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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Georgia will present wines at MegaVino in Brussels

19.10.2017 (Hvino News). Nine Georgian wine companies will present their products at the annual MegaVino fair in Brussels.

This year the wine exhibition in Brussels will be held for the 19th time on October 20-23 at the Brussels Expo.

The MegaVino exhibition is the main event dedicated to wine in the Benelux countries and one of the main events in the wine industry. It attracts both professionals and connoisseurs.

List of Georgian winemaking companies:
  • Kakhuri Gvinis Marani
  • Mosmieri 
  • Qimerioni
  • Shilda Winery 
  • Vaziani Company
  • Georgian Wines 
  • Mildiani Family Winery 
  • Chateau Nekresi
  • Dugladze 

Badagoni wins trademark case in China

19.10.2017 (Hvino News). On October 18, Georgian wine company Badagoni held press-conference at Tbilisi's hotel Biltmore, where the main theme was an important lawsuit of Badagoni.

Last year Badagoni applied to register its brand in China, but it was found out that the trademark of Badagoni was already registered there by a Chinese company. Badagoni made a complaint against that company, and won that case to trademark its wine in China, protecting the name and quality of its wines from misuse and imitation in the country. The dispute was resolved in favour of the Georgian side and the registration of the Chinese brand was cancelled.

This was the first case of a Georgian company winning trademark dispute in China. Chairman of the National Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, Chairman of Sakpatenti Nikoloz Gogilidze, founder of Badagoni Giorgi Salakaia, and lawyer Davit Asatiani spoke about the case at the press conference.

Last year China recognized the geographical indications of several Georgian wines including Khvanchkara, Tsinandali and Kindzmarauli as well as Georgian chacha, a strong spirit similar to grappa.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saperavi World Prize 2017 – Why is it good for Georgia?

18.10.2017. Soon Tbilisi will host  “Saperavi World Prize” – the first Georgian wine contest for foreign winemakers. Saperavi wines produced around the globe (even in far-away Australia and News Zealand) are being shipped to Georgia, where they are to be judged by country’s best winemaking experts.

Caucasian Business Week is among official media partners of Saperavi World Prize (“SapPrize”). We have received questions from readers about this new event, and contacted the organizers for answers.  Inge Olsson of Georgian wine news is manager of Saperavi World Prize. He kindly agreed to answer our questions.

– These Saperavi wines are produced abroad. Why are they important for Georgia?
– Saperavi is the most famous Georgian variety. In Georgia it’s a legend, but in many countries it is not known. If we want Georgia to sell its products at global market, we must use all opportunities to promote everything Georgian, and of course Saperavi. The winemakers who produce Saperavi wines in USA or New Zealand are doing a very good job for Georgia. And Georgia must not only show its appreciation, but stimulate a wider use of Saperavi in the world.

The words “Saperavi” and “Georgia” must be heard often, to become familiar to international consumers. In result, more people will buy Georgian products. So, Georgian producers will gain direct benefits.
–  What other benefits or advantages are there for Georgia in this project?

Georgia will establish itself as main authority in this sector of winemaking, it will act as consultant to everybody interested in Georgian wine varieties and technologies (for example, qvevri technology). Georgia must position itself as a “hub”, encouraging people to come here, seek information here, apply to Georgians for expertise, etc. Georgia is one of the most ancient centers of winemaking, but this will remain just a phrase, if we do not install motivational mechanisms. Saperavi World Prize is one of such mechanisms. It can be followed by master-classes, or other educational projects.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Official: 9 months' data of wine and spirits export

06.10.2017 (Hvino News). In January-September 2017 Georgia exported 52.7 million bottles of wine to 45 countries, up 63% year on year. In the reporting period, the total exports value made up 116 million USD, up 55% year on year.

“According to the export data of January-September 2017, wine export are up by 63% compared with the same period of the previous year. Wine realization income has grown by 55%, that gives the possibility to make a prediction that at the end of the year a record number of wine will be exported from Georgia. Export growth is remarkable in the countries of European Union, Asia, USA and other countries, which is a result of coordinated work and well planed marketing activity of the National Wine Agency and wine sector”- said National Wine Agency's head, Giorgi Samanishvili.

According to National Wine Agency, exports have increased in the following countries: China – 44% (5537261), Russia – 95% (33243157), Ukraine – 54% (5322683), Poland – 14% (1869852), Latvia – 36% (1141778), Belarus – 34% (1054994), the USA – 81% (346398), Germany – 28% (286156), Israel – 305% (170834), Mongolia – 182% (112710), France – 321% (96790), Azerbaijan – 102% (102 342).

