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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Georgian and Armenian wines together under common "Cradle of wine" umbrella title

07.02.2016 (Hvino News). For the first time Georgian and Armenian wines appear together under a common title "Bottles from the cradle of wine".

Two wines from Georgia and one from Armenia are featured in a review published by British newspaper The Guardian, authored by wine expert David Williams.

Georgia and Armenia, two neighboring Christian nations with ancient wine-making traditions, are known for a long-time dispute over priority in being the world's "cradle of wine"  (read, for instance: Armenia and Georgia disagree over slogan "Cradle of Wine".)

This is why it is unusual to see publications which put wines produced in two countries together. However, from a Western European perspective Georgia and Armenia are often seen as countries with similar cultural and historical background.

For his "wines of the week" review David Williams selected Armenian Zorah Karasi Noir (the most expensive one: £22) and two Georgian wines: Iago's Chinuri (£16.65) and Khareba Saperavi (£10). The author is asking: "What kind of wine were they making 5,000 years ago? These wines may not get close, but they do hint at the colourful and unique history of winemaking in this part of the world".

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Georgian qvevri wines presented in five cities of France

06.02.2016 (Hvino News) Thanks to recent Georgian wine-tasting events in five cities of France, the connoisseurs of organic wines from  Paris, Orleans, Blois, Angers, Saumur had a chance to sample traditional qvevri wines.

The wines represented in France were  produced by Iago’s Wine, Pheasant’s Tears, Ramaz Nikoladze,  Okro's Wines, Niki Antadze, Natenadze Wine Cellar and Mariam Iosebidze. In Saumur Georgian wine was presented at the natural wine exhibition La Dive Boutteille. La Dive Bouteille is considered the world’s largest annual natural wine exposition. In Angers, Georgian wines were presented in Les Penitentes fair.

Georgia’s Ambassador to France Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay said such events helped raise awareness of Georgian wine and gain a following among French consumers: "Presenting Georgian wine in France means worldwide recognition. Representatives of lots of countries visit France to taste wine, it is important for us to attend all of these events and promote our  wine. We already see positive consequences, when more an more French people say that Georgia is a homeland of wine."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

11 Georgian wines win awards at China's CWSA Best Value 2016

02.02.2016 (Hvino News). 11 Georgian wines have won prizes at CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) Best Value 2016.

The CWSA, based in Hong Kong, is the biggest wine and spirits competition in China. Hvino News is proud to be the official media partner of CWSA.

The Georgian prize-winners are:
Tamada Saperavi
Georgian Wines and Spirits
2013
Double Gold
Saperavi
Chateau Mukhrani
2012
Double Gold
2014
Gold
2011
Gold
Tamada Tsinandali
Georgian Wines and Spirits
2013
Gold

Gold
Tamada Napareuli
Georgian Wines and Spirits
2013
Gold
Kindzmarauli
Shumi
2014
Gold
Reserve Du Prince (Goruli Mtsvane)
Chateau Mukhrani
2013
Silver
Rkatsiteli
Chateau Mukhrani
2014
Bronze
Rkatsiteli Qvevri
Shumi
2014
Bronze

For CWSA Best Value competition, wines and spirits are tasted at price levels. Medals are awarded to represent ‘Best Value’. Wines and spirits enter from 35 countries and are ‘blind tasted’.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

China creates network of Georgian wine centres

28.01.2016. Dozens of Georgian wine centres will open in China this year, allowing Georgian wine producers to share their products with Chinese consumers.

Today Georgia’s Ministry of Agriculture announced Chinese trade-economic Suolun Group would open 60-80 new Georgian wine centres in China this year.

By opening the centres, the Chinese Group aimed to popularize Georgian wine and promote the country’s rich winemaking culture.

Yesterday Suolun Group opened a Georgian wine house in China’s Zhijiang province, where 55 million people live.

This was the second Georgian wine house opened by the Group in China within the last seven months.

