Monday, March 31, 2014

Are interruptions in Georgia’s wine export economic warfare?

31.03.2014. There are interruptions in the export of wine from Georgia to Belarus, although formally the export is not stopped.

The sale of wine to Ukraine and Russia is continuing without any restrictions, according to Levan Davitashvili, head of Georgia’s National Wine Agency.

Media in Belarus have reported that Georgian wine is disappearing from the shelves not only in shops and supermarkets, but also from specialist shops.

Some people expect Russia to create obstacles for Georgia as a means to scare the country into not signing a treaty with the EU, especially on the historical background of the Russian wine embargo introduced in 2006.

After the change of government in Georgia, this embargo was lifted and export of wine to Russia was resumed.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The excitement continues at the International Wine Tourism Conference

by Rowena Dumlao-Giardina

29.03.2014. This morning, the 6th Annual International Wine Tourism Conference was opened by Anthony Swift, IWINETC Director and Shalva Pipia, Minister of Agriculture of Georgia to welcome everyone attending the 2-day conference in the packed ballroom of Tbilisi Marriott Hotel.

The first icebreaker session was delivered by Giorgi Sigua of Georgian National Tourism Administration and Levan Davitashvili of the National Wine Agency as they discussed Georgia being the Cradle of Wine in their enjoyable and informative speeches.

Both speakers spoke highly of the importance of wine which is deeply embedded in their culture through religion, arts, poetry, polyphonic songs, architecture, alphabet, script and even in their money. Georgia has the oldest history in wine making that dates back 8,000 years ago. The method of which is through fermentation and storage of wine underground in egg-shaped earthenware vessels called qvevri, which has been declared by UNESCO as a significant intangible cultural heritage.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wine is in the top-3 list of the export products

29.03.2014 (Hvino News). Geostat informs that in January-February 2014 export wines of natural grapes with $32 million value have been exported from Georgia. It is 4 times more than in the same period of last year.

According to data of National Wine Agency, in 2 months of the year 9 990 387 bottles of wine have been exported. Top-5 list of Georgian wine's export market looks like following: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland and Latvia. Russia is a leader with 68% share.

Motorcars remain number first export product of Georgia with $77 million and 18% of the total export. Compared to the same period of last year, motorcars export has reduced by $5,4 million. Ferric alloys rank second with export of $57 million ($10,7 million more than in January-February 2013).

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There are some obstacles in exporting wine to Belarus - Levan Davitashvili

29.03.2014. Levan Davitashvili, Chairman of the National Wine Agency, says the import of Georgian wine has not been suspended in Belarus, though there are some obstacles. According to him, negotiations have already been launched with regard to the obstacles.

‘In Belarus wine import has not been banned. There are some obstacles related to specific procedures with regard to wine importers. Georgia exported more that million and a half bottles of wine in 2013. A week ago the Belarusian delegation was in Tbilisi and the issue of obstacles was discussed with them. In a week the Georgian delegation will visit Belarus and I hope this issue will be decided at the governmental level and the obstacles will be soon taken away’, Levan Davitashvili said.

Information about suspension of the import of Georgian wine in Belarus was spread by local media. They said Georgian wine had been gradually disappearing in shops, markets and even in special alcohol shops.


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Friday, March 28, 2014

IWINETC Day 1 round up: Excitement increases for Georgian wines & tourism

28.03.2014. After a very tense and dangerous bus ride less than two miles from the hotel, only to have to walk the last 100 meters of the way on a side street, our first official visit was to the only wine bar in Tbilisi called Vino Underground Wine Bar & Shop. As its name suggests, this is an underground cellar that was converted into not only a wine bar, but also a small and delightful wine shop that brings to Tbilisi some of the best natural wines of Georgia.

Owned and operated by seven small Georgian wineries, here one can find a wide variety of wines representing the different wine regions of Georgia. The vast majority of wineries of Georgia are very small. But there is a movement for some of these wineries to work together to improve wine quality and awareness.

