Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking opened new plant

22.11.2014 (Hvino News). Today Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) opened  its new plant in Keda, Adjara region.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili opened the plant and addressed the public at the ceremony with a speech.

The project costed about 1 million GEL (around 600 thousand USD), which was allocated based on law-rate credit of Agriculture Management Agency.

The plant is equipped with latest technologies and an international-standard chemical laboratory. The factory will process grapes collected from Guria and Adjara regions. The construction started in April, 2014.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Georgian Wine: Rebooting the Cradle of Wine [Part 1 of 2 On Georgian Wine]

21.11.2014. Passport…check.  Power plug adapters…check.  Load up iPod with new music…check.  Pack clothes for as many different types of weather because I have absolutely no idea what to expect…check.  Girlfriend gives me drugs for the 12-hours of flight time each way…double check. That was pretty much the process I went through after I got the word that I was headed to the Republic of Georgia for an introduction to their wine & culture.

Although it’s known as Georgia internationally it turns out they have their own name for their homeland, Sakartvelo, a name derived from the core region of the country Kartli.  So why then is it known elsewhere as Georgia?  There are a few explanations, but it is likely that their devout national Christian beliefs and the patron saint of the country, St. George, have much to do with it.  This is not to mention that Georgian men named George are as common as Americans named John, and the the red cross of St. George is prominently featured through the middle of the national flag.

Another reason for the separate names is that it is very hard to establish an international identity when, throughout history, your country is constantly being invaded and absorbed into whichever conquering power is marching through the region.  The Ottomans, the Romans, the Persians, and the Soviets have all claimed it at some point. Yet somehow through it all they still remain proudly Georgian.


Upon my arrival it turns out that Georgia is completely unlike whatever few preconceptions I had beforehand.  The most important of which is this: Georgia is NOT…I repeat…NOT Russia! As a self-proclaimed map nerd I already knew that it has been a sovereign nation since the USSR dissolved in 1991.  But as you look at how close it is to Russia one starts to think that they must be pretty similar people.  Then as you continue to look at how many other cultures surround Georgia – Turkey to the southwest, Azerbaijan to the southeast, Armenia to the South – you start to see that this country is influenced by many different types of people, religion, and cultures.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

KTW to open new winery in Keda, Adjara

19.11.2014. (Hvino News) Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) is planning to open its new plant in Keda, Adjara region, on November 22.

According to KTW's director Zurab Chkhaidze, the new winery will process about 600-700 tons of grapes.

The construction began last April, and costed 1 million GEL (about 559.000 USD). During the ceremony  of project launch Zurab Chkhaidze and Chairman of Ajara government Archil Khabadze declared that the enterprise will start to work by the end of the year.

Zurab Chkhaidze noted that a tourist complex would be located in the area of the factory, where visitors will be able to learn about the history of Georgian wine and taste it. Winery will have its museum and premium wine cellars. They will open next year.

The investor also plans construction of fruit processing plants in Keda.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How to clean a qvevri (video)

by Alice Feiring

18.11.2014. During my last trip to Georgia, the country was in the middle of harvest and Iago Bitarishvili (Iago's wine) had a big problem.

He needed help cleaning qvevri.

This is one of the most important tasks when working with  those big vessels. Without a proper and throrough cleaning the  resulting wines would surely be a mouse bomb.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Georgia’s wine production statistical highlights

17.10.2014 (Hvino News). According to data released by Georgian government’s international monitoring center, 2013 was the best grape harvest in decades in Georgia. Georgia produced 12.6 percent more wine in 2013 than in 2012.

71.2 percent of the 183,381 tons of wine produced in 2013 came from households, and 28.8 percent from companies. In 2012, 74.3 percent was from household and 25.7 from companies.

Total 170 entities produced wine in 2013 (Hvino's database has 97 wine producers, see here).

In terms of volume, the top producers were Telavi Wine Cellar (Marani), Tbilvino, Georgian Wine and Spirits (GWS).

Winery Khareba was the largest employer.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Georgia, the cradle of wine

16.11.2014. When someone talks about “old world wines,” they usually mean ones from the three wine-producing powerhouses of Europe: France, Italy and Spain. But whereas French wines can trace their roots back 2600 years, 2800 tops, Georgia’s wine-making history goes much, much further.

