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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Olaf Malver: "We need to produce good wine - no matter if in clay jar, a former communist cement tank, or a shiny Italian steel container". Exclusive interview of Hvino News with owner of Danieli Winery

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30.03.2016. (Hvino News). "We need to produce good wine - no matter if in clay jar, a former communist cement tank, or a shiny Italian steel container", - says Olaf Malver.

Today Hvino News continues to publish its series of exclusive interviews with leaders of Georgia’s winemaking industry. Our guest today is Mr. Olaf Malver, owner of Danieli Winery. He kindly agreed to answer our questions.

We suggest starting the interview with a brief business outline. Can you tell us several facts about your company today?

Danieli Winery Ltd. is a new wine producer located in Western Kakheti, Eastern Georgia. We started 5 years ago and our first vintages are from 2013.

Our main focus is to grow and market our own varieties and we at this point only produce Georgian varietals using modern European fermentation methodology, i.e. process controlled stainless steel fermentation and maturation in oak. Our estate is about 30 hectares of old and new vineyards around the village of Argokhi  Map , and we produce wines from Kisi, Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, and Mtsvane varieties. Our pride is our Kisi vineyards - the Argokhi location is recognized to be the best terroir in Georgia for growing this upcoming white wine grape and we own 65% of all Kisi vineyards in that Kisi terroir.

So far, the quality of our wines has been very well received, both here and abroad. We already export to Scandinavia, the US and the Far East. Our aim is to grow slowly and sustainably - while keeping a superior quality and develop long lasting relationships with our staff, industry colleagues in Georgia and sales channels here and abroad. At this point, we make 30 - 40.000 bottles/year and we aim to grow to a production ceiling of 100.000 - 140.000 bottles/year.

What made you enter into the world of wine?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Georgia takes part in Chinese trade fair CFDF, joins campaign against ‘copycats’ wines

29.03.2016. Fifteen Georgian wine companies participated at the biggest food and wine fair in China, the 94th annual Chengdu Food and Drinks Fair (CFDF) this month,  with an official promising "increased censorship” to stamp out copycat wine producers.

This year the fair, opened on March 24, hosted 3,000 exhibitors of the food and drinks business from 40 countries including Georgia.

Organisers said the qualifications of the Chengdu Food and Drinks Fair exhibitors were "strictly checked” and they signed agreements to protect intellectual properties and to obey related laws and regulations. This was done to tackle "copycats” of famous wines this year.

Georgian wine exhibitors said they were proud to be part of the campaign against the copycat wine makers.

The 15 Georgian wine companies who took part in the CFDF 2016 were: Telavi Wine Cellar, Tbilvino, Batono, Teliani Valley, Dugladze Wine Company, Askaneli Brothers, Georgian Wine House, Shalvino, Bagrationi 1882, Winery Khareba, Qimerioni, Tiflisi Marani, Vaziani, Corporation Kindzmarauli and Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking. [Last year only 10 companies from Georgia took part in CFDF, see: 10 Georgian wine producers take part in China Food & Drink Fair in Chengdu - HN]

Monday, March 28, 2016

Announcement on the meeting held by Georgian Wine Club

28.03.2016. On Tuesday, March 29, the Georgian Wine Club invites the guests to the information/workshop-type meeting – named as “New Wine Festival 2016”.

The above mentioned festival organizers will meet with the wine companies, the representatives of large and small cellars, family wineries’ representatives, the media, club members, guests, interested parties.

The meeting will take place 29 March 2016, at the Public Library, on the 3rd floor, at 19:00. Address: Gudiashvili Street 7/10. Attendance is free.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

International tourism exhibition exposes Georgia as the best wine direction

26.03.2016. Georgia was named as the best wine direction at the Berlin international tourism exhibition - ITB Berlin. Moreover, Taleb Rifai, head of the UN World Tourism Organization, handed over a special award to the national tourism administration of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

At the ITB 2016 nineteen private companies and state organizations were represented from Georgia jointly with the national tourism administration.

According to the national tourism administration, at the exhibition meetings were held with international marketing and promotion agencies, reporters, bloggers, tourism service suppliers, tour operators and organizers of various exhibitions

More than 120 000 visitors attended the world’s one of the largest tourism exhibitions. The ITB 2016 hosted representatives of 187 countries.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dugladze wine label design ranks first in a recent Top 10 line-up

23.03.2016 (Hvino News). The Dieline - one of world's leading websites on package design - has featured Georgian wine label design Ranina on first place in last week's Top-10 line-up.