Suolun Group also planned to open a Georgian wine school in Yiwu, eastern China – a city of about 1.2 million people that’s famous for its vibrant market.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Georgian wine centre opens in China's Jiangxi province

19.01.2016. Georgia continues promoting its wine and winemaking culture in China with the opening a new Georgian wine centre. Georgia’s Agriculture Ministry announced the wine centre will be opened in February this year in China’s province of Jiangxi where about 30 million people live.

A Georgian wine centre will cover 4,000 sq.m. territory where will be placed wine-testing and exhibition halls, museum, and Georgian restaurant.

This was not the first Georgian wine cetnre in China. In July 2015 Georgia opened a promotional centre and winemaking house in China’s capital Beijing. At the same time a Georgian wine house was opened in China’s Zhagang province, where 30 varieties of dry, semi-dry and semi-sweet wines were represented.

Later in August three Georgian wine centers opened in China’s Xinjiang province to increase popularity of Georgian wine and raise awareness of the country among Chinese consumers.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Leading Georgian winemakers expecting 10% sales growth in 2016

16.01.2016. Leading Georgian wine companies ended 2015 with a drop in sales of over 20% due to the economic difficulties of their main trade partners. The reduction of the wine industry has shown a 39% decline compared with 2014. Regional economic difficulties are expected to continue in 2016 as well. However, the environment looks set to remain predictable for businesses, making them optimistic about achieving over 10% growth this year.

 “The boom in Georgian wine that was shown in 2014 should not be expected to be repeated in 2016. This year will also be full of challenges. There will be an environment of economic crisis in our main partner countries. The national currencies are expected to continue devaluating in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Belarus. These are markets which make up over 80% of the total sales of Georgian wine,” Giorgi Margvelashvili, President at Tbilvino JSC, told The Financial.

However, a good trend of this year according to Margvelashvili is that while the overall environment is not ideal, it remains predictable. “Some unexpected, upcoming drops should not be expected. 2016 will be more predictable and accordingly, the wine industry along with our company are meeting the year more prepared and we know what to expect. Predictability is a core factor for business,” said Margvelashvili.

According to the National Wine Agency of Georgia, 36,071,399 bottles (0.75 litres) of wine have been exported from Georgia to 46 countries of the world. Export worth USD 98,102,614.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dugladze wines and spirits: Diversity of Georgian character

15.01.2016. The history of Dugladze Wine Company is related to the name of Dimitri Dugladze, who has made much contribution to the development of Georgian alcoholic beverages. Today, his sons, Dugladze brothers, continue his undertakings.

The company manufactures a full assortment of alcoholic beverages made of grapes. The company has been long represented on the Georgian market by Royal sparkling wine. In export markets the company has introduced wines and wine brands.

Dugladze Wines & Spirits is an integrated enterprise with a full production cycle that produces wines, brand spirits, wine brands and sparkling wines. The winery is fully modernized and equipped with technologies of the world’s recognized companies such as Setic, Della Toffola, Krones, Cavagninno & Gatti, Seitz Enzinger Noll. The company actively participates in various international exhibitions, contests and business forums. Dugladze Wine Company exports products to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the USA, China, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. Givi Aronishidze, the marketing manager at Dugladze Wine Company talked with CBW.

Was the year of 2015 successful for the company? Are the sales indicators satisfactory?

– The year of 2015 was full of innovations for the company. We have introduced two new varieties of sparkling wines and returned the old wine brands to the Georgian customer. I mean Vartsikhe, Gremi, Very Old, Eniseli and Tbilisi. We introduced these products in October 2015, outlined due plans and we are content with their fulfillment. Naturally, the next year will be more ambitious and full of big plans.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Iago Bitarishvili's Chinuri in wine list of London's legendary Ritz hotel

13.01.2016 (Hvino News). The iconic London's Ritz hotel, which celebrates its 110th anniversary, has recently updated its Le Livre de Vin - or wine list. Now for the first time now includes Georgian wine: 2013 Iago Bitarishvili's Chardakhi Chinuri.