Recent DNA studies of today’s cultivated grape varieties point to Transcaucasia (that area between the Black and Caspian seas that now covers Armenia, Georgia and eastern Turkey) as the birthplace of viticulture and Vitis vinifera grapes, which account for the majority of wines produced around the world today.

Estimates place the start of viticulture around 6000 BC, possibly even earlier. Shards of wine-stained pottery have been found at sites in Georgia (dated to 6000 BC) and northern Iran (dated to 5000 BC).

There is an ancient Persian fable that credits a lady of the court with the discovery of wine. Falling out of favour with her King, a Persian Princess attempts suicide by drinking a jar of spoiled grapes. Instead of dying, her mood is elevated. Apparently, the King likes her new attitude so much that he admits her back into his good graces.

Whether this fable is true or whether Neolithic-era farmers themselves discovered the effects of spoiled grapes, wine is more likely the result of a fortuitous accident than human invention.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking awarded with five medals in Hong Kong

13.11.2014. On November 6-8 the company Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW) participated in the international wine and spirit exhibition "Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition". This exhibition is one of the most prestigious in Asia, where the most famous sommeliers, importers and wine experts from all around the world are gathered. (More details on this exhibition results see Georgia wins 19 awards including gold in Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition)

Wine competition was held in the framework of the exhibition. KTW's products were awarded with five medals.

Gold medal: Saperavi Muscat 2012. It is an excellent match with the local cuisine - the Beijing Duck.

Silver medal: Georgian brandy Old Kakheti 17 Year Old, Premium Chacha (Classical) and Saperavi 2012.

Muscat Premium class was awarded with Bronze medal.

On November 8th Georgian wine tasting was completed by the famous sommelier Debra Meiburg. KTW's Kindzmarauli was presented at the tasting. At the same time, in the lobby of the exhibition hall (called Ice Bar) the chacha presentation was hosted, and variety of cocktails were prepared on the base of chacha.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Profession of sommelier undervalued in Georgia

11.11.2014. Interview with Shalva Khetsuriani, president of the Georgian Sommelier Association:

What is the Georgian Sommelier Association and what is its purpose?

The Georgian Sommelier Association was established in 2003 and is a member of the international association. Our main function  is strengthening and development of the culture of wine in Georgia and the popularization of Georgian wine abroad. Journalists in the field of winemaking, importers, distributors, government agencies, etc are involved in these activities. Especially, I would like to note assistance rendered by the National Wine Agency.

How are you going to implement your program aimed at popularization of Georgian wine and increase of  its export potential? Overseas,  demand for sommelier is quite high, especially in restaurants, what can you say about  Georgia?

In Georgia, the sommelier profession is  insufficiently appreciated yet, so we are trying to popularize it. The International Sommelier Association consists of representatives of 59 countries. They mainly operate in the premium segment, and much depends on  them in terms of the promotion of wine in the market. Georgian wine needs sommeliers as well and this area is gradually starting to develop. Everything needs time.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Georgian spirit producers want government to promote products

08.11.2014. Georgian companies producing spirits ask  the state to pay more attention to them.

According to Zaza Tabagari, a consultant for strategic planning of Gomi,  the entry into the  foreign market requires  very large amounts, for this reason the  brand  is not able to carry out large-scale activities.

Currently, the company exports its products only to  Turkey and Latvia, where Gomi vodka holds only 2% of the overall market.

Tabagari brings an example of the Georgian wine companies  promoted on the Russian market by the state.

"Do you think it’s  the  companies achievement  that their products are popular in the Russian market?

If Russians drink Georgian wine,  do you think Englishmen will not  drink? They  will also drink with pleasure, but they are not  aware of it, "- Tabagari notes.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Georgia wins 19 awards including gold in Hong Kong Wine & Spirit Competition

07.11.2014 (Hvino News) Georgia won 19 awards in the 2014's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition (HKIWSC), including two gold awards.