From traditional Georgian qvevri to western stainless steel styled wines, from fresh and light whites to fuller bodied and savory orange (or amber) wines, our host, John Wurderman and a few of his fellow Georgian wine makers gave us a most well rounded introduction with a very well prepared tasting of Georgian wines to be discovered during the International Wine Tourism Conference in Tbilisi this weekend.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Georgian vine in the US

by Rezo Kvatchrelishvili

27.03.2014. Promotion of Georgian grape varieties in the US is associated with the name of Konstantin Frank of German origin, who obtained his Ph.D. in viticulture and wine-making from Odessa Polytechnic University, later worked in Georgia (most likely in Samtrest and its vineyards) and left for the United States in the beginning of the 50-s.

After arriving in the US, Dr. Frank worked at the agricultural experiment nursery of Cornell University, NY, and then consulted for one of the wineries in the area. Since 1962 he founded his own wine company, where he started planting of the European vitis vinifera grape varieties, including Rkatsiteli and Saperavi.

Throughout his career, Dr. Frank tried to prove that the high quality grapes could be grown on the East Coast of America, even under the strict climate conditions of the Finger Lakes AVA of New York. His grandson – Frederic Frank – current owner of the wine company notes that his grandfather was convinced of the potential to grow Saperavi and Rkatsiteli. At the moment Vinifera Wine Cellars owns up to 4 hectares of Rkatsiteli and 0.5 hectares of Saperavi vineyards.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Georgian wine "Search Box" is available for websites

Hvino.com, Georgia’s business news and information portal specializing in wine industry and tourism, has recently started the first online Georgian Wine Catalogue. Georgian Wine Catalogue is a buying guide targeted at international audience interested in Georgian products, which provides independent rating of Georgian wines.  Currently the Catalogue lists all the Georgian wines, which either have won gold medals at the world’s largest international contests, or have been rated by leading international wine rating institutions. On April 1 the Catalogue will be officially opened to general public. 

Today Georgian Wine Catalogue released its "Search Box". This free tool allows to search the database directly from any website. Search Box is available in a several designs. Enhance your website by placing the Georgian Wine Catalogue interactive Search Box on your pages:

Horizontal Search Box
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The source HTML codes for your websites can be found at http://cat.hvino.com/p/options.html.

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Georgian wine delights at ProWein 2014

26.03.2014. German wine enthusiasts are enjoying the unique taste of Georgian wine at the ProWein International Trade Fair for Wines and Spirits.

Sixteen Georgian Wine companies participated in the March 23-25 event, which boasted more than 4,500 exhibitors from 48 countries.

The ProWein fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, is one of largest wine fairs in Europe as it gathers winegrowers, winemakers and trade professionals from around the world.

The fair is an important event for Georgian wine producers to showcase their local brews and to establish new contacts, find potential customers and learn about the latest technologies and services.

Attending and being involved in the fair is also an important marketing opportunity where negotiations are held between exporters and distribution companies.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Two Western Georgian wine tastings turn into "supras"

Photo: winetrailtraveler
A supra is an important event in Georgia. It combines food, wine and people. The leader of a supra is a tamada. The tamada makes toasts, then everyone drinks. A tamada is not resigned to just one toast, but may make several toasts. Our last two wine tastings in Western Georgia turned into supras.

Our tasting at Dadiani Old Cellar in Salkhino consisted on two wines and chacha. The wines were a 2012 and 2013 Ojaleshi. This winery is run by Orthodox monks. During the tasting there were several toasts made. As soon as your clay vessel ran low on wine, it was filled. There was a small  qvevri in the center of the table, so an abundance of wine was available to drink. Different foods were set on the table. We toasted God, the visitors, love among others. Conversation flowed even though Georgian had to be translated. Wine, food and friends is a magical combination.

Our next day we visited Lado Shavishili’s Wine Cellar in Keda. Lado conducted our tasting in the tasting room. Afterwards he asked which wines we enjoyed the most. He took those wines and chacha and proceeded to an outdoor table area that was set up for a Supra. Lado’s wife brought several plates of food for us to sample while he kept our wine glasses full. Lado started the supra with a toast to God. We then drank chacha and Lado confirmed that the men were drinking chacha correctly while the women needed to work on there chacha drinking skills.

Kyrgyzia discusses protection of Kindzmarauli and Khvanchkara

25.02.2013. Chairman of the National Service for Intellectual Property and Innovation of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzpatent) Marat Nazarbekov met with Georgian Ambassador Zurab Pataradze, the press service of the agency reported.