The prestigious wine list has five orange wines, and only two of them will be available by the glass: Iago's Chinuri from Kartli, and Dario Princic Ribolla Gialla from Friuli, Italy.

A 125 ml glass of Iago's Chinuri at Ritz is priced at £14 (about 50 GEL).

The price tag for a bottle of Iago's Chinuri is £65 (230 GEL).

While the Ritz has long been associated with its traditional approach to wine, its move to include orange wines represents a step into the wine avantgarde. "The new list  places a strong emphasis on indigenous varieties, with lesser known wines from regions including Languedoc, Jura, Corsica, Etna, Georgia, Slovakia and Santorini all included," - reads Ritz' release.

Monday, January 11, 2016

NASA to help determine Georgia as birthplace of wine

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11.01.2016 (Hvino News). NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States - is helping Georgia to determine if Georgia is birthplace of wine.

According to David Magradze, the head of the Viticulture Department of the National Wine Agency, the final result would be known in 2016, although it was initially planned for December 2015. The National Agency of Georgian wine said the project will scientifically determine Georgia as the birthplace of wine. The scientific research requires a long-term process until the final results can be published.

“The first result of models sent into the NASA laboratory showed a wine acid remain was discovered in one model, which is consider as mark of European vine. The second parts of models are already sent and research will finish in December. Declaring Georgia as birthplace of wine will be most important phenomena, which will rise in interests in the world about Georgia,” Magradze said.

The government of Georgia started to work on the project in January 2014. Read more: The U.S. Space Administration to study the Georgia's vine samples.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Best Georgian wines/chachas of 2015, winners revealed

09.01.2016. The Award Ceremony of the Georgian Wine Second National Competition 2015 reveals the prize-winning wines/chachas and companies in Georgia. The ceremony was organised by Georgian Sommelier Association with the support of the National Wine Agency, Tbilisi City Hall, and Tbilisi City Assembly. It was held on December 23, 2015.

The professional jury revealed the best wines in different categories. Here is the list of winning wines and companies by Georgian Sommelier Association (professional jury).

The best sparkling wine of the year: 
- Brut 2014. Company Badagoni

The best Tsinandali of the year:
Tsinandali 2013. Company Teliani Valley
Tsinandali 2014. Company Tbilvino

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2015 Georgian wine export down by 39%

07.01.2016 (Hvino News). According to the National Wine Agency, export of Georgian wine decreased by 39% in 2015 compared to the previous year.  Georgia exported more than 36 million bottles of wine to 46 countries, worth more than $98.1 million.

Year        mn bottles
2015        36,07
2014        59,0
2013        46,7
2012        23,3
2011         19,0
2010        14,8
2009        10,9
2008        12,2

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What are the plans of the Georgian winemakers for 2016?

06.01.2016. Georgian winemakers say that the year was quite problematic for them. Besides Russian and Ukrainian markets, problems arose in Belarus and Kazakhstan too.

The ongoing political and economic developments in these countries have already made negative effect on exports of Georgian products and revenues of wine companies.

Giorgi Margvelashvili, founder of Tbilvino, says that the year of 2015 was unfavorable for his company in terms of export sales. Namely, the sales dropped about 20%. Major slowdown was recorded in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, as well as in Kazakhstan. The previous year was very good, when our sales in Russia extremely surged. Therefore, we should not refer to those indicators. Our company will intensify efforts in the Baltic countries, Poland and the USA to remunerate losses in Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus and Kazakh markets. We have found new partners in Germany and Australia. This year our domestic sales rose by 15%.

“We expect the year of 2016 to bring better results. The wineries cannot fully use the harvest that is reaped in Georgia. In 2016, wineries will still have wine reserves and therefore, the field is expected to face problems again”, Margvelashvili noted.

According to the founder of the Berika company Lasha Revazishvili, 2015 was difficult for the company. "In 2015, unlike 2014, our exports dropped sharply. For example, sales in Kazakhstan decreased by almost 50%. A situation is also difficult in Ukraine and Russia. We are trying to compensate for losses at the expense of exports to China and plan to double sales in this country in 2016, "- says the businessman.