Run in partnership with the London-based International Wine & Spirit Competition, which has been running for 40 years and is the world’s premier platform for recognising quality in the industry, the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition is created specifically for the Asian market by those who know and are intimately involved in the region. Judging is conducted by Asia’s most esteemed wine judges from China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India – including the competition’s Director and Master of Wine, Hong Kong-based Debra Meiburg MW.

The gold award winners are:
  • Chelti 2008 by Giorgi Mirianashvili
  • KTW Saperavi Moscato 2012, by Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (Food & Wine Award)

Georgia’s historic city of Telavi hosts wine festival

08.11.2014. The sweet smell of Georgian wine is wafting through the air today in Telavi, the heart of Georgia’s wine-making area Kakheti, as the city celebrates the traditional Georgian tipple.

For the first time the city is hosting its first wine festival, named Telavino 2014. The one-day event coincided with the celebration of the day of the city.

Organisers said the wine festival aimed to promote Georgian wine, wine culture and vine and at Telavino 2014, guests will have the chance to taste 500 different types of wine produced by small and large wine companies.

Telavino 2014 will also host an exhibition and open markets that display national crafts. Selections of naturally-produced cheese and honey will also be available to taste and purchase.

Festival guests will have the chance to buy many varieties of Georgian wine with a 20 percent discount or taste the various wine offerings from a specially created tasting glass.

Kakheti is a historical area of eastern Georgia, located in the valleys of the Iori and Alazani rivers.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Georgian wines winning medals at ENOEXPO 2014 in Krakow

06.11.2014 (Hvino News). The results of 6th ENOEXPO 2014 Winemaking Competition in Krakow, Poland, have been announced. Among the winners are Georgian wines:

Gold medal:

winery/company’s name: MARANI 1915 Sp. z o.o.
producer’s name: Telavi Wine Cellar
wine name and vintage: Satrapezo Ice Wine Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
country of origin: GEORGIA
score: 91,6

winery/company’s name: ISC "Chateau Mukhrani"
producer’s name: ISC "Chateau Mukhrani"
wine name and vintage: Shavkapito, 2012
country of origin: GEORGIA
score: 91,6

winery/company’s name: "Wine Company SHUMI" Ltd.
producer’s name: Wine Company SHUMI
wine name and vintage: Napareuli 2012
country of origin: GEORGIA
score: 91,2

Georgia's Lado Uzunashvili to speak at Australian wine show

06.11.2014 (Hvino News) Well-known Georgian winemaker Lado Uzunashvili will be a speaker at "Talk and Taste" session of the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS), which kicks off today in Mildura (Victoria, Australia). 

Together with wine writer Walter Speller and Australian winemakers Glenn James, Corrina Wright and Bart Van Olphen, Lado Uzunashvili  will talk about the “ancient in modernity” over two sessions of AAVWS.

“The first session will be an exploration of Georgian wines and native varieties such as Kakhuri Mtsvane, Saperavi and Rkatsiteli led by Lado and the second sessions are geared for anyone who wants to explore non-conventional winemaking,” Jane Faulkner, chief judge of the show said.

Established in 2001, the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is more than just a wine show and highly regarded in the Australian Wine Industry for its commitment to exploring the growing, making, marketing and drinking of these exciting new wines.

The show aims to provide an alternative to the mainstream wine shows, a dedicated forum for alternative or emerging wine varieties and to encourage alternative, more cutting edge judging procedures. It attracts over 600 entries from throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Each year the AAVWS organizes a series of events where members of the public and winemakers can taste the entries and learn more about alternative varieties in Australia.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tbilisoba 2014: Celebrating Wine City

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05.11.2014. The wine tents in Rike Park encouraged wine lovers who visited the country’s most colourful and spectacular two-day festival – Tbilisoba, the celebration of the diversity and history of the capital city Tbilisi – to sip the Georgian wine offerings produced from all winemaking regions of the country.

Sampling, sniffing and savouring Georgian wines in Tbilisi is not rare occasion but when revellers can try samples of the country’s top wineries, taste some of the hundreds of wines on offer, and get the chance to take some home to enjoy at a discounted price, then it’s well worth it to enjoy a fun day at Wine City.