The sides discussed issues of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Georgia in the field of intellectual property, as well as the use of Georgian brands of “Kindzmarauli” and “Khvanchkara” by Kyrgyz wine producers.

The Ambassador, in particular, said that Kyrgyzstan sells fake Georgian wine products.

Marat Nazarbekov explained that these wine names have not been registered at Kyrgyzpatent and asked the Ambassador to notify the rights holders to apply for registration as soon as possible to ensure relevant protection in Kyrgyzstan.

The sides also agreed to continue close cooperation to prevent the spread of counterfeit wine production.


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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Inspiration for the book "Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine"

23.03.2014. What inspired us to write a book about the country Georgia and its connection with wine? Different experiences at different times provided sparks of inspiration. Several years ago, Kathy and Terry decided that, “If we are going to write about wine, we should make wine.” That idea sprang into action in 2008, the year we made three wines at home. The following year, we were making wine at a winery in Virginia and a winery in Maryland. We have continued to make wine ever since. Inspired by our success, we wanted to learn more about winemaking. We took online winemaking courses through Washington State University and attended several winemaking and wine growing conferences. In September 2013, we were offered the opportunity to help make wine in the country Georgia. All of these varied  experiences provided us with the knowledge we needed to write the chapter about winemaking in Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine.

At the International Wine Tourism Conference (IWINETC) in Perugia, Italy in 2012 the country of Georgia caught our attention and a book idea began fermenting in our minds. Terry attended a presentation by Ia Tabagari about Georgian wines and winemaking techniques. She showed photos of qvevris. We had seen our first qvevri at Vinopolis in London in 2007. After the presentation Ia asked if the group had any questions. Terry raised his hand and asked a winemaking question, “How do you clean a qvevri?” Perhaps the most important thing we learned about winemaking is cleaning, so for us this was a logical question. Ia explained to the attendees how winemakers in Georgia use a brush made of cherry bark to clean the inside of a qvevri. The idea of cleaning with a cherry bark brush was so unique, it piqued our curiosity. We just had to learn more and write about the wines and winemaking in Georgia.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ukraine - Russia's conflict not reflected in export of Georgian wine

22.03.2014. Regardless of the latest strain in Ukraine-Russia relations, Georgian wine exports to these countries don’t face problems so far. Wine producing companies told Georgian Commersant  radio that at this point export to Ukraine and Russia is in progress.

However, Tbilvino's director speaks about delays in certain areas of Ukraine. According to Giorgi Margvelashvili, sales have declined in some regions and partners have problems with timely transfer of money. As for the Russian market, Margvelashvili notes that political events in Russia have not had an impact either on sales or financial transfers. Tbilvino sells 20% of products in Russia and 10% - in Ukraine. Apart from the post-Soviet states, the company's wines are sold in Europe.

Telavi Wine Cellar says that exports to Russia and Ukraine are carried out smoothly. As chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company Zurab Ramazashvili says, pre-order is accepted from these countries. Ramazashvili hopes that the process will continue in the usual way and export of Georgian wine will not be endangered. Telavi Wine Cellar exports to Russia 30% and to Ukraine 20% of total exports. The company's products are sold in 22 countries, including the former Soviet Union and the countries of Europe, America, Japan and China.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Georgian wine export tripled

by Nino Patsuria

21.03.2014. Georgian wine export tripled in the months January and February of this year compared to the same period in 2013. According to Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, wine export experienced 296% growth in the reported period as 50 Georgian wine-producing companies exported 9 990 397 bottles of wine to 18 countries. Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland and Latvia make up the top five export markets of Georgian wine in the reported period. However the growth is largely credited to the Russian market that leads the top export markets list by 68%.

Sector pundits are on alert because the Russian market is estimated to be a risky market for Georgia due to political tensions between the two countries which already taught the Georgian wine industry a lesson when Georgian agriculture export to Russia was banned in 2006. As a consequence, Georgian wine export which was tied to the Russian market plummeted dramatically by almost 90%. 57 million bottles of wine were exported in the pre-embargo period from Georgia and 52 million out of the figure went to Russia. After a diversification of export markets, the Georgian wine export hardly recovered to 22 million bottles per year by 2012.