Ranina is a wine brand of Dugladze Wines & Spirits, developed in cooperation with Branding.ge, a Georgian brand consulting company. Branding.ge worked out name of brand, slogan, positioning, packaging conception and design for the Dugladze company.

Director of Branding.ge Levan Koberidze explained to Hvino News, that inspiration of brand name has its origin from Georgian songs. “Ranina” is the refrain word which is often met in Georgian traditional singing.

"Ranina is associated with good mood, joy, feast and overall with Georgian character. Rich Georgian culture, miniatures, ornaments, emotional and folk mood characters became the inspiration source for brand’s visual identity. Ranina is for all those who love Georgian wine, feast, joyful mood and Georgian character, regardless of income, age or social class," - said Mr. Koberidze.

Ranina is the second Dugladze's brand featured by Los Angeles-based The Dieline. Last year the US design resource covered a brandy package design from the same manufacturer.

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Air Astana to serve Georgian wines onboard

23.03.2016 (Hvino News). Air Astana, the national airline of Kazakhstan, plans to include Georgian wines in onboard passenger service. This campaign will be part of the Georgian Wine Week underway in VIP hall recently opened in Astana International Airport.

The Georgian Wine Week is being held from March 18 through March 23 by the initiative and efforts of the Georgian Embassy in Kazakhstan and with support of Air Astana. Exposition on Georgian wines and viticulture was also held at the event. The Georgian Wine Week in Astana aims at popularizing the Georgian culture, history, traditions and tourism potential and upgrading the perception of products of Georgian indication.

In 2015 Air Astana launched Astana-Tbilisi service.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Acclaimed wine writer publishes book about Georgian wine

by Maia Kay Kvartskhava

22.03.2016. Famous American wine writer and natural wine advocate Alice Feiring talks about her newly released book titled ‘For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture.’ [Read also: "Wall Street Journal": A toast to Georgian wine and Book Review: "For the Love of Wine" by Alice Feiring - HN]

This is your fifth book about wine and this time it’s only about one place - Georgia. Georgian people, Georgian wines, food and of course about Georgia’s ancient winemaking culture. Why Georgia?

Why Georgia… When I first landed in Georgia in 2011 for my first visit, I wasn't really thinking about a book. But I quickly realized I had a mission with Georgia. It was an emerging old region trying to bring its wines to the rest of the world. At that time there was a very small clutch of people working old style, very naturally.

At the same time there were many people from outside Georgia who were wine consultants and who were trying to convince the winemakers that they had to modernize; to change the way they made wine; plant other varietals of vines, no matter that Georgia has its own indigenous 525 varieties; that the wine needed to be more modern and palatable to American and European drinkers.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Georgian wine showcased at wine fairs in China

21.03.2016. Georgia is participating at the 10th China International Wine Fair (CIADE) as an honourable guest.

The event took place in Luzhou city in China from March 19-21, 2016. The five-day event has drawn more than 700 firms from 25 countries and regions in the world.

At the exhibition Georgia’s stand showcased the country’s rich wine history. Visitors were also invited to taste Georgian wine and learn more about traditional Georgian wine-making methods.

Georgia’s National Wine Agency supported eight Georgian wine companies to participate in the fair.

These wine companies were: Winery Khareba, Bagrationi 1882, Dugladze Wine Company, Teliani Valley, Chateau Mukhrani, Teleda, GWS, Bolero & Co.

Georgian wines names will be protected in Russia

21.03.2016 (Hvino News). Russia's Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) has completed the registration procedure of six wine names of Georgian origin, according to information published by National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti).

Right to use the wine names "Khvanchkara", "Tvishi", "Akhasheni", "Tsinandali", "Mukuzani" and "Kindzmarauli" on the territory of the Russian Federation is assigned to the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia. The application for registration to Rospatent was filed on June 18, 2013.

The registration period of six wine names in the national registry of origin-controlled names is until June 18, 2023.

"Protection in the Russian Federation of the  place of origin of goods will contribute to the fight against illegal use of names of famous Georgian wines," — reads the information published by Sakpatenti.