Some of the labels on show were Mukuzani, Shumi, Kindzmarauli, Iberiuli, Kakhuri and Qvevri Wine. The ancient history of Georgian winemaking, including the Qvevri wine-making method, is the most cherished cultural treasure of Georgia and has recently joined the UNESCO heritage list. Brandy, as well as Chacha, a Georgian traditional spirit drink produced from the remains of the squeezed grapes, were also served at Wine City.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Grape prices soar to a record high in Racha and Lechkhumi regions

by Aleko Tskitishvili

03.11.2014. The freak weather conditions of the 2014 year, which included a spring frost, hailstorms and a drought, greatly affected the vineyards of Racha and Lechkhumi regions. Not only that, the growers were beset with problems of grapevine diseases and sparrow attacks in fall, causing a drastic reduction in yields in both regions. Indeed, the growers still benefited from the vintage, as they were able to sell their rare grape varieties of Aleksandrouli, Mujuretuli and Usakhelouri, for a record breaking price.
The growers from Racha region expected the prices of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli to be 10-12 Gel. In the end, the market price for these varietals was set at 8 Gel per kilogram. In fact, Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli cost the same last year as well. However, the yield was three times more compared to this year. Therefore, the growers were hoping that after smaller than expected crop, there would be a surge in demand for grapes, which would cause the prices to rise. The prices have not gone up, because the wine companies have had their own intentions. Still, it has not left the growers discontent since the prices of Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli have hit a new high – 8 Gel per kilogram in the history of this national currency. Even during the Soviet time, these varietals didn’t cost this much and even before Russia placed an embargo on wine and other alcoholic drinks from Georgia (in 2006), the companies had not paid for Aleksandrouli and Mujuretuli grapes more than 4-5 Gel per kilogram.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Vintage 2014

31.10.2014. The vintage season is one of the most exciting periods of the year for Georgian people. As early as September, farmers and winegrowers closely monitor the weather, in anticipation of the season arriving while government representatives meet regularly to make the necessary arrangements to embrace the harvest.

Levan Davitashvili, the Chairman of the National Wine Agency, claims that the government has scrupulously fulfilled their social responsibility and that there had been nothing to impede a satisfactory vintage. The 2014 edition of this centuries-old tradition has been, it would appear, well-organized and successful.

Customarily, the vintage begins in the region of Dedoflistskaro, while a more recent innovation is a “hotline” based in Gurjaani (Kakheti, east Georgia) through which the wine harvest is coordinated and regulated. The number of produced grapes was calculated by a computer program with a united online database. As was the case last year, the Government decided again to subsidize white and red grapes, to support viticulture and wine-making. The subsidies are set at 35 tetri for 1kg of  “Rqatsiteli” and 15 tetri for 1kg of  “Saperavi”.

Significantly, those involved in the 2014 Vintage reported a great improvement in quality control. This was especially important with regards to the export of Chacha from facilities, a move which combats against the falsification of wine. In addition, in the region of Racha, to be sure that only high quality grapes were imported, the Government has started to control all the routes used to import the grapes long before the vintage begins. This has notably improved the raw materials base for “Khvanchkara”, perhaps the most famous of Racha wines for which there is always great popular demand.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

World's Best Sommelier Gerard Basset presented Tamada wines in ex-Soviet republics

30.10.2014 (Hvino News). Renowned wine expert Gerard Basset has recently visited Tbilisi, Kiev, Almaty and Moscow in the framework of an international tour organized by GWS Tamada.

Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW, MBA is currently the only person in the world to hold the combined titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA and World's Best Sommelier. Basset was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011. He was elected by Decanter as 2013 Man of the Year.

On October 29 at the Moscow's "Nostalgie" - one of  oldest and best-kbown restaurants -  Gerard Basset hosted the gastronomic presentation of Georgian wines. Together with chef Igor Doudkin several specially formulated sets were presented, prepared to best pair with classical Georgian wines Tsinandali, Pirosmani, Kindzmarauli and Mukuzani.

Tamada wine brand belongs to Georgian Wine and Spirits Company (GWS), founded in 1993. The brand's portfolio includes 6 wines with controlled appellation of origin: Tsinandali, Mukuzani, Napareuli, Kindzmarauli, Khvanchkara and Akhasheni.