Wine Review - 2011 Tblivino Rkatsiteli: Light and crisp white from the republic of Georgia

21.03.2014. We purchased this wine a while ago at a Cristall Wine Merchants. We were talking to a former staffer who gave us some insight on how these Georgian wines came to Nova Scotia [Canada - HN] and how expensive it was to get them here.  Having to have the wines shipped from Georgia to Germany then on to Canada.  That said, they retailed for less than $20 so it would be interesting to know the wholesale price.

The bottle is dark so we incorrectly assumed that would be a golden or amber wine.  In fact, this is a very light colour wine, it borders on clear with a little fizz in the bottom of the glass.  Really interesting look to the wine made even more surprising by lack of colour.  It is so watery that there are no legs in the glass and it more comes down in a sheet.

The overwhelming notes are peaches and lavender.  It is not a super complex wine from the bouquet side of things but Shannon thought it had a strong nose and I thought it was quite soft.  Neither one of us had a cold so it was a strange scenario.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The head of NATO Liaison Office in Georgia sits on ICC-Georgia Consultative Board

19.03.2014. The Georgian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce, ICC-Georgia is pleased to announce that the Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia, Mr. William Lahue, has become a member of its Consultative Board.  "This is a very positive step to further the improvement of the business and economic climate in Georgia through having NATO permanently informed and involved in our activities, this will give NATO increased awareness of business and economic issues helping them better understand the realities on the ground to make well informed decisions, " said Fady Asly, Chairman of ICC-Georgia.  The NATO Liaison Office Staff will be also be involved in other ICC- Georgia activities as well.

The ICC Consultative Board is the only body of its kind in the business community in Georgia, consisting of eight ambassadors and three major international financial institutions.  The purpose of the Consultative Board is to bring together members of the diplomatic and business communities on a quarterly basis to discuss the business and investment climate in the country.  The issues raised are subsequently advocated to the government through a multi-pronged approach by the ICC stakeholders to effect positive change in the business and investment climate.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ICC Georgia sends off first group of interns

17.03.2014. ICC Georgia is proud to announce its first group of Youth Members to be accepted to internships.   Four members of the ICC Georgia Youth Project were accepted by Rustavi 2 to work as a project team on a “Technology Study” project.  This is an outstanding opportunity for the members and they have been awarded an opportunity to distinguish themselves and jumpstart their careers as young professionals.

The Youth Project members that won this opportunity were Nazi Jincharadze, from International Black Sea University, specializing in Business Management.  The second is Tea Kelbaqiani, from Free University, specializing in Business Administration.  The third is Kate Tartarashvili, from Grigol Robakidze University, specializing in Business Administration.  The fourth is Mamuli Salakaia, from International Black Sea University, specializing in Industrial Engineering.  If you or anyone you know between the age of 26 is also interested in such opportunities provided from ICC Georgia’s Youth Project, please contact Marika Vallner at m.vallner@icc.ge.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Official: Georgia's wine export statistics for February 2013

14.03.2014 (Hvino News) According to the Georgian Wine Agency total of 5,953,295 (0.75 L) bottles of wine was exported to 18 countries in February, 2014. The overall export as of February amounted to 9,990,387 (0.75L) bottles, a 296% increase on the similar index in 2013.

Russia was the biggest buyer of Georgian wines in January-February 2014. The National Wine Agency  reported  that Georgia’s wine export to Russia amounted to 6,865,545 bottles of wine (0.75 liter bottles), which accounted for 68% of the Georgian wine export.

Aside from Russia, the top five buyers of Georgian wines include Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland and Latvia.

Georgia exported 47 million bottles of wine to 46 countries in 2013. Out of this number, 23 million bottles, or about 49% of the entire export, went to Russia. Georgia exported only 23, 340,000 bottles of wine in 2012.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Welcome to Sovok*: Georgia at Moscow's Prodexpo fair

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by Nukri Kurdadze

13.03.2014. In February each year Moscow hosts Prodexpo, international exhibition of alcohol drinks and food products, with participation of distributor-importers as well as producers from various countries around the globe. Popularity of this exhibition has fallen significantly over the past years, as there are less and less large international corporations present, while regional business representatives visit more frequently. This exhibition is an interesting opportunity to study the market, while spectrum of products presented gives a good overview of new tendencies.

