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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Rtveli: harvesting grapes, Georgian style

by Tornike Kajrishvili

19.10.2014. Nobody knows when and how exactly the first grapevine was cultivated in Georgia, but earliest archaeological  evidence of viniculture that was discovered in Georgia dates back to 6,000 B.C. History of winemaking is tightly intertwined with history of Georgia, and our country is almost unanimously considered to be the birthplace of wine as such.


In some regions of Georgia, harvested grapes are still crushed using a wooden basin called satsnakheli. This method is centuries old, and used to have a ritualistic meaning back in the day. But grapes need to be harvested before they can be crushed. In Georgia, the grape harvest is called rtveli. It begins in autumn, by the end of September, and lasts for several weeks. Naturally, the time of harvest is also dependent on the grape variety and weather. To be frank, grapes are harvested when they are ripe. Due to 80 percent of Georgia’s vineyards being located in Kakheti, the eastern part of the country, this is the place where rtveli begins. The name itself stems from ancient Georgian stveli, meaning “fruit harvest.” Over time, “s” was replaced with “r” and the meaning was narrowed down to grapes, thus giving birth to “rtveli”.

NikoTsabashvili is the most famous winemaker in the Sighnaghi region. When it comes to wine, this man is a living fountain of ancient knowledge.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mtskheta’s church from 603 and a feast at Iago and Marina’s house

by Max Hartshorne

18.10.2014. Our day of travel and exploring across western Georgia began at the home and winery of Iago and Marina Bitarishvili in rural Mtskheta.

This consonant-heavy small town is also the home of one of the country's oldest churches, which was built high on a hill around the year 603. Seeing a church built in a year with three digits is pretty spectacular, as is the view from atop this protected sanctuary, which is also a World Heritage site. There are no stained glass in these Georgian churches, instead, the dusky brown exterior is punctuated with slits for windows. Georgians, we learned, were constantly having to defend their rights to be Christians and in all cases proved they would rather die than be forced to convert to Islam or any other faith.

Iago and Marina are winemakers who use the traditional qvevri, oblong clay pots sunken into the ground where the grapes, seeds and stems are all mashed together to age. Iago showed us how he stirred up his current batch of Chinuri grapes.

I asked him how he identifies which wine is which in the six subterranean qvevri and he answered "I have only one wine!" His white wine has the familiar amber color and rich body consistent with the other white wines we've tasted here.

You can enjoy a wonderful meal in their house by the fire if you call ahead, and our feast included the typical tomato/cuke salad, cheese bread triangles, and pork chunks cooked on their fire. In addition Marina brought out the bread she bakes herself, a crock of kidney beans simmered low and slow, some dreamy stuffed mushrooms and plenty of their fine wine.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A guide to orange wine

by Jeanette Hurt

15.10.2014. Not quite red and not quite white, orange wines draw from the world’s oldest winemaking processes—but they’re striking a fresh note with today’s curious oenophiles.

Aromas of apricot fruit tickle the nose, but a sip reveals heavier tannins, and a rich, almost velvety mouth-feel lingers. Not quite white and not quite red: Viniferous conundrum, thy name is orange.

“Orange wines are the new black,” says Shelley Lindgren, co-owner and wine director of San Francisco Bay–area SPQR and A16 restaurants. “The only problem is that they can be grossly misunderstood. There really is no definitive way to characterize orange wines, because they are essentially a white wine produced with a red-wine sensuality.”

The definition of orange wines has been debated frequently at forums like this year’s RAW wine fair in London. Fundamentally, their classification derives not from the type of grape used but from the winemaking process. Orange wines are white wines that are skin-fermented like reds. But unlike red wines, which are fermented for a period of 10 days to one month, orange wines can be fermented from two weeks to seven months.

“Orange wines have the freshness of whites with the structure of reds,” says John Wurdeman, owner of Pheasant’s Tears winery, which has vineyards in the Kakheti and Kartli regions of the country of Georgia. “So they can be compared to both white and red wines, but they are their own genre.”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From family tradition to export industry: Georgian wine hits the tables of Europe

by Kira Walker

“Everyone in Georgia makes wine. It’s our way of life, our tradition,” says Iago Bitarishvili, who runs a small organic wine-making operation in the mountainous Caucasian nation. It’s a way of life that’s about to become more profitable thanks to a free trade agreement that exempts Georgian wine from EU import tariffs.