Hvino News will soon published an exclusive interview with Mr. Bassett.

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Telavino 2014

30.10.2014. It is our pleasure to invite you to Telavi, on 7th of November, to take part in Telavi Wine Festival “TELAVINO - 2014” organized by Kakheti Wine Guild, to share with us historical and cultural heritage connected to Georgian wine, vine-growing and wine-making traditions and related fields of folk handicrafts.

“TELAVINO - 2014” visitors are offered to spend one memorable day of late autumn in the heart of Kakheti, Telavi and celebrate the birthday of King Irakli II, take part in Telavi-city day celebration and finally taste more than 500 wines with their authentic type, style and age, presented by big, medium and small Georgian wineries. At the separate exposition area, within the frame of "NEW Nadimi 2014" festival visitors will be able to be closely acquainted to the local cheese and natural honey producers, thus offering a unique chance of enjoying wine and cheese and even honey pairing experience.

At “TELAVINO - 2014” special presents are waiting to all the visitors:

1. Special tasting glass with “TELAVINO - 2014” logo produced by well-known Austrian company Spiegelau.

2. Only within the “TELAVINO - 2014” festival, all guests are offered a chance to have special discount of 20% on numerous wines offered by Kakheti Wine Guild. The list of the offer will be placed on Kakheti Wine Guild web page starting from 25th of October.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Georgia embraces tougher wine producing regulations

29.10.2014. The Georgian government is taking a tougher stance on the country’s currently relaxed regulations on wine productions and making it illegal for wine producers to sell the grape pomace, a grape residue left after making wine.

In particular, the wine producers will be obliged to use the pomace, according to today’s resolution of the Prime Minister.

The government believed the new rules acted as a preventive measure that would further protect the wine sector and eliminate the production and distribution of low-quality wines.

Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the parliament of Georgia Giga Agulashvili believed there were occasions when pomace had been produced for secondary use. "Furthermore, it was resulting in adding sugar and water to the pomace and low quality of wine being produced,” Agulashvili said.

The MP believed the resolution would encourage the production of pomace oil and use of pomace as a bio-fertilizer.

The National Agency of Wine will monitor the processes at Georgia’s wine producing companies.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Georgian farmers earn 170 million GEL from 2014's grape harvest

28.10.2014. Georgian farmers from the country's wine producing regions are enjoying the benefits of a bumper harvest after earning 170 million GEL [about USD 100 million - HN] by selling 120,000 tons of grapes this year.

The 2014 grape picking season has ended in all of Georgia’s wine producing regions including Kakheti in the east and Imereti and Racha in Georgia’s west, said Georgia’s National Wine Agency.

A coordination centre for grape vintage under the supervision of the government "Rtveli 2014" was established in wine producing regions and worked as a 24/7 service. Furthermore, 10 private wine plants purchased grapes from farmers in Racha and 30 plants from Kakheti.

"With the support of the Government, the sales of grapes have been promoted. Wine producing companies still continue the purchasing of grapes. Consequently, no farmers have experienced problems related to sales,” said the National Wine Agency in a statement.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Georgian wine to strengthen position in American and Chinese markets (Interview)

27.10.2014. An interview with Director of the National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili.

The Agency announced a new marketing strategy. What does it represent and which countries will it cover?

First of all, the study will be conducted with the participation of international organizations, the purpose of which will be two directions - the countries where Georgian wine is well-known and the countries where such awareness is absent. Accordingly, there will be two different strategies.

In the first case, we are talking about the post-Soviet countries, and a major goal there is to update the image of Georgian wine, so that it will not be associated only with the Soviet period. Georgian wine should be attractive to the younger generation who did not live in the Soviet Union, or lived there for a short time.

Today, this is a problem, as the Georgian wine is known from the Soviet era, when it was considered prestigious - but that generation has grown old, so we have to make our wine prestigious a for a new generation. We should definitely work on this issue.

On the other hand, there are countries where almost nothing is known about Georgian wine - for example, the United States and China, and many other markets. Of course, they know it to some extent, but this is insufficient. Therefore, we are faced with a great challenge, besides, it is necessary to increase awareness of the country in general.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Seven Georgian wine companies participate in Western China International Fair in Chengdu

26.10.2014 (Hvino News). Georgian companies are exhibiting their products at the 15th Western China International Fair (WCIF) in the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on October 23 - November 03.