Exhibition held on February 10-14, 2014 was especially interesting in terms of studying perspectives and issues associated with Georgian wine. It’s not only about number of contracts signed by distributors, but also about looking at the overall presence of Georgian wine, which would enable me to judge marketing strategies selected by Georgian producers to enter Russian market.

It was predictable and nice to see producers like Telavi Wine Cellar, Khareba, Kvareli Wine, Tamada and Dzveli Tbilisi by GWS, Badagoni, Tavadze Wine, Tbilvino, Viniveria, Chateau Mukhrani, Sarajishvili (please forgive me for incomplete list). Booths decorated according to international standards, large variety of products and professionalism of personnel made good impression and indicated innovative changes that took place in Georgian wine industry for the past 5-6 years. We can call this group “innovative producers”, as they are already successful entrepreneurs and I am sure they are able to develop their business on a Russian market as well. They have everything needed to achieve this goal: high quality wine, high demand and expectation, labels branded according to international marketing standards and correct pricing policy ranging from 300 to 3,000 Russian Rubles and covers average, premium and prestigious price segments. It was a pleasant fact that this assortment included a large portion of the last two segments. As I inquired price of Khvanchkara, it turned out it cost 1,100 Russian Rubles (approx. $35) and it is sold so quickly that they often lack stock.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Askaneli Brothers has temporarily suspended export to Ukraine

11.03.2014 (Hvino News). Due to depreciation of Ukrainian currency hryvnia, company Askaneli Brothers has temporarily suspended wine export to Ukraine.

One of the founders of the company Jimi Chkaidze states that currently new batch of the wine is not sent to Ukraine, although there are still reserves on the place and distribution in the country is going in the usual mode.

"We are optimistic, we hope that situation will be improved soon and we will resume export as soon as the currency is stabilized", - Jimi Chkhaidze states.

He says that currently export to Russia is carried out smoothly. From June of the current year the company starts wine export to Canada as well. Tvishi and Kindzmarauli of Askaneli Brothers won 2 tenders announced by Canadian state enterprise LSBO.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Introduction to wines of Racha

by Malkhaz Kharbedia

I can say that I’ve been acquainted with grape-growing and wine-making traditions of this region since childhood. 2-3 times a year we would visit Zeda (upper) Shavra village of Racha, my mother’s homeland. Our vineyards with Tsolikouri, Rachuli Dzvelshavi and Aleksandrouli grape varieties were located in Kveda (lower) Shavra, while we made wine in our own cellar, traditional wine press (Satsnakheli) and poured the juice in Churi (clay pots) in the ground under a small pavilion. Sometimes we sent back the juice in the wine press and left for final fermentation.

It is because of Valiko Dvali, my grandfather that vine and wine has become an important part of my life. My first lessons came from Racha wines and therefore, before I tasted wines of Kakheti, clay pots of Imereti or branded wines of 80-ies, my views of Georgian wines in general came from Racha wine standpoint.

Racha covers large portion of Ambrolauri district as well as Oni district. Vineyards are mainly located in the gorge of Rioni river, on its left and right banks (better quality vines are produced on the southern slopes of the latter). In lower Racha the most important is “Khvanchkara” micro-zone. On paper it covers village Tsesi all the way to Kvishara, but in reality, this area is much smaller. Main villages are Sadmeli, Gviara, Bostana, Didi Chorjo, Patara Chorjo, Meore Tola, Pirveli Tola, Chrebalo, and others. In terms of soil, Racha mainly has humus-carbonate and clay soils as well as limy soil, flint mixed with clay and sand with clay. These types of soils even have special names (Tiri-soil, Lisi-soil, Khorkhi-soil, Akhalo-soil, etc). The climate is humid enough, with average cold winters and hot, relatively dry summer.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Does Georgian wine face threats in Ukraine?

07.03.2014. Wine companies speak about risks they face in Ukraine. According to Schuchmann Wines'  Nutsa Abramishvili, political situation became more complicated and the market is unpredictable in Ukraine, however, export of wine from Georgia does not face problems at this stage.

