About 350 guests attended the wine-tasting event, including Georgian Ambassador to France HE Ms. Ekaterine Siradze-Delaunay, Director General of the OIV Mr. Jean-Marie Aurand, President of the National Wine Agency of Georgia Mr. Giorgi Samanishvili. The Ambassador recalled that Georgia, the heart of the Caucasus, was one of the cradles of world viticulture. For millennia the vine are grown in ideal climatic and geological conditions. The oldest seed, collected in several points of the country dates back to at least eight thousand years BC. Now in Georgia 525 indigenous grape varieties are grown.
Mr. Giorgi Samanishvili of National Wine Agency emphasized that wine is a part of the culture and an asset for Georgia. "The vine is everywhere, it is deeply rooted in the everyday life of Georgian, in poetry, painting, architecture", - he noted.
Seven Georgian wine companies participated in the promotion event in Paris: Telavi Wine Cellar, Schuchmann Wines, Chateau Mukhrani, Tbilvino, Khareba, Chelti, and Teliani Valley.
Based in France, International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) deals with technical and scientific aspects of viticulture and wine-making.
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