Eight millennia of tradition go into a bottle of Georgian wine. Masters of the ancient Georgian method of producing wine in large underground clay vessels called qvevris, some producers have already carved out a niche in European markets. The free trade treaty, which came into effect on September 1, has given them a welcome boost.

The country’s small-scale vintners say that easier access to European Union markets will help them compete against inexpensive and established brands, at the same time as helping them improve the quality of their own produce.

Wine tourism is also on the rise as Georgia shakes off its post-Soviet image.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Inside natural wine’s new Eurasian boomtown

Photo: Krzystof Duda
By Alice Feiring

13.10.2014. Over the last decade, the Republic of Georgia—one of the world's oldest winemaking countries—has become an unlikely darling of the natural wine community. Alice Feiring visits the small hilltop town that's become ground zero for the rebirth of traditional Georgian winemaking.

When I told people that I was traveling to Georgia to learn more about their wine, the response was, invariably, a look of confusion. “Are there vineyards near Atlanta?”

“The country of,” I’d say. Then I’d clarify, “Bordered by the Caucasus mountain range, not the Blue Ridge.”

“Really? They make wine there?”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Georgia's envoy pursues ‘wine diplomacy’

by Philip Iglauer

12.10.2014. Georgian Ambassador in Seoul Nikoloz Apkhazava is pursuing wine diplomacy, hosting his fifth tasting event Tuesday since opening the country’s chancery in 2012.

Wine goes hand in glove in the popular imagination of diplomatic work but, for the Georgian envoy, it is also a down-to-earth policy objective of his posting in South Korea.

“Promoting Georgian wine is maybe even more of a cultural issue than simply an economic endeavor for the embassy,” he said in an interview with The Korea Herald during Tuesday’s wine tasting event in Seoul, adding that wine was fundamental to Georgia’s national identity.

The country’s name derives from a Greek word meaning “tiller of the land.” It was likely a description applied to the peoples inhabiting the territory between the Black and Caspian Seas by Bronze-age Greek and Phoenician traders who prized Georgian wine.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ancient wine cellar transformed into national museum

11.10.2014. An ancient wine cellar constructed almost half a century ago is being transformed into place where Georgian wine can be treasured and celebrated.

Head of the Georgian Government Irakli Garibashvili visited the wine cellar that would soon be transformed into Georgia’s National Wine Agency and Museum of Wine. He assessed the construction work and introduced the concept of the new building to others.

The new facility was formerly an ancient wine cellar that was built in 1962 when the world congress of wine was held in Georgia.

The wine cellar housed a diverse range of Georgian wine varieties. Officials said there were about 25,000 bottles of wine of various types, including one which was 107 years old.

Once the renovation has taken place, a large museum space will occupy the basement floor. Furthermore, inside the National Wine Agency will be professional development center, small and large conference halls, a cellar, a tasting hall and wine laboratory.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Somerset Palace Seoul offers Georgian wine tasting

10.10.2014. (Hvino News) . With the sponsorship of the Georgian Embassy in South Korea, Seoul's hotel Somerset Palace held a special tasting event featuring food and wine from Georgia in its rooftop garden last Tuesday. The hotel is located in the heart of Seoul’s diplomatic, business and financial districts.

Georgian Ambassador Nikoloz Apkhazava and more than 100 guests of the Georgian Embassy and Somerset Palace residents participated in the party.

The organizers noted that Georgia is known for its unique wine jars, which were buried to harness the same principles as Korea’s kimchi.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Seven rare wines of Georgia

by Cory Greenberg

09.10.2014. With the traditional wine harvest festival of Rtveli just behind us, this season’s grapes are engaged in their yearly pilgrimage from vine to cellar to bottle to glass, and finally to our blood stream. As the country’s most notable product, as well as an integral part of the culture, cuisine and society as a whole, any visitor, residence holder or native can attest there is a lot of wine making and drinking going on in Georgia.

However, despite the small geographic size of the country, there is an, almost unbelievable number and variety of grapes produced here. From rich dark reds, that appear jet black in a glass (and purple on your lips), to crystal clear whites that could act like a prism for light, and everything in between. Because of this, even seasoned oenophiles may find themselves slightly out of their depth when it comes to the nuances of certain vintages and varieties, as well as delicious food pairing that the wines may accentuate.