In her words, the company's distribution partner has not informed them about the possible problems with export in Ukraine and they do not think about the reduction of volume of exports. Along with that, in Abramishvili’s opinion, if the processes in Ukraine don’t stabilize, it will badly impact the Georgian economy. Schuchmann Wines sells 25% of export products in Ukraine.

Telavi Wine Cellar also speaks about risks associated with the Ukrainian market. According to Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company, there is a danger associated with the Ukrainian market , but so far no practical impact in terms of the delivery has observed. Zurab Ramazashvili says that sales of wine are stable in Ukraine. He says if the processes in Ukraine don’t stabilize and the situation turns into unmanageable, it will create problems not only to them but also to all countries having trade relations with Ukraine. 15-20% of exports of  Telavi Wine Cellar go to Ukraine.

Source (edited)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Georgian wine gains in Russia

05.03.2014. The Georgian wine’s return to the Russian market has exceeded all expectations: within six months it has reached fourth position among the top ten wine importers in the country. In spite of the pessimism of the former sanitary head of the Russian Federation, Gennadiy Onishchenko, that Georgian wine would not be able to take more than 1% of Russia’s wine market – though it had dominated before the embargo - Georgian wine now covers 2.42%.

According to Levan Davitashvili, head of the National Wine Agency of Georgia, Georgian wine that returned to the Russian market in June 2013 follows imports from France, Italy and Spain. Previously the wine was in a lower price category, but now sells for 8 to 40 USD per bottle.

Davitashvili has been optimistic from the very outset, believing in the high competitive power of Georgian wine and predicting that no less than 10 million bottles would be exported by the end of 2013 to Russia. But the result exceeded all expectations: 23 million bottles.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marani Georgian restaurant opens in London

by Catherine Hanly

Opening its doors today in Mayfair is Marani a family run restaurant hoping to introduce Londoners to the joys of Georgian cooking. And just in case you were thinking, 'What MORE shrimp and grits?" we mean Georgia over by the Black Sea, not the American deep South.

Taking over the space that was Tempo on Curzon Street, Marani's 'thing' is supra which (using Wikipedia) we discovered is apparently a traditional Georgian feast. Chef Tekuna Gachechiladze will take traditional dishes as his inspiration but give them a lighter touch. So there'll be Khinkali dumplings (knobs of dough with spiced meat), Khachapuri cheese bread and spiced broths as well as slow-cooked stews, skewered meats from the mangal grill and a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.

Dishes they're particularly proud of include Xinkali soup (spicy broth with dumplings), Elarji balls (polenta with cheese served with a spicy almond baje dipping sauce) and Lamb Chakapuli (slow cooked lamb with plums and tarragon).

National Wine Agency: Danger of presence of GMOs in the Georgian wine is minimal

04.03.2014 (Hvino News). The issue of verification of Georgian wine for  presence of genetically modified organisms was commented by director of the National Wine Agency Levan Davitashvili. According to him, probability that wine with the content of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) exists in the world is quite high, but with regard to Georgia it is minimal, because the Georgian manufacturers use high grade yeast.

"Wine is considered genetically modified when genetically modified yeast is used during the production.In Georgia, a lab which checks products for the presence of such substances, has been recently opened and accordingly, Georgian wine can also be checked if necessary. I am far from thinking that in Georgia such wine is produced, but if the issue arises, it will be easy to check it out,"- said Mr. Davitashvili.

This issue became urgent after a Russian media reported that 65% of Moldovan wine contained GMOs.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Georgia raises prices for wine exports

04.03.2014. Most Georgian wine companies have already raised the prices of their exports. Production prices have risen since the end of 2013, and it affected the main export markets.

"Prices rose only for red wine, and this is caused by  increase in product demand and a rise in price of grapes in Georgia. Export wine has risen in price by 10-20%, but in Georgia prices have not changed," Business Georgia quotes Georgi Margvelashvili, general director of Tbilvino.

Schuchmann Wines also raised export prices 10-15%. According to its CEO Nutsa Abramishvili, the reason is the same - growth in demand and the rise in price of raw materials.