Nutsa Abramishvili, the founder of  Schuchmann Wines, notes that in early 2015 the company chose a strategy to maximize the diversification of export markets- its export has fallen by only 15%, which is a very good indicator.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Georgia’s winemaking business suffers a blow in 2015

03.01.2016. What is the opinion of Georgian winemakers on the 2015 results? The year was quite problematic, they said. Besides Russian and Ukrainian markets, problems arose in Belarus and Kazakhstan, too. The ongoing political and economic developments in these countries have already made negative effect on exports of Georgian products and revenues of winemaking companies.

Gia Gamtkitsulashvili, one of the founders of Twins Wine House, evaluated the year of 2016 in an interview: “Our company has been operating in the Georgian wine market for 15 years. We were the first who moved pitcher wine to bottles in 2005 and we prepared 5000 bottles of Kakhetian wine from the Napareuli micro zone grapes. Since then our company has expanded the business.The current year was especially important for our company, because we penetrated new wine markets, namely, China and the USA. Moreover, the company exports wines to seven countries such as Japan, China, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, the USA and Lithuania,” Gia Gamtkitsulashvili added.

"This year we have processed such grape varieties as Qisi, Khikhvi, Cabernet, Kakhetian Green. In 2016 we will introduce these wines to the Georgian market. We will also export our wines to Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Poland in 2016. We will also introduce new wines with new labels such as Qisi, Khikhvi, Kakhetian Green, Cabernet, Alazani Valley White, Alazani Valley Red”, Gamtkitsulashvili said.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

1200 GEL in a bottle of wine: John Wurdeman charity auction raises 20 000 GEL

30.12.2015. On December 27, in an informal setting in Vino Underground  Map , the natural wine manufacturers and enthusiasts conducted auction in support of John Wurdeman and sold rare Georgian natural wines from private collections [read more here].  Unique wines from almost all wine regions of Georgia - Kakheti, Kartli, Imereti, Guria, Samegrelo and even Meskheti (wines from there are not available now in Georgia) were represented in the auction. These were, for example, Tsitska-Tsolikouri 2010 and Tsolikouri 2013 from Nicoladze Wine Cellar, Iago's Wine 2003, Naotari’s Kisi 2012, Our Wine’s Rkatsiteli Tsarapi 2006, Amber-coloured Chkhaveri 2010 by Iberieli, Saperavi 2012 by Kakha Berishvili and others.

56 bottles of wine sold in total (23 retail, and 33 in lots) and the sales amounted to 18 020 GEL. Niki Antadze’s Rkatsiteli 2010 was sold at 1200 GEL that was the most expensive wine sold in the auction. Iago’s Chinuri and Jakeli Organic Vines and Wine’s Saperavi Khashmi were sold at 1010 GEL. Particularly interesting was activity of women in the auction, who did not let Mandili’s (Marina Kurtanidze, Tea Melanashvili) Mtsvane to anyone and bought this wine at 850 GEL.

The most expensive among the wines grouped in lots was a lot consisted of Saperavi 2013 by Kakha Berishvili, Iberieli’s (Zurab Topuridze) Chkhaveri 2009, Coupage of Jani and Skhiltaubani and Mtsvane by Okro Wines.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Rare wines auction and crowdfunding campaign to support John Wurdeman of Pheasant's Tears

26.12.2015 (Hvino News) On December 27th, at 4 PM, the friends of John Wurdeman and the Georgian natural wine invite you to the charity event to be held at Vino Underground, G. Tabidze Street 15, Tbilisi  Map .

There will be an auction of rare and collectible Georgian natural wines that are not found anywhere else on the market.

John Wurdeman is founder of Georgian wine brand Pheasant's Tears and a well-known advocate of Georgian natural wine and culture. John's friends and colleagues are joining forces to support him, because on December 11th Wurdeman's house in Sighnaghi (Kakheti) was completely destroyed by fire. All his personal possessions and the ethnographic artifacts that he and his wife have been gathering over past 20 years are lost in fire.