While I myself am not a noted wine enthusiast, I took upon my shoulders the atlasian job of relating to you some of the most unique types of Georgian wines available. As you might imagine, this meant I had the duty, the responsibility to imbibe as many different varieties of Georgian wine I could find on a Sunday afternoon, to achieve this end, I enlisted the help of the wine experts at Vinoteca on Leselidze [street name in Tbilisi - HN] who regaled me with their selection and expertise.

Around 80 percent of Georgian red wine is Saperavi, what I am going to focus on, are the wines that barely crack the 1 percent mark. Many of which are grown in only a handful of remote villages far from the Georgian wine heartland of Kakheti.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Official: Georgian wine export stats September 2014

08.10.2014 (Hvino News). According to the Georgian Wine Agency, from January 1 to September 30, Georgia exported 42.8 million 0.75 litre bottles of wine, with total value at $137 million USD to 39 countries across the world.Wine exports increased in both volume and value in the first nine months of the year.

Russia is the largets export destination with 27.9 million bottles, which was 65 percent of total exports. Ukraine was the second highest importer of Georgian wine, followed by Kazakhstan, Poland, Belarus, China, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Azerbaijan.

In particular, the volume of wine exported grew by 62 percent, while the value is higher by 64 percent compared to the same period of 2013.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Georgian Wine House: European wine importers in US join forces

Georgian Wine House's Mamuka
07.10.2014. Blue Danube Wine Company, a premier importer of fine wines from the “Danubia” region of Europe including Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, and, most recently, Georgia, is proud to announce its strategic partnership with Georgian Wine House of Washington D.C. The two companies will share expertise and knowledge with the purpose of strengthening market presence for both Georgian and “Danubian” wines.

“We are very happy to establish this relationship with Blue Danube Wine Company,” said Georgian Wine House owner Mamuka Tsereteli, “We have seen their dedication to countries of similar origin over the years and it’s a natural partnership.” He continued, “Working with Blue Danube not only means access to the important Californian market, but increased distribution in New York and other key US markets.”

The first key producers of this collaboration are Teliani Valley and Schuchmann. Teliani Valley is one of the top Georgian wine producers delivering great value wines made from indigenous grapes. The wines paint a clear picture of the country’s modern winemaking potential.

The wines from Schuchmann offer a spectrum of grape varietals and production methods. Modern, Western-style wines are labeled Schuchmann, reflecting the name of the German owner Burkhard Schuchmann, while the traditional method qvevri (amphora) wines are branded as Vinoterra. A true combination of history and innovation.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The economic potential of Georgian wine

by  Nino Mosiashvili, ISET

06.10.2014. Winemaking is one of the oldest Georgian traditions that have survived to this day. Archaeologists have proved that the history of Georgian wine production reaches back at into the past least 8000 years. Arguably, this makes Georgia the earliest place on earth where wine was produced. And the tradition is alive – today there are not just big wine firms, but it is common among ordinary Georgians to grow grapes and produce their own, home-made wine.

The great history of Georgian winemaking was acknowledged internationally. Since July 2012, Georgia has the exclusive right to sell wine in the European Union with the slogan “Cradle of Wine”.


Not many things produced in Georgia are so exclusive and special that they can compete in the luxury segment of the market. Wine is one of these products, and that is for good reasons, as both domestic and foreign experts agree that Georgian viticulture is unique in the world.

Firstly, Georgia offers an amazing variety of endogenous grapes. More than 500 endogenous kinds of grapes are cultivated in Georgia, which is 20% of all grape varieties which exist in the world!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Georgia’s record: Farmers earn 115m GEL by selling grapes

Prime Minister (right), Foreign Minister (left) and other 
Cabinet ministers making churchkhela, traditional 
Georgian snack made from nuts and grape juice.
Photo: Foreign Ministry's press office.
05.10.2014. Georgian farmers from the country's eastern area are enjoying the benefits of a bumper harvest after earning 115 million GEL by selling 155,000 tons of grapes this year.

The country’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili visited the Kakheti region - the leading production area of national wine - with cabinet members yesterday, where he participated in a traditional grape harvest.

The PM said the 2014 grape harvest was an "unprecedented event” as it was the first time "this huge amount” of money was earned by grape growers.