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Forbes": Georgia's tourism strategy is starting to pay off

by Stephan Rabimov

04.10.2017. Georgia takes its tourism seriously, very seriously. Just ask Jesper Black. When the Dutch tourist landed at Tbilisi International Airport becoming the country’s six millionth visitor in 2016 he was whisked away in a Mercedes sedan for a red carpet welcome and private dinner with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. The agency behind the campaign to mark the country’s milestone even created a website for Georgians to vote on which national dish should be served to the six millionth tourist, khinkali dumplings or chkmeruli chicken?

Clearly having jumped from 2.8 million visitors in 2011 to six million in 2016 is a big deal in this former Soviet Republic situated between Europe, Russia and the Middle East. And suddenly it feels as if it’s on every traveler’s radar. In 2015, Georgia ranked 25th on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go. New flight routes have launched from cities around Europe and this year Georgia made Conde Nast Traveler’s list of hottest upcoming wine destinations.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Georgian "supra" presentation in Bordeaux

30.09.2017. Exhibition “Georgia – The Cradle of Wine” is being held in Bordeaux, France. Within the framework of the project, the presentation of the Georgian supra was held in the Center of Wine Civilization “Cité des Civilisations Du Vin”.

The guests of the presentation got acquainted with the peculiarities, aesthetics and the importance of the Georgian table.  Guests tasted Georgian dishes made by Georgian professional chef Tekuna Gachechiladze.

Georgian writer Zurab Karumidze led the presentation.

The inspiration of the presentation became the exhibition "Georgia – The Cradle of Wine", which has been visited by more than 33,000 visitors.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Georgian Wine Week 2017

27.09.2017 (Hvino News). It is fourth time Ministry of Agriculture and National Wine Agency are organizing “Georgian Wine Week”. Georgian Wine Day was first celebrated in 2014. Due to high interest to the event, in 2016 it was decided to transform the “Georgian Wine Day” into “Georgian Wine Week”.

The following events are planned during Georgian Wine Week 2017:

On September 29, at 12.00 "Georgian Wine Festival” will be held for the second time in the city of Marneuli as an archaeological center of Georgian wine, with presentation "Marneuli - The Cradle of Vine", with ethnographic exhibits from archaeological excavation locations in Marneuli municipality. During the festival, grapes will be pressed in “Satsnakheli”, and the guests will have the opportunity to taste Georgian wines.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Another group of wine experts from USA led by Julie Peterson visits Georgia

26.09.2017 (Hvino News). Another group of wine experts from USA led by Julie Peterson has just visited Georgia. Julie Peterson heads Marq Energie marketing agency, which is contracted by Georgia's National Wine Agency's to support Georgian wine promotion in USA.

“Americans are becoming very interested in Georgian wine, - Ms. Peterson commented, - In fact, this year exports are already up about 70%, so it's very exciting that this tradition has becoming of such high interest in the US and not only the tradition, but the very wines.”

This is already third delegation brought to Georgia this year by Marq Energie. Previous visits were organized last May and June (read more: US wine experts are exploring Georgian wine and American wine professionals visited Georgia, respectively)

Friday, September 22, 2017

British wine witers explore Georgian wine

22.09.2017 (Hvino News) A group of British wine writers headed by Sarah Abbott, Master of Wine, has recently visited Georgia.

The group, which included Miles Willis, Martin Lam, David Williams, Emma Diggory, Kate Clarke, Madeleine Waters, had the opportunity to taste wines of the following companies: Telavi Wine Cellar, GWS, Mukado Wines, Alaverdi Monastery Cellar, Vita Vinea, Papari Valley, Tchotiashvili Family Vineyards, Pheasant's Tears. Before going to Kakheti, Sarah Abbott met the representatives of Georgian wine companies in Tbilisi, talking about the pricing policy, labeling of wines,  quality issues.

“A group of wine professionals from the UK is visiting Georgia. This visit is special, as the UK market is prominent for Georgian wine export. The entry and development on  this market is a priority for Georgian wine. After the visit, the guests will write abut Georgian wine culture, that will further promote Georgian wine awareness growth in the UK”- said Giorgi Samanishvili, head of National Wine Agency, which cooperated with Sarah Abbott's “Swirl Wine Group” as local marketing contractor for Georgian wine promotion in the UK.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Georgian wine museum opens in China

21.09.2017. China is welcoming the opening of a new Georgian wine museum that will show the country’s 8,000-year-old history of winemaking, its culture and folklore to visitors.

‘Window to Georgia’ is the name of the Georgian wine museum that opened in Shangri-La Hotel located in the city of Yiwu in central Zhejiang province.