The fire also damaged Pheasant's Tears wine cellar  Map   where John hosted his guests. It was the house where John, born and raised in the U.S., settled in the 90-es. Read more about John Wurdeman here: How a CD in Virginia led to a wine rebirth in Georgia and Pheasant’s Tears wine blends traditional elements of Georgian culture. Just days ago Hvino News wrote about one of Pheasant's Tears wines featured in Bloomberg's top wines list.

Earlier, an emergency crowdfunding campaign in support John Wurdeman was launched, which already raised $23,750 out of  $30k needed. All funds will be used by John and Ketevan to rebuild their home.

For everyone interested in helping John Wurdeman and his family to rebuild his home and cellar, here is the link to his crowdfunding page: https://www.gofundme.com/m2ej8rb2

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Georgian Rkatsiteli in Bloomberg's best wines list, called "fascinating"

24.12.2015 (Hvino News). "I am always asked if I drink inexpensive wines. Of course, I do – if the wines are really good. Happily, I can report that it is easier than ever to buy great stuff without spending a fortune,” - says  wine critic Elin McCoy, who authored article on the Bloomberg website that lists the 50 best wines under $50 USD.

"Fermented on grape skins like a red, this delicious apricot-y white from the Republic of Georgia is an “orange” wine aged in clay amphoras", - says McCoy about the only Georgian wine in her list - Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli wine (see Hvino's Catalogue's three entries here). It is listed at price $20 USD. The author tasted all of the wines including Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli and says the wine delivers plenty of value for the price.

Elin McCoy placed Georgian wine into a group entitled "Wines for Geeks - Fascinating niche bottles" - together with: 2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva; 2012 Paolo Bea Umbria Bianco Santa Chiara; and Valdespino Fino Inocente Sherry (which all have higher price tags).

Bloomberg is one of world's leading  media companies, a major source of  financial data.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Georgia in "Condé Nast Traveler" list of "hottest wine destinations 2016"

21.12.2015 (Hvino News). Georgia is listed in "The Hottest Wine Destinations of 2016" by luxury travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

"The Hottest Wine Destinations of 2016" is a list compiled by Condé Nast Traveler's Laura Giannatempo, published on December 17.

The magazine reads: "We asked some of the country’s top wine experts to tell us where they’re excited to go in the New Year. What we got is the wine lover’s definitive list of regions to explore." About Georgia:

"Georgia — the former Soviet Union country, not the American state, and one of the oldest wine regions in the world — has become a wine hotspot in the past few years. The traditional Georgian method using kvevris — beautiful, amphora-type clay vessels for fermenting, storing, and aging wine underground — is now being replicated by many natural winemakers all over the world. “The land, the history, the culture, the food, the wine, the people—it was one of the most powerful wine trips I’ve ever taken,” says Pascaline Lepeltier, beverage director of Rouge Tomate Chelsea, NYC."

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Schuchmann Wines to build wine spa

17.12.2015 (Hvino News). Schuchmann Wines Georgia announced plans to promote wellness tourism in the country, wine therapy (vinotherapy) in particular.

Nutsa Abramishvili, head of Schuchmann Wines, said that work on design of "Schuchmann Wine Spa" complex has already begun.  It will be a complex offering relaxing, spa and wellness procedures. In her words, the company's goal is to create local brand focused on recreational tourism that has great potential in Georgia. She notes it is the so-called "luxury" trend and prices are slightly higher than average, however, they will be available for the guests of the complex.

One of the first a "Vinotherapy" spa hotels was opened in La Rioja, Spain. Vinotherapy makes use of the benefits from the grape and the vine extracts to provide effective skincare treatments, with anti-ageing action. 

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Introduction to Georgia: Discussing producers and grape varieties

12.12.2015. [Part of interview with Stetson Robbins, sales manager at Blue Danube Wine Company, a U.S. importer of Georgian wines].

Let’s talk about the producers. How would you introduce them?