Georgian winemakers together with producers of juice, water and food companies are presented among four thousand participants from 72 countries. Among the wine companies represented in WCIF are Winery Khareba, KTW, Chateau Mukhrani, Bagrationi 1882, Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Kindzmarauli Marani, Qimerioni.

Nodar Kereselidze, Deputy Minister Agriculture, who heads the Georgian delegation, said the export to China has increased by 100 percent this year.

The 6th session of Georgia-China Intergovernmental Committee is also scheduled to take place in Chengdu during the WCIF.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai will attend the WCIF to deliver a keynote speech at the 7th Western China International Cooperation Forum during his stay in Chengdu. Foreign attendees to the WCIF include Czech President Milos Zeman.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Wine Parade and Wine Contest at Tbilisoba: Georgia's capital city biggest festival

25.10.2014 (Hvino News).  The biggest of all festival celebration has started in Georgia. The streets of Old Tbilisi are alive this weekend for a two-day event celebrating one of the country’s most colorful and spectacular festivals – Tbilisoba, the celebration of the diversity and history of Georgia's capital city.

One of the most enjoyable events of the festival will be Wine Parade, and exhibition/sale of traditional Georgian wine, which will take place from 3-4 pm near Metekhi Bridge, Meidani, Rike in Tbilisi.

On October 26 results of Georgian Wine Contest Tbilisi 2014 will be announced by 3 kinds of juries:
professional jury, which consists of enologists (members of state tasting commission) and sommeliers, public jury with public figures, and media jury - with journalists.

Tbilisoba is a celebration of the city’s 1,500-year history and today, it is one of the most anticipated festivals in the Georgian calendar with locals and guests coming from all over the country to celebrate their capital city’s history. It also had the unintended effect of engaging Georgians more intensely in their national history.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Hvino News" becomes media partner of ProWine China, Shanghai's international wine fair

22.10.2014 (Hvino News). Hvino.com is pleased to communicate that Hvino News is now the official supporting media partner of ProWine China, a world leading international trade fair for wine and spirits (see the official list of supporting medias here).

ProWine China is scheduled for 12-14 November in Shanghai. The fair's variety makes it a unique show in Mainland China.

Among the event's highlights is cooperation of ProWine China and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET):  London-based WSET, one of the foremost international bodies in the field of wines and spirits education, will offer high professional education seminars on the three show days. Wine trade professionals will have the opportunity to gain an insight into the industry's most respected wine qualification during the Institute of Masters of Wine master class. MUNDUS VINI, one of the most prestigious wine competitions in Europe, will bring 200 of the 2014 winning wines to the tasting zone at ProWine China.

ProWine China is sister project of Europe's leading wine fair ProWein Dusseldorf. For almost three years Hvino News has been developing successful cooperation with ProWein Dusseldorf,  being the sole ProWein's media partner from Georgia. Understanding the high importance of Asian market for Georgian wine, Hvino's team is now expanding our activity eastwards and aims to assist in promotion of Georgian winemaking in Asia and especially in China.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Due to high price, wine companies refuse from producing Khvanchkara

20.10.2014 (Hvino News). Next year, wine companies will not probably purchase grapes grown in Racha which are used for making Khvanchkara wine, according to George Markozashvili, director of Kakhuri Ltd.

Mr. Markozashvili said his company bought 45 tons of grapes, however, if the price remains high next year, they are not going to pay GEL 8 per kg.

George Markozashvili explains the critically high price by the fact that Khvanchkara is popular only on the Russian market. In his view, otherwise, the price of Khvanchkara should not be higher than the Saperavi price.

Badagoni purchased 50 tons of Mujuretuli and Aleksandrouli grape varieties during  vintage in Racha. Badagoni's director Gia Shengelia explains a small amount of grapes by quite large quantities of Khvanchkara wine made last year.

Badagoni exports Khvanchkara wine only to Russia and the Russian market didn’t live up to expectations last year. For other countries, this type of wine is not interesting because of the high price.