Visitors to the Georgian wine museum can see a large, ancient Georgian winemaking vessel qvevri, wine-related items and Georgian wine and vine varieties.

Georgian wine is distinguished by its uniqueness. We are glad to see growing demand on Georgian wine in China,” said Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili who attended the wine museum opening ceremony in China.

China remains one of the largest importers of Georgian wine. Between January and August 2017, over five million bottles of Georgian wine were exported to China, says the Georgian National Wine Agency. This is a 51 percent increase in comparison to the same time period in 2016. With these numbers, China takes second place as the largest importer of Georgian wine.

   
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

39 Georgian wines win at 2017's Decanter Asia Wine Awards

20.09.2017 (Hvino News). The 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA) results were officially announced. 39 Georgian wines have been awarded in this year's competition, including 2 Platinum, 1 Gold, 12 Silver. This result is better than last year in both in quantity and in quality of awards.

Full list of Georgian winners follows below:

Platinum:
  • Georgian Wines Saperavi 2015
  • Vaziani Company Makashvili Wine Cellar Khikhvi 2016

Gold:
  • Kakhuri Gvinis Marani, Manavi 2015

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Georgian wine hits Chinese wine store shelves

19.09.2017. For the first time ever, Georgian wine will be sold at the stores of Cheers Wines in the Chinese capital of Beijing reaching a market of 22 million consumers.

From today on, locals or guests living in Beijing will be able to buy Georgian wine at the stores of Cheers Wines, announced the Georgian National Wine Agency.

Cheers Wines is a Chinese wine import company headquartered in Beijing with partner stores throughout China.

In order to promote Georgian wine Cheers Wines will hold wine tasting events in its 45 stores, where all people will be invited to sample Georgian wine for free.

Cheers Wines was founded in China in 2008 by the Masueger family, originally from Switzerland, who had been in the wine business since 1898.

"The Drinks Business" published detailed report from a recent trip to Georgia

19.09.2017 (Hvino News). Last week Hvino News reported about Chinese wine professionals visiting Georgia. Now that tour already started to bear PR fruit, as The Drinks Business just published "Georgia in pictures" - a detailed account of  the Georgian trip prepared by the group's member.

Natalie Wang, online editor at The Drinks Business in Hong Kong, published a collection of over 20 slides from the trip, with her comments, "rounding up some pictorial highlights from her immersive trip to explore various indigenous grape varieties, its qvevri winemaking and its delicious traditional food".

Here is photo and a comment: "Archil [Guniava - HN] is showing the Krakhuna grape variety grown in his vineyards in Imereti region. One of the oldest grape varieties in Georgia, the white variety is predominately grown in Imereti in western Georgia. The grape is thick-skinned, resistant to frost – a common climate hazard in western Georgia – and is described as “crunchy” by the winemaker. The grape is often blended with other Imeretian varieties including Tsitska and Tsolikouri to make white wines". To see all  20 slides, go to source.

The London-based The Drinks Business is self-described as "global leading drinks trade publication, at the forefront of what is happening in the drinks industry."

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

First "Georgian Vintage" in France

16.09.2017 (Hvino News). Recently Giorgi Chkheidze, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, participated in the first "Georgian vintage" in Antibes, France.

Georgian winemaker and former rugby player Ilia Kakhoidze with French partner Gérard Germain planted a vineyard of Georgian varieties Mujuretuli and Kakhuri Mtsvane on a half hectare land at Juan les Pins, near Antibes, in the French Riviera (read more here: Corsican fan of Georgian wine)

According to the deputy minister, popularization of Georgian wine is crucial to maximizing its export potential.  In this regard, France is strategically important.

“We have come from Georgia with  qvevris, satsnakheli and all the traditional attributes that Georgian wine-makers and viticulturists use. We have also built a marani here. Everyone can come here because it is also a showroom”,- said Ilia Kakhoidze.

“With the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and National Wine Agency, Georgian wine producing companies take part in virtually all the prestigious exhibitions of international importance, which is a decisive factor for establishing Georgian wines in world markets. However, it should be noted that promotion of our wines by Georgian and French wine-makers in Antibes has different meaning. The ancient culture of Georgian viticulture and winemaking is clearly provided here”,- noted Giorgi Chkheidze.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Vintage in Kakheti entered active phase

15.09.2017 (Hvino News). During the 2017 vintage, Kakheti Region farmers have earned 32.2 mn GEL from sales of grapes to winemaking companies, according to National Wine Agency data.

As of September 14, companies have processed 29.7 thousand tons of grapes in Kakheti Region, including 12 000 tons of Rkatsiteli, 14.8 thousand tons of Saperavi, 1.2 thousand tons of Kakhuri Mtsvane.