S: I’ll start with Kindzmarauli Marani and Shumi who share a similar story. Both are larger, modern wineries, producing “European-style” wines. This means that instead of qvevri they use stainless steel and/or oak barrels. They are located on either side of the Alazani River, in Kakheti — Georgia’s largest wine region — within two major appellations. Kindzmarauli Marani is on the left bank in the Kindzmarauli appellation Map , known for semi-sweet reds. Shumi is on the right bank within Tsinandali Map , an important white wine appellation. Even though both are considered large wineries, there is so much care that goes into the wines. Instead of purchasing fruit, both source from their own estates. Both are also dedicated to Georgia’s viticultural future. You can find experimental vineyards at both estates with hundreds of varietals, both indigenous and international. The goal is to see which grapes are most successful in their conditions. It’s encouraging to see this interest in supporting Georgia’s rich viticultural heritage from large and small producers alike.

The rest of the producers employ more traditional methods, using qvevri for fermentation and aging. If you want a window into the past, drink the wines from Shavnabada Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is located on the outskirts of Tbilisi Map , where classical wines are made under the strict supervision of the Monks. These Monks have been instrumental in making high quality qvevri wines for many centuries. The monastery is so far off the beaten path that we would not have known about it had it not been for Jean-Michel Morel of Kabaj in Slovenia. He apprenticed at this winery and was the one that introduced us to the wines. Drinking these wines is an almost spiritual or sacred experience.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Private Georgian wine tasting in Washington on January 12th

07.12.2015. Georgian wines have been making their way onto wine lists at some of DC’s trendiest restaurants lately, but the wines themselves are anything but faddish. Georgia is home to the world’s oldest continuous winemaking tradition, stretching back more than 7,000 years. Its most talented vintners are making natural wines using native grapes and ancient fermentation methods that yield complex flavors you won’t find elsewhere. Join Wendy Stuart of Food Works Group and Jenny Holm of The Georgian Table for a guided tasting and discover the fascinating stories behind these one-of-a-kind wines.

Guided Georgian Wine Tasting
Five wines plus light snacks and sweets
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Private residence near U St. NW in Washington, DC (Address will be sent after ticket purchase)
$40 per person

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hvino starts Christmas Sale - best shopping season for companies interested in international promotion

06.12.2015. As holiday season is coming, we at Hvino.com have prepared a big load of presents to our clients and friends - wine producers and other companies who want to raise their brand visibility among international readership.

Since our launch in 2012, Hvino has grown into a multi-function portal consisting of 6 independent web resources. It includes new unique services such as first Georgian Wine Catalogue, and first interactive Wine Map. Our core daily English news service Hvino News with ever-growing traffic reaches every country of the world (to be exact, 169 countries!).

With 6 independent web platforms, we now have all kinds of various advertising options - for any purpose and any budget. And even more discounts and special offers! In addition to simple banners, clients may advertise on Hvino Map (Premium map markers can make your winery or shop immediately visible on the map); add new wines labels to Catalogue; or even buy the whole background space on some sites! We have got so many options that the list would be too long. So we decided to save time of our clients and friends:

Instead of a long list of all our marketing and advertising possibilities, discounts, and bonuses on all 6 sites, we are making one simple Holiday Season Offer. We give 1-3 months of FREE BONUS SERVICE and/or 25%, 35% and 50% DISCOUNTS from usual price, and we advise which our services are most cost-efficient for your goals!

If you are a company interested in promotion with us, simply tell us  which target group you want to reach with your message, and what's your budget limit. That's all.

Our marketing professionals will quickly (in 24 hours) present SEVERAL alternative packages for your choice. Our proposals will be made individually, to meet your specific needs, based on optimal use of ALL our tools. 

We hope this approach will help you save time (and money). Take advantage of Hvino's Holiday Season Offer. It's the best time to plan your 2016 Hvino marketing campaigns with huge savings.



Happy holidays!