"The most important thing is that this is a great motivation that stimulates farmers. New vineyards have already been planted on the area of 4,000 hectares which indicates the motivation and wish of farmers to plant vineyards,” Garibashvili said.

"There are families that received 10, 20, 50 and 100 thousand GEL. This is a great help for their village," he said.

Wine Day celebrated by Prime Minister and marked by presentation of Saperavi wineglass

05.10.2014 (Hvino News). "It can be said without any exaggeration that the vine and wine are equal to identity of a Georgian man", Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said in Alaverdi Monastery, Kakheti region, on October  4, which was celebrated as the National Wine Day for the first time - at Prime Minister's initiative.

Mr. Garibashvili noted that Georgian wine will become country's image product and that each Georgian will be proud of that product. According to him, the boundless love and devotion to vine is truly unique in Georgia.

While the cabinet ministers led by Prime Minister went to Kakheti, another celebration took place in Tbilisi Marriott hotel, which hosted a presentation of the first wineglass made  by Austria's Riedel specifically for Saperavi wine.

The event was organized by the Georgian Sommelier Association and National Wine Agency, and attended by the capital’s Mayor, Davit Narmania.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wine of Freedom to symbolize independence of Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine

04.10.2014 (Hvino News). A winery in Moldova today launches Purcari Freedom Blend, also known as "Wine of Freedom". The event will occur on Saturday, October 4, in the Great National Assembly Square, on the national Wine Day.

"Wine of Freedom" is a limited edition wine, consisting of 3 grape varieties: Rara Black (Moldova), Bastardo (Ukraine) and Saperavi (Georgia), which come to celebrate the independence of the three states.

According to press release, the "Wine of Freedom" symbolizes that in 2011, when Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia celebrated 20 years of independence, there was an exceptional harvest in Moldova.

More than 2,000 tourists from all over the world made reservations to take part in 13th National Wine Day in Moldova.

On the same day - October 4 - the national Wine Day is also celebrated in Georgia, for the first time this year, after Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili proposed the idea last February.

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Georgia celebrates inaugural National Wine Day on October 4

04.10.2014. Georgian wine will be honoured throughout the country today as the nation celebrates Georgian Wine Day.

This year is the first year Georgia’s traditional drink will have its own day after Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili proposed the idea in February at the presentation of the Wine Culture Research Project at Georgia’s National Museum.

From this year and looking ahead, Georgian Wine Day will be celebrated annually on October 4.

Garibashvili said Georgian wine had an international reputation and people around the world were impressed with the high quality and unique taste of Georgian wine.

"Georgian wine, made in special wine vats, astonishes the world and it is becoming more and more popular. It is not accidental that the Georgian wine [qvevri] was granted the status of cultural monument by UNESCO,” he said.

Today, various events dedicated to Georgian Wine Day will be held in Kakheti, in eastern Georgia, which is the leading production area of national wine.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The first national Day of Georgian wine will be celebrated on October 4

03.10.2014 (Hvino News). The national Day of Georgian Wine will be celebrated for the first time on  Saturday October 4th, at the suggestion if  Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

Together with his cabinet ministers, Mr. Garibashvili will go to the region of Kakheti on Saturday to take part in the festivities in connection with the first Day of Georgian Wine.

According to the press service of the Prime Minister, the celebrations will be held in the Alaverdi Monastery complex. The head of government, together with representatives of the cabinet will take part in the harvest in Kvareli district and visit the Kvareli Tunnel (an underground wine repository). Mr. Garibashvili will also attend a horse race and deliver a speech.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking prefers Chinese market

02.10.2014. (Hvino News). "The Chinese market is potentially more interesting for us than the European," – said Zurab Chkhaidze, director of Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW), as quoted by Georgian FM station Commersant.

According to Mr. Chkhaidze, the company has been exporting its products to the Chinese market for four years and sales are growing by about 30% every year. At this stage KTW exports to China about 200-300 thousand bottles of wine. Mr. Chkhaidze suggests that this number will increase in the near future.

As for the European market, Zurab Chkhaidze notes that the company has already produced a small amount of exports to several European countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Austria and Germany.

The work on expansion is going on and Chkhaidze suggests that the company will become more active in the European market next year.

"We’ve always stated that there is a traditional wine production in Europe, and Georgian companies need some time to occupy their place in the European market . Therefore, we do not expect such rapid and significant results, " - Zurab Chkhaidze adds.

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