According to municipalities,  situation is the following: Kvareli – 11,2 thousand tons,  Signaghi - 6 thousand tons, Telavi – 3,8 thousand tons, Gurjaani – 4,5 thousand tons, Dedoplistskaro – 2,1 thousand tons,  Akhmeta - 820 tons, Lagodekhi - 866 tons and Sagarejo - 396 tons.

Daily processing exceeded 4.2 thousand tons and this signifies the vintage has entered active phase in Kakheti Region. At this stage, the vintage coordination board has registered 157 winemaking companies, of which 79 ones are participating in the grapes processing.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Mayor Alain Juppe visited Georgian wine exhibition in Bordeaux

15.09.2017 (Hvino News). Bordeaux is hosting an exhibition called "Georgia, Cradle of Viticulture" at the world wine civilization centre Cité des Civilisations Du Vin today. Today Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe visited Georgian wine exhibition in Bordeaux.

Prime Minister Kvirikashvili said: "Wine is the major marker of Georgia’s national identity, just as ‘exquisite taste in everything’ is a big part of France’s national identity. I am very proud to be here and take part in this remarkable event. Today, in this Citadel of Winemaking, Bordeaux, we are celebrating the Cradle of Winemaking, Georgia. Eight thousand years is enough time to turn a leisurely activity into a critical element of national identity. And that’s exactly what happened with Georgia”.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Winery Khareba's chief winemaker on what makes the brand a winner

by Katie Ruth Davies

14.09.2017. Winery Khareba won the gold medal at the prestigious competition Mundus Vini International Wine Award 2017 in Germany for its Mukuzani Dry Red Wine (read more here)

Nearly 164 international wine experts from 41 countries judged wines from more than 150 wine growing regions all over the world in the globally recognized summer competition.

Georgia Today spoke to Vladimer Kublashvili, Chief Winemaker and Production Director at Winery Khareba, which was established in 1995.

“Winery Khareba works to maintain the unique vine culture and winemaking using both ancient methods and modern technologies; consequently, the Company produces high-quality wines,” Kublashvili tells us. “Winery Khareba produces over 35 different kinds of wine from the best Eastern and Western Georgian varieties of grape and contributes to the safeguarding of Georgia's unique culture of viticulture”.

Debra Meiburg leads Chinese wine professionals visiting Georgia

14.09.2017. (Hvino News) A group of wine importers and journalists from China is visiting Georgia for a week. Guests will see wine cellars and companies in Kartli, Kakheti, Imereti, Guria and Samegrelo.

The 13-member group is led by the wine master Debra Meiburg MW, who is the contractor of the Georgian National Wine Agency.

"I am once again in one of my favourite countries as I want to present Georgian wine to the Asian market. I want to introduce them to the culture that is behind [Georgian] wines, also the people, food and hospitality, character and history that makes these wines so special. I am excited that we are visiting the country during the grape harvest period and are able to taste grapes directly from the vineyards,” said Ms. Meiburg, - "It's wonderful to be in Georgia during the harvest, it's such an exciting moment, we can taste grapes from first hand, and really better understand the fruit strait from the vine to really better understand the skins and the flavours and everything that goes into making these wines so special."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GWS brings the Feast of Bacchus back to Georgia (where it belongs)

13.09.2017 (Hvino News) Yes, you read it correctly: the legendary Feast of Bacchus belongs to the ancient Georgia as rightfully as to the ancient Greece and Rome. The explanation lies in the history, when the Kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia were part of the Greek civilization, and the Argonauts could have searched for the Golden Fleece in the same valleys where GWS now gathers the crops for its wine production.

So it's not without reason that the winery GWS decided to revive Feast of Bacchus in today's Georgia, launching its new premium range TAMADA Grand Reserve in the refined atmosphere of unfading ancient classics. On September 9th, the legend came true on the GWS premises in Telavi, Kakheti, where nymphs and fawns mingled among VIP guests.

Monday, September 11, 2017

9 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2017 Summer Tasting

11.09.2017 (Hvino News). 9 Georgian wines have won top awards at prestigious competition Mundus Vini 2017 Summer Tasting in Germany. The awards were announced recently.

The Gold medals were awarded to:

2013 Mukuzani, Corporation Kindzmarauli ("Best of Show Georgia")
2016 Marani Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar
2014 Marani Mukuzani, Telavi Wine Cellar
2013 Marani Kondoli Vineyards Sami, Telavi Wine Cellar
2015 Mukuzani Kachetien, Shilda Winery
2014 Mukuzani, Winery Khareba
2013 Kvareli, Koncho&Co

The Silver medals were awarded to:

2014 Marani Kondoli Vineyards Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar
2014 Satrapezo Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar

Thursday, September 7, 2017

ICC Press Release Regarding Judge Vladimer Kakabadze

07.09.2017. On 8 September 2017 at 11.00, Tbilisi City Court will hear the case brought by Judge Vladimir Kakabadze against the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia Mr. Fady Asly.