Hong Kong's lifestyle magazine covers more Georgian wines

06.12.2015 (Hvino News). Last October Post Magazine, a popular Hong Kong's magazine published by South China Morning Post, has featured an article on Georgian white wines. Today the Chinese lifestyle periodical explores the theme further with its second take on Georgian wines, by the same author Sarah Wong.

Entitled "Three outstanding wines from Georgia", the article covers Georgian qvevri-fermented reds available from local distributor in Hong Kong:
  • Badagoni Alaverdi Tradition Red 2007, price in Hong Kong HK$760 (almost 100 US dollars);
  • Pheasant's Tears Shavkapito 2010, HK$330;
  • Teleda (Orgo) Saperavi 2007, HK$420.

Sarah Wong writes: "Gaumarjos! Georgia, as mentioned in these pages recently, has a wine history that dates back to ancient times. The tamada, or toastmaster, has long played an integral role in the ritual of wine drinking. A tamada is similar to a master of ceremonies, and his job is to introduce each toast during feasts and other celebrations... Cheers, or, as they say in Georgia, gaumarjos!"

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Georgia once again in focus of Vogue magazine

04.12.2015. (Hvino News). Just a couple months ago Hvino News reported about American Vogue magazine's mentioning Georgian wine on top of the Vogue's list of orange wines (read more: Vogue magazine lists Georgian Iago's Chinuri as number one orange wine).

On December 2 Georgia appears again in the focus of Vogue's attention. This time the renown magazine goes further in exploration of Georgia. Vogue published five reasons why one should visit Georgia, in the article “Why Georgia (the country) is the secret gem of Europe”.

The author Liana Satenstein starts her article with a direct call to action:
"This holiday season, forget the plane ticket to Milan. Cancel Berlin. And don’t bother with London. Instead, head to Georgia".
The first of Vogue's reasons is Georgian food and wine:
Over the past few years, a wave of Georgian restaurants have become a hit stateside... And there is no doubt about why this Eastern European cuisine has crossed the Atlantic.... Georgian wine—it’s fermented in a kvevri, a B.C. tradition that involves a clay vessel buried far underground.
Besides delicacies such as khachapuri ("bread is in the shape of a pinched boat, stuffed and baked with a traditional Georgian cheese called suluguni"), other attractions listed by Vogue include Georgian ballet, sulfur baths, and Tbilisi's architecture. A little bit oversimplified list, in our view, but anyway thanks to Vogue for covering Georgia.

We hope the readers who will visit Georgia will report many other really unique attractive features of Georgia, and discover that it is a gem indeed.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

"Al Jazeera": Wine, Georgia's most popular export, thrives in embargo

by Mansur Mirovalev

27.11.2015. Temori Saalishvili lifts a lid from a round ceramic vat in the concrete floor of his basement. With a wooden pitchfork, he stirs a bubbling, pungent, amber-coloured liquid filled with grape skins, stems and seeds.

After several more days of fermentation, the liquid will turn into young, full-bodied "orange" wine with strong tannins and fruity overtones.

The wine seems to have absorbed the flavours of the landscape around it: walnut and persimmon trees skirting stone houses, a patchwork of sun-kissed fields and lush meadows watered by the snow-covered Greater Caucasus Mountains, and garlands of dry saffron flowers hanging in Saalishvili's kitchen.

Most European wines are made by fermenting grape juice after it has been separated from the grape skins. But traditional Georgian wine, or hvino, is skin-fermented without yeast and chemicals, mostly in containers similar to the one below Saalishvili's basement floor. It is called kvevri - an earthenware vat more than two metres tall that was installed by Saalishvili's grandfather half a century ago and is now a subterranean pillar of the world's oldest viticulture.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CNN: Is Georgia the world’s cradle of wine? [With video]

25.11.2015. (Hvino News). Sumnima Udas, CNN International's Delhi-based correspondent, presented the new CNN video following the Silk Road route.

"Visit Kakheti, Georgia's lush wine-producing region and find out why many believe the country is the world's cradle of wine”, -reports the new CNN video devoted to Georgia's Tbilisi and Kakheti.

Watch the video: