the ancient past.

    If you want to recreate a true Georgian supra at home, be sure to appoint a Tamada, or toastmaster. Tradition dictates that after each toast, the party should empty their glasses, only to be refilled and repeated many times over. If excessive consumption is not your thing, just one of the following bottles should do the trick.

    2013 Lagvinari Krakhuna ($35)
    Eko Glonti, a former geologist, makes this wine from Krakhuna grapes in the West Georgian region of Imereti. It tastes more like it sounds than its golden color would suggest; Krakhuna translates to ‘crispy’ in the local dialect.

    Tbilisi New Wine Festival once again promotes viticulture and tourism

    by Tamar Svanidze

    17.05.2016. A dizzying array of Georgian wines saw daylight as part of Tbilisi’s annual New Wine Festival in the city’s Mtatsminda Park on Saturday. The park, located 800 meters above the city, hosted dozens of wine producers from around the country accompanied by Georgian folk and jazz musicians, including the Rezo Kiknadze Jazz Band and Tango Vagabundo group, Nali Band and Didgori Folk Ensemble.

    Aside from amazing views of the city, visitors had a chance to taste a diversity of Georgian wines from the featured 102 family wineries and 78 wine companies presenting varietals from their 2015 harvest.

    The festival kicked off with the traditional opening of a clay wine vessel buried in the ground, known in Georgian as a qvevri. Guests also had an opportunity to win barrels full of the best Saperavi wine by taking part in a lottery. Throughout the afternoon visitors were also able to enjoy barbequed meat (mtsvadi) with their wine.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Hundreds of vineyards at New Wine Festival this weekend

    13.05.2016 (Hvino News). The New Wine Festival will open its doors for visitors on Saturday, May 14 in the Mtatsminda Park Map . Small/family-owned, medium and large wine cellars from various parts of Georgia will present their wines of 2015 harvest from 11 AM to 6 PM. The festival will feature 102 family wineries and 78 wine companies, who will present varietals from their 2015 harvest. Entrance to the festival is free for all visitors.

    “A lottery will take place at the festival and guests will be given a ticket with their purchase of a wine glass. Those selected will have an opportunity to win barrels full of the best Saperavi wine,” the Georgian Wine Club announced.

    Wine Club also organized a closed tasting on the first day of the festival on May 13 at the Funicular Restaurant, highlighting qvevri wines outside of Georgia. Unique qvevri wines from France, Italy, Slovenia, Japan, Germany and Austria were represented, including wines made by Thierry Puzelat, Laurent Bannwarth, Paolo Vidopivec, Vino di Ana and Tomofumi Fujimaru. Iago Bitarishvili, a naturalist winemaker, and Malkhaz Kharbedia, president of the Georgian Wine Club, were moderators of the event.

    The permanent supporters of New Wine festival 2016 are Georgian National Wine agency and Tbilisi City Hall.

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    Georgia on the Vine: The world's oldest wine culture is having its moment in the sun

    by Alison Spiegel

    13.05.2016. If you think jug wine is a laughing matter, the joke's about to be on you. It's one of the things that sets the wine from Georgia (the country, not the state) apart: Much of it is fermented in clay jugs—but this isn't the handle of cheap Chianti you'll find at the corner liquor store. People are starting to catch on to the region's enchanting wines: Take a good look around, and you'll find more restaurants and wineshops selling the stuff. And you'll hear a growing buzz among natural wine enthusiasts who just might feel like they've struck something like, er, gold.

    If you've seen orange-tinted vino at your wine bar, chances are you may have already sipped Georgian wine without even realizing it. Though not all wine from Georgia has that amber color, its hue is a tip-off that it may be from the region. Georgian wine is also an OG of the natural wine craze, where nothing is added and nothing is taken away. It's a thing right now, but Georgia's been doing it that way for centuries.

    Georgian wine is still in the process of being discovered: "Even the people who know a lot about it don't know a lot about it," Alex Alan, wine director and partner at recently opened Freek's Mill in Brooklyn, says.

    Longtime natural wine champion Alice Feiring is trying to change that, having just published For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World's Most Ancient Wine Cultures. The book describes what makes Georgian wine special and how this age-old tradition is putting new roots in today's wine world.

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Giorgi Samanishvili: Georgian wine exports grow in all directions

    12.05.2016. The  National Wine Agency has published the statistics proving the wine exports has increased in the January to April period.

    In his interview with the Business Morning Giorgi Samanishvili, the head of National Wine Agency of Georgia, overviews exports and domestic markets.

    –Mr. Giorgi, what steps has the national wine agency taken to reach growing indicators on many exports markets?

    –The exports have grown by 84% compared to 2015. The ratio of Russia accounts for 51%, the same volume of 2015.

    This signifies the Russia’s ratio has not increased. The current dynamics shows that the exports have increased in all directions. The growth was especially important in the Russian direction, because the situation was critical at the beginning of 2015. The situation in the regions has stabilized and business relations were revised between Georgian exporters and Russian importers.

    The exports volume has increased at the expense of reduced prices. Total revenues have increased and all directions record positive tendencies.

    –Is the diversification policy rectilinear and do you consider the diversification policy to be satisfactory?

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

    KTW's new distillery in Gurjaani to open in August

    10.05.2016 (Hvino News). The construction of a brandy distillery is underway in the village of Velistsikhe Map , Gurjaani district in Kakheti. The plant will process local grapes to distill brandy spirits. According to Georgian news site BusinessContact, Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) has invested 3 million USD in the project implementation.

    KTW's  general director Zurab Chkhaidze said the plant would be opened in the end of August.

    Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking has several plants and wine tourism objects across Georgia, including "Velistsikhe Veranda" wine cellar in the village of Velistsikhe.

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    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    Official: Georgia's wine and spirits export data for 4 months

    07.05.2016 (Hvino News). According to National Wine Agency data, 11 581 031  bottles of wine (0.75l) was exported to 30 countries worldwide in January-April, 2016, that is 45% higher, than the data of the previous year. 26.99 mil. USD worth of  wine was exported  in the  period under review,  which is 15% higher, than the data of  the same period of last year.

    In addition, 2 799 700 bottles (0.75) of  brand was exported in 11 countries, which is 86% higher, than the similar data of 2015. Totally, 6.4 mil. USD worth of brand was  exported – growth compared to the last year reaches 43%.

    The first five export countries according to the data of January-April is the following: Russia – 5 925 933 bottles; Ukraine – 1 488 737 bottles; Kazakhstan – 1 281 100 bottles; China – 779 425 bottles; Poland – 682 522 bottles.

    During the period under review, growth is notable in the following countries: Russia – 84% (5 925 933), Ukraine – 70% (1 488 737), China – 58% (779 425), Poland – 31% (682 522), Lithuania – 37% (183 636), Kirghistan – 171% (107 646), Germany – 23%  (104 950), Belarus – 31% (134 120), UK – 72% (50 128) and etc.

    In the whole, wine, brandy, chacha, wine materials, brand on tap and brand alcohol export income exceeded 47.4 mil. USD in the period under review. According to the data of four months of the last year, the index was 33.4 mil. USD.

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    In 2017 the year of Georgia in Bordeaux will be celebrated at new Center for Wine and Civilizations

    07.05.2016 (Hvino News). The Bordeaux Center for Wine and Civilizations will open on May 31st, 2016. Georgia will be the first invited country to open the series of exhibitions of wine-making and viticulture in the Bordeaux Center. In July-August 2017 Georgia, as an honored guest, will present an exhibition named "Vineyard-Georgia". Corresponding agreement has already been signed between Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia and the Head of Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilizations .

    "The first exhibition to hold in the center of civilization and culture in France will be dedicated to Georgia . Georgia is known as a cradle of wine. It will be an important and at the same time historical event. The exhibition fair will be accompanied by an extensive professional program, including tastings, conferences, seminars and other cultural events, which will allow French people to learn more about Georgian wine and about your magnificent country - Georgia " - said Sylvie Cass.

    Building the large-scale complex was initiated by the Bordeaux City Mayor, Alain Juppe. The Center, which is 14 thousand square meters, will feature modern architecture and technology and will present the latest achievements in the field. An interdisciplinary center evoking history, geography, the life sciences, ethnography, literature, philosophy and the arts, the museum aims to promote a better understanding of both present and future challenges facing the wine industry. It will also showcase wine civilizations throughout the world, revealing the links between wine and the imaginary, and will share the refinement and art de vivre that epitomize wine culture.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    15 Georgian wine companies on show in France

    04.05.2016. Hundreds of wine-lovers have sampled some of the best wine Georgia has to offer at an exclusive Georgian wine tasting event in Paris, France.

    Organised by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), an inter-governmental organisation that promotes vine and wine products worldwide, the Paris tasting event was held on April 28.

    Fifteen Georgian wine companies were on show: Chelti, Schuchmann Wines Georgia, Chateau Mukhrani, KTW, Shumi, Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Winery Khareba, Kakhuri, Lukasi, Shalvino, Tbilvino, Teliani Valley, Wine Man, Maranuli/Vinagora.

    Diplomatic corps accredited in France, representatives from the French Chamber of Agriculture and UNESCO, professional sommeliers, oenologists, wine journalists and bloggers attended the Georgian wine tasting event.

    The event also included a photo exhibition about Georgian wine culture captured by French photographers in the 19th Century.

    France, a country world famous for its own wine making traditions, has increased its imports of Georgian wine.

    Last year Georgia exported 38,000 bottles of wine to France. This was 190 percent more than in 2014.

    Georgia’s main export product to France was wine, said the Georgian National Wine Agency.

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    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    DRINKS+ and Hvino News at ProWine Asia in Singapore and Vinitaly in Verona

    The first tasting organized by Ukrainian press simultaneously on 2 continents.

    30.04.2016 (Hvino News). In April, two significant events took place in the world of wine: Jubilee 50th Vinitaly exhibition in Verona and the inaugural edition of ProWine ASIA in Singapore. Ukrainian D+ Communication Group represented the Ukrainian press at both events, providing tastings at two continents.

    DRINKS+ presentation on "Wine Tourism as a Marketing Tool in Countries of Evolving Winemaking: Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine" was supported by partnership of Hvino.com (Tbilisi), Winerist.com (London) and drinks.ua (Kiev) portals.

    The presentation in Verona was held on April 12, and conducted by DRINKS+ special project managers Eugenia  Rodionov and Julia Laznyuk, and professional sommelier  and wine travel guide Anna Alexeeva. The participants tasted Ukrainian wines: Koblevo Reserve ( "Bayadera Group"  holding) and Krimart traditional method sparkling wines by Artemovsk Winery. Wine critics, oenologists, sommeliers, distributors who participated in the tasting gave highly positive feedback about  the quality of Ukrainian wines, and claimed interest in cooperation with the producers.

    In Singapore, the presentation was held by chief editor of DRINKS+ magazine and drinks.ua portal Marina Mayevska. Distributors, horeca and wine schools representatives, and the press came to learn about winemaking of the Black Sea region. They tasted Charte Komilfo fruit flavored sparkling wine range from Artemovsk Winery, red wine from Georgia by Gevelli company, and Prime vodka by Olymp company (Ukraine). Participation of D+ Communication Group received positive estimation of ProWine ASIA, and representatives of the Ukrainian diplomacy in Singapore.

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    The underground world of Georgian wine

    Grab your drinking horn and learn about this fascinating region!
    by Hannah Walhout

    29.04.2016. When you arrive at passport control in the Tbilisi airport, a border agent checks your documents, gives you a once-over, and hands you a bottle of wine.

    I’m not actually sure if this is always the case, but it was when I landed in the world’s self-proclaimed “Cradle of Wine” this January. The region we call Georgia has seen a lot of change in its millennia-long history: an early move from Zoroastrianism to Christianity, golden ages of empire and military strength, foreign incursions from Mongols, Ottomans, Safavids, and Russians, contested borders, uprisings against the USSR, corruption, and periods of economic depression. One thing, though, has remained constant since the beginning – the traditional qvevri method of winemaking, so old and so Georgian as to be added to the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in 2013. This wine is so much a part of their heritage that the wine bottle at the border is an official initiative by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. And the label of the wine bottle at the border contains facts about Georgian history. To be clear: it’s not a history pamphlet with a few words about wine – it’s wine, with a few words about history.