Russia is still considered the largest consumer of Georgian wine, in 2016 wine exports to that country increased by 154% compared to last year.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Four wines by Tbilvino win at TEXSOM in Dallas

20.03.2016 (Hvino News). For the first time ever, Georgian wines were represented in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards (Dallas, USA) last month. The results of Texas-based contest were recently announced. Four Georgian wines were awarded with medals - all produced by Tbilvino.

The winning wines and awards are as follows:
  • Tbilvino Kindzmarauli 2013, Silver
  • Tbilvino Qvevris Rkatsiteli, Kakheti 2013, Bronze
  • Tbilvino Mukuzani, Kakheti 2013, Bronze
  • Tbilvino Napareuli, Kakheti 2012, Bronze 

The entries were blind-tasted and judged by 67 internationally renowned industry influencers from 10 countries. Of these entries, the judges awarded 2,133 medals.

TEXSOM is the most prominent and influential professional beverage education and training conference in the United States and has been recognized as one of the most important wine events in the world.

Founded in 2005, TEXSOM was started by Master Sommeliers James Tidwell and Drew Hendricks to raise public awareness about the professional standards and certifications for sommeliers. Today the conference draws a total of 1,100 attendees, of which 900 are sommeliers and other beverage industry professionals.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Georgian barrels to export

18.03.2016. Germany, Turkey and Kazakhstan are interested in Georgian wine barrels. Vasil Kalandadze, the director of the joint stock company Professional Wine Products points out that the negotiations are going on and as soon as the quality certificate is received, the process will enter the active phase.

According to Kalandadze, the export price of Georgian barrels will be 100-150 euros less compared to European one.

“The export price of Georgian barrel can be 600 euros. However, the production cost is unsteady, due to the materials used in the production process is not easily accessible, but it will be always at least 100-150 euros cheaper compared to French barrels. As you know, the payment system is much lower in Georgia than in other European countries. Consequently, the production is more expensive there than it is in Georgia.” – the director of the company announced.

The enterprise is able to produce 160 barrels per month, however, in the case of export, the production will meaningfully grow and all kinds of demands will be satisfied.

According to him, in the plant it will be possible to renovate and maintain old barrels as well.

There are 15 persons employed at the plant in Gurjaani region. Overall, 1.4 million US dollars were invested in this business, from where 550 000 US dollars were received as an agro-credit.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Wine Festival will take place at Mtatsminda Park on May 14

16.03.2016. Tbilisi's New Wine Festival will be held at Mtatsminda Park  Map  on May 13-14. Taking into consideration an unprecedented number of future participants, Georgian Wine Club has made decision about its new location.

Georgian Wine Club will launch a closed tasting on the first day of the festival on May 13, highlighting qvevri wines outside of Georgia. Consequently, unique qvevri wines from France, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Austria will be presented at the tasting.

On May 14 a public part of New Wine Festival will run in its traditional format. From 11:00 to 18:00  small/family, medium and large wineries will present wines from the 2015 year harvest to the festival guests.

Friday, March 11, 2016

14 Georgian wine producers will take part in ProWein 2015

11.03.2016 (Hvino News). 14 Georgian wine producers and Georgian Wine Association are participating in ProWein wine fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 13-15. The event is recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the wine industry of Europe.

The following Georgian companies will take part in ProWein:

  Bagrationi 1882
  Besini Company Ltd.
  Chateau Mukhrani
  Corporation Kindzmarauli
  Georgian Wines and Spirits Company
  Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking
  Kakhuri
  Shumi
  Tbilvino
  Telavi Wine Cellar
  Teliani Valley
  Vaziani Company
  Wine Man
  Winery Khareba

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Georgian wine producers are taking part in FOODEX JAPAN 2016

10.03.2016 (Hvino News). Eight Georgian wine producers are taking part in FOODEX JAPAN 2016 exhibition in Tokyo: Vaziani, Khareba, KTW, Kakheti Marani, Qimerioni, Telavi Wine Cellar, Shumi.

In the framework of FOODEX JAPAN, on March 9 a special exhibitor seminar "Georgia - 8000 Vintages" was conducted with participation of National Wine Agency's representatives.

FOODEX JAPAN has been held since 1976. This year some 2,800 exhibitors from more than 80 countries and regions all over the world, including food and beverage companies and trade companies, are scheduled to exhibit their products. The exhibition is open till March 11th.

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Russian thirst sees Georgian wine exports soar

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10.03.2016. Georgian wine exports grew by 56% in the first two months of 2016 compared with the same time last year, with over half of the country’s wine shipments going to Russia.

Russia snapped up as much as 2,559,795 bottles of Georgian wine in January and February alone, over half of the 4,531,556 that Georgia exported.

The country’s appetite for Georgian wine is growing strongly, as it imported more than twice as much as it did in the same period last year.

Georgian exports to Russia grew by 154%, the country’s National Wine Agency reports (read more here).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Russian imports of Georgian wine skyrocket after ban is lifted

by Damien Sharkov

08.03.2016. Russia has more than doubled its imports of Georgian wine in the first two months of the year, only three years after lifting a ban on sales of the drink, Georgia’s National Wine Agency reports.

Moscow’s relations with Tbilisi were nearing an all-time low in 2006, when Georgia’s then-President Mikheil Saakashvili openly pursued NATO membership. In response, Russia slapped import sanctions on the former Soviet republic, banning sales of Georgian wine, mineral water and agricultural produce.

Saakashvili at the time said that Russia was trying to “strangle” Georgia’s economy, but the official reason given for the ban was that the products allegedly did not meet Russian safety standards. In 2013, however, after calls from both sides to resume trade of the popular drink, Russia reopened its market to Georgian vintners.

Official: Wine export to Russia increased by 154%

08.03.2016 (Hvino News). National Wine Agency of Georgia reports that in January-February 2016 4 531 556 bottles of Georgian wine have been exported to 21 countries. This number has outnumbered the data of last year by 56%.

The top-five exporter countries are:

  • Russia - 2 559 795
  • Ukraine - 651 792
  • Kazakhstan - 337 582
  • Poland - 322 038
  • China - 219 349.

Rising popularity of Georgian wines in Malaysia

by Vincent Tan

08.03.2016. Georgian wines occupy a nice, half-way niche between easier-drinking New World wines and the complex tannins and terroir of Old World stuff, in this writer’s opinion.

Yet, it’s only since the third quarter of last year that Georgian wines from the Caucasus have entered our market, thanks to efforts by Eurasia Trading and assistance from the Georgian Embassy.

During a recent tasting session held at 1 Mont Kiara’s The Barn, currently the only place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) marketing Georgian wines, guests were invited to sample and in a blind-tasting “game”, match five different wines imported by Eurasia Trading.

Although Georgia has nearly 400 grape varietals, only about 10% of these are commercially grown for winemaking.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Schuchmann Wines' Nutsa Abramishvili: I would never work in distributive trade

07.03.2016. Caucasus Business Week had an exclusive blitz interview with Nutsa Abramishvili, CEO of Schuchmann Wines Georgia.

I am a specialist in German Studies. I have graduated the faculty of German Studies, then finished the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) with the qualification of a public officer. I have also studied in Budapest, at the business administration faculty of the Central European University.

I took up my first office at Tbilisi City Hall. In 2005, having graduated the institute, I passed a probation period. My duties were very interesting and the time was also very interesting. In that period reforms were being carried out in the whole country, including in Tbilisi. Therefore, I gained much experience. Then I was given a chance on a managerial position. I was the head of the social-economic programs department of the municipal service for economic policy.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Whiskey made in qvevri is patented in Georgia

05.03.2016 (Hvino News). Georgia's patent authority Sakpatenti has registered unique method of making whiskey using traditional qvevri (Georgian earthenware vessel).

“We’ve been developing this idea for two years. No one has come up with anything like this. We originally tried this more as an experiment to see what clay does as a catalyst when making high quality alcoholic products”, said distiller Alexander Kvernadze, author of technology. Kvernadze believes his method of making whiskey will be of interest around the world as it is unique compared to other types of spirits. He explained that the clay from which qvevri are made purifies alcohol in ways other technologies do not.

In an interview with Business Morning, Alexander Kvernadze said that the clay of which a qvevri is made represents a strong catalyst and it purifies spirits. "I think the forms of qvevri is also very important. The distilled product turned out absolutely free of raw brandy oils and the taste is wonderful", adds the distiller. "Further, we want to get developed in the direction of bourbon and we want to age our whisky in white oak".

Hvino News has published an exclusive interview with Alexander Kvernadze in its Russian version, which is available here (in Russian language).

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11 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2016

05.03.2015 (Hvino News). 11 Georgian wines have won top awards at prestigious competition MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award 2016 in Germany: 4 gold and 7 silver medals.

The gold prizes were awarded to:

2014 Mukuzani, Badagoni
2014 Saperavi Dry Red, Badagoni
2013 Metekhi Mukuzani, Corporation Georgian Wine
2008 Saperavi Bio, Shumi
2013 Kvareli, Corporation Kindzmarauli

The silver medals were awarded to:

2012 16/16, Corporation Kindzmarauli
2013 Tamada Saperavi, Georgian Wines and Spirits Company (GWS)
2013 Tamada Napareuli, Georgian Wines and Spirits Company (GWS)
2014 Mukuzani, Shumi
2014 Rkatsiteli, Château Mukhrani
2012 Ilerco, Shumi

This 2016's Spring Tasting results are better for Georgian winemakers compared to last year's results, when only 6 Georgian wines have won top awards at  MUNDUS VINI (read more here)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Join the "Cheers to emerging Europe!" campaign with Emerging Europe and Hvino this summer

04.03.2016. We invite Georgian wine producers, travel agencies and the wider HoReCa sector to take part in the Cheers to emerging Europe! special report campaign, which will promote beverages and tourism in a selection of countries in Central and Eastern Europe between June and September 2016.

By discussing and showing what great beverages the region has to offer, we aim to increase exports of those beverages and invite tourists, mainly our affluent and business-oriented audience from Western Europe and North America to come and explore emerging Europe.

A network of enablers and multipliers for the project is being built, including specialised media, travel publications, such as award-winning travel portal Spotted by Locals and Hvino, who are already confirmed.

High quality, visually stunning and viral ready videos, produced by an award-winning director and featuring the most exquisite beverages, best places to go and things to do in the region, are what you will see in Cheers to emerging Europe! special report campaign.

Each video will be distributed and promoted to reach at least 20,000 views per video in the first quarter. Leading industry experts - buyers, distributors, restaurateurs, wine critics, bloggers - from Europe and America will feature in the content produced, resulting in major exposure for the companies involved.

Hvino News became first Georgian specialized news publisher included in Google News

04.03.2016 (Hvino News). On March 3, 2016, Google approved Hvino News for inclusion in the English-language section of Google News.

Google News is a news aggregator operated by Google, selecting up-to-date news from thousands of publications. Google News watches about 4500 English-language news sources worldwide, and has around 1 billion readers a week.

Independent SEO expert Andy Aires said: "Google News based articles are a great trust signal from Google. Being included in Google News increases Hvino's robustness in search results. It's a huge achievement for a specialized and country-focused publisher such as Hvino".

Hvino News is the only specialized Georgian news resource listed in Google News. In total, there are only about 7 other Georgian publishers listed in the English-language section of Google News. All of them, except for Hvino News, are general interest news sites.

Hvino News is a specialized news and information resource on Georgian wine, published since April 2012 in English, on a daily basis.

The Hvino family of wine information resources also includes the Russian language version Hvino-Novosti, online bilingual Georgian wine Catalogue, and the first interactive Map of Georgian wine objects.

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Book Review: "For the Love of Wine" by Alice Feiring

Alice Feiring, For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey through the World's Most Ancient Wine Culture
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Potomac Books (March 1, 2016)
Language: English
by Robert J. Avrech

04.03.2016. So, you ask, why is Seraphic Secret reviewing a book dedicated to wine [read more here]? Well, it’s simple, the author of this elegant and fascinating volume, an odyssey though the wine culture of Georgia (the republic, not the American state) is my first cousin with whom I grew up in Brooklyn. I love and admire my cousin Alice.

Besides, Alice’s book  is not just about wine. Like any good movie or novel, there is plot and then there is the all important subtext. Alice writes about wine—natural wine, and the people who cultivate, produce and consume it—but what she’s really writing about is the importance of family and tradition.

Georgia’s wine culture is the most ancient continuous wine producing society on earth. And unlike most modern wine cultures, the Georgians overwhelmingly favor natural wine, which is to say a wine that has no chemical additives or preservatives.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

TNT enters into agreement with Georgia's Wine Tourism Association

02.03.2016 (Hvino News). Georgia's Wine Tourism Association and express delivery company TNT have signed an agreement.

Contributing to the promotion of Georgian wines, TNT will offer special conditions to the Georgian winemakers, including the international express shipments and "hand in hand" delivery service to over 200 countries worldwide.

The memorandum was signed by chairman of Wine Tourism Association Helen Bukhaidze and general director of TNT Express Nino Menteshashvili.

TNT is an international courier delivery services company with headquarters in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. TNT operates its own cargo airline, TNT Airways.

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"Wall Street Journal": A toast to Georgian wine

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by Lettie Teague

02.03.2016. Natural-wine advocate Alice Feiring has never been one to shy away from a cause or to disguise her emotions. And the native New Yorker found a place for both in Georgia, a republic that was once part of Russia and that has endured many invasions over the years.

Ms. Feiring’s latest work, “For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture” is part handbook on Georgian wine, part winemaking polemic and part guide to Ms. Feiring’s heart.

I met Ms. Feiring at Anfora bar for a chat about her book on Monday, the day before it was due to be published by Potomac Books, a division of University of Nebraska Press. Anfora is one of a handful of Georgian wine strongholds in New York, with a surprisingly large selection. Anfora’s wine buyer David Foss told us a “large group of wine nerds” come to the bar just to drink Georgian wines.

Mr. Foss and Ms. Feiring fell to bantering about the Georgian wines. Was that one a skin contact white (aka “orange” wine)? Was that pinkish 13-year one a rosé or a deliberately oxidized white? They readily exchanged unfamiliar grape names like Sapaveri, Chinuri and Ojaleshi, a red one that Ms. Feiring described as Georgia’s “next happening grape.”

Mukuzani “Metekhi” 2013 of Corporation Georgian Wine is awarded with gold medal at MUNDUS VINI

02.03.2016. MUNDUS VINI is one of the most popular and large scale International Wine Exhibition in Germany, aiming to develop wine quality and sales in the world.

Exhibition hosted more than 5000 wines from the most important winemaking regions.

Judges of the present competition included 160 high rank experts from 36 popular winemaking countries all over the world (enologists, sommeliers, wine writers, critics).

This year, at MUNDUS VINI’s 18th exhibition was held and Mukuzani 2013 Series “Metekhi” of Corporation Georgian Wine awarded Gold Medal.

On 13-15 March, in Dusseldorf, MUNDUS VINI 2016’s winner wines will be presented and tasted at Tasting Zone ProWein 2016.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Young Georgian winemaker’s wine may enter British market

01.03.2016. 22-year-old Georgian lady winemaker’s wine named Baia’s Wine might be sold in England.

As Baia Abuladze, the young entrepreneur and winemaker told Georgian Journal, one of the famous companies involved in exporting wines to England, Australia and 40 more countries, became interested in her brand. Baia was attending the Food Technology Conference in England that was a joint event of British Embassy and Georgian Farmers Association, when she was introduced to a British company by Nino Zambakhidze, head of the association.

There Baia presented the director of the British company with her wine. As it turned out the company is generally interested in Georgian wines and small cellars as well. According to the young winemaker, the discussions concerning their cooperation are underway and the head of the company is planning to pay a visit to Georgia.

"During our meeting we received many helpful advises from the director of the company regarding wine tourism and labeling in particular”, noted Baia in the interview.

Georgian qvevri displayed at UN in Geneva

01.03.2016 (Hvino News). The United Nations now has a traditional Georgian wine making vessel on display outside its building in Geneva. The qvevri was unveiled today, at a small ceremony attended by Michael Moller, UN director general, and the foreign ministers of Georgia and Lithuania.

The large clay pot, which has been used for winemaking in the Caucasian country for thousands of years, was placed in the courtyard of the UN offices to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary (read more: Georgia to present United Nations with a qvevri).

Qvevri was made in the Georgian village of Makatubani  Map  and contains Georgian and English inscriptions – ‘Georgia – საქართველო.’

The building in Geneva is the UN’s second largest, after the New York office. More than 100,000 people visit every year, and the qvevri will be placed in an area which is included in the information tours for visitors, which means that it will be seen by many of the visitors, not only official delegations.