In his claim Judge Kakabadze pretends that by accusing him of being corrupt, Mr. Asly has damaged his dignity and his reputation.

Judge Vladimir Kakabadze had issued two different rulings against Philip Morris and British American Tobacco penalizing them cumulatively for 138 million American Dollars based on a law that does not exist in Georgia. The Appellate Court later overturned his unlawful rulings after a broad local and international condemnation of his crooked decision.

On March 24, 2017 the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia had filed an official complaint against judge Kakabadze at the High Council of Justice requesting his full investigation.

Official: 8 months' data of wine and spirits export

07.09.2017 (Hvino News). According to official data, in January-August 2017, 45,3 million bottles (0,75l) of wine have been exported to 44 countries worldwide, that is 61% higher than the similar data of the last year. In the period under review, 100,3 million USD worth of wine have been exported, that is 55% higher than the data of previous year.

Top five importers are: Russia, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Poland.

“According to the export data of 8 months, wine export has grown by 61% compared to same period of previous year. Wine realization income has grown by 55%. Georgian wine sales has grown to EU, South-East Asia, USA and other countries, which is a result of coordinated work and well planed marketing activity of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Wine Agency and wine sector”- stated Giorgi Samanishvili, the head of National Wine Agency.

Winners of First International Competition of Qvevri Wine revealed

07.09.2017 (Hvino News). During the 4th International Symposium of Qvevri wine, The First International Competition of Qvevri Wine  was held at Ikalto Qvevri School-Academy.  150 wines from Georgia, France, Serbia, Slovenia and others countries competed for 22 Gold, 20 Silver and 29 Bronze Medals, which were awarded recently  at Ikalto Monastery Complex.

Gold medals were won by the following wines:

✔ Beroza Wine Cellar  Saperavi Dry Red 2015;

✔ Giuaani  Mtsvane Qvevri Dry White 2014;

✔ Binekhi  Saperavi of Qvevri Red Dry 2015;

✔ Binekhi  Mcvane Qvevri  Dry White  2015;

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Georgia looks East for its greatest wine hope

by Natalie Wang

05.09.2017. Riding on the back of strong Georgian wine export performance to China and a newly signed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, Georgian wines are racking up interest among trade professionals and consumers, bolstered by expected exemption of 14% import tariff on Georgian wines which could take effect as early as the end of this year.

“With the implementation of the China-Georgia Free Trade Agreement, where wines from Georgia will be granted 0% import tax, along with wider of initiatives as part of the Chinese government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, even stronger growth is predicted,” said Debra Meiburg MW, who has just hosted a Georgian Wine Festival event series across four Asian cities – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong – that showcased more than 80 Georgian wines.

Currently, the ancient winemaking country in the Caucasus has already become China’s 12th biggest wine importer, just behind Germany and ahead of Canada.

From January to July, China imported 3.08 million litres of wine from Georgia worth about US$10.87 million, representing a significant 126.2% jump in volume and 120.1% jump in value over the same period last year, according to figures from the China Association for Import and Exports of Wine & Spirits.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Georgian wines get top awards at Japan's international wine competition

31.08.2017 (Hvino News). Today the results of the Japan Wine Challenge 2017 (JWC) competition became known. This year 8 Georgian wines won the highest awards in Japan.

The top platinum medal and Regional Trophy went to Saperavi 2015 by Chigogidze Wines. The Vaziani Company won two gold medals and a Regional Trophy.

Natia Metreveli, CEO of Vaziani Company, commented to Hvino News: "This day is very special for our company. Vaziani Company wine from Makashvili Wine Cellar - Khikhvi (2016 Vintage) was awarded with Regional Wine Trophy (best Georgian white wine) and with the Gold Medal. Gold medal was also awarded to another qvevri wine - Mtsvane (2016 Vintage). As far as I know this is the first time when Georgian wine Khikhvi gets the highest award in international wine contests. It's very important that old and rare Georgian grape varieties are becoming more and more popular."

"I would like to kindly congratulate our colleagues from Chigogidze Wines with winning the highest award. We know that feeling how proud they would be and we wish more success to other Georgian companies in favor of Georgian wine development, " - added Vaziani's Natia Metreveli interviewed by Hvino News.

Full list of Georgian winemakers' awards:

Platinum:
  • Chigogidze Wines Saperavi 2015