Saturday, January 28, 2017

Participate in Vinitaly with Hvino, Winerist and DRINKS+!

28.01.2017 (Hvino News). We invite you to Vinitaly (Verona, Italy) on April 10 to participate in presentation & tasting event "Drinks+ Choice: Heritage Wines As New Objects on the Wine Roads of Europe”. This event is joint project of D+ Communication Media Group (Kiev), Hvino.com (Tbilisi), Winerist.com (London).

Leading industry experts: buyers, distributors, restaurateurs, wine critics, bloggers from Europe, America and Asia are invited to the event. Coverage of the presentation will be provided by both local and international media. All participants will be provided with tasting lists and information materials in English and/or Italian. Service of the tasting is provided by the qualified specialists of National Association of Sommeliers (Italy).
Tasting provider (D+ Communication media group) is inviting attendees, with report of invitations provided to the participating producers.

DRINKS+ is honored to provide a presentation at Vinitaly for the 4th time in a row. Participation in this kind of top level venue is a statement of the company as the global market participant, giving way to international cooperation, sales in different parts of the world, and receiving a positive assessment from international wine experts, spread through reputable global and national media, as well as official and personal social accounts.
PR-publications in all D+ Communication Media Group media are included.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Marani launches Marafoto photo contest for Facebook users

24.01.2017 (Hvino News). Marafoto is the name of new wine photo contest, launched on January 23 by Telavi Wine Cellar company (also known under brand name Marani) in Facebook social network.

According to organizers, Marafoto is "a Facebook photo contest consisting of several levels, like in a sports event. Everyone can vote for their favorite photos by likes at bit.do/Marafoto. The winners are top photos with maximum number of likes. On next level, only photos from previous level are competing. Each level lasts for 1 week. The winner receives Grand Prix". Grand Prix seems to be a mystery  prize, as it is not revealed.

After just one day since launch, the Marafoto's photo album has got 11 photos. Everyone can vote for the best photos by "liking" them.

To participate in Marafoto, the photograph must have a Marani product with a readable label.

The contest is open to everybody - the  only requirement is that participants must like Marani’s page in Facebook.

To submit your photo to the Marafoto contest, just email it to  marani.marafoto@gmail.com.

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Prime Minister visits family-run inn Chateau Dio

24.01.2017. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili visited last week the Chateau Dio family-run inn, a recipient of a 10,000 GEL grant under the Produce in Georgia program, in the village of Dzirageuli, Ambrolauri District.

The inn is owned by the Dio partnership that uses said grant amount to develop a family-run winemaking business.

As the founders of the partnership revealed to the Prime Minister, the received amount was spent to purchase equipment necessary to enhance the enterprise’s production output. The Dio partnership plans to export its wines in the future.

The Prime Minister wished them success and pointed out the Government’s unconditional commitment to ensuring the revival of viticulture and viniculture and the development of production. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, equally important is the development of small, family-run inns, especially since the Ambrolauri Airport launched on same day, which poised to increase the tourist flow and boost employment and economic development in the region.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Georgian Wine Association presents Georgian wine tourism guide

by Nino Gugunishvili

23.01.2017. The Georgian Wine Association presented a new wine tourism guide at their head office on Friday.

The new guide is the first book published in the English language in Georgia to feature over 120 wineries across all regions of the country.

It has a listing of 40 wine bars and shops, nearly 200 recommended restaurants, and 200 hotels. The book has QR codes which can be scanned through the Smart Phone App to easily find out more about the selected venue. After scanning the QR code, locations appear as pinned on Google Maps. For those who have never used a QR scanning code, the guide explains how it works and how to use it.

The book covers all regions in Georgia with precise and detailed information on what to see, where to stay, where to taste wine and where to dine out. In addition to the brief history of the country, the new guide provides useful information for tourists on how to enter Georgia, and brings useful tips to help visitors get around more easily, with a list of tourism information centers also included.

Ukraine becomes second in imports of Georgian wine in 2016

23.01.2017. Ukraine in 2016 imported around 5.8 million bottles of Georgian wine, and this was over 70 percent more than in 2015.

Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikheil Ukleba said at a meeting of the Tourism Press Club of Ukraine that thanks to this figure Ukraine was second in imports of Georgian wine after Russia being ahead of China in 2016.

In general, imports of goods from Georgia to Ukraine totaled $72 million in 2016, and this was 24 percent more than in 2015, Ukleba said.

“Exports of goods from Ukraine unfortunately slightly fell,” the ambassador said. Ukleba said that growth of imports of citrus fruit by Ukraine from Georgia was seen.


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Heineken gets Georgia boost with new brewery for licensed production

by Keith Nuthall

17.01.2017. Global Beer Georgia has secured a near-US$20m loan to build a brewery in the country that will produce Heineken brands under licence.

The company, which is owned by Georgian wine producer Teliani Valley, confirmed late last week that it has qualified for an EUR18.6m (US$19.7m) syndicated loan arranged by the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. The funds will go towards a facility that will produce the Heineken and Amstel brands for the Georgian market.

The brewery, which will also make Czech beer brand Krušovice and locally-developed Georgian beers, will be located in Tsilkani, north of the capital Tbilisi.

The EBRD will lend EUR6.2m from its own accounts, while EUR6.2m will be sourced from Dutch development bank FMO. The remaining EUR6.2m comes from German development bank DEG. The project goal, said an EBRD note, was to "satisfy the demands of the growing market in Georgia".

Forbes features Georgia in its "Top Underrated Wine Regions To Visit"

17.01.2017 (Hvino News).  Leading American business magazine  Forbes in its lifestyle section recently published article The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017: A Month-By-Month Guide.

"After spending most of my year in vineyards around the world, I compiled this month-to-month guide identifying the new frontiers of enotourism", - author Lauren Mowery writes in her preface.

The Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017 features Georgia's Kakheti region as follows:
Kakheti, Georgia. Within wine circles and, increasingly, mainstream travel media, the word on Georgia as a vinous destination has spread. Yet few have actually made the trek to this country bordering Armenia and Turkey. Translation: villages remain authentically charming, the countryside still a peaceful refuge and the unique winemaking traditions endure intact. Kakheti, nestled at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, is the main region, known for fermenting wine underground in terra-cotta jars called qvevri. A delicious food culture sweetens the incentive to visit.

Monday, January 16, 2017

95% of Georgian wine companies are involved in export diversification

16.01.2017. "95% of Georgian wine-making companies not only agree on the need to diversify exports, but also are directly involved in the process," - the head of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili says.

According to him, marketing activities carried out by the Agency and aimed at popularization of Georgian wine in different countries are agreed with the business community.

"In general, a lot of countries in the world focus on one separate market. But in our situation we deal with economic factors and are actively working on the diversification of markets. Marketing campaign is financed by the state, but the ideas are coming from the private sector. Currently in all international shows our wine is presented under the «Georgian wine» brand that facilitates the popularization of Georgian wine, "- Giorgi Samanishvili notes.

In his words, marketing strategy also focuses on the development of small regional wineries.

Perspectives of Georgian wine export to Belarus

16.01.2017 (Hvino News).  The head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili had a meeting with the ambassador of Belarus Mikhail Miatlikov, attended also by chairman of National Intellectual Property Center Sakpatenti Nikoloz Gogiladze, and representatives of Ministry of Agriculture. The participants discussed the perspectives of increasing export of Georgian wine to Belarus and possibilities of implementing marketing events.

The meeting venue was at National Museum of Wine.  The meeting participants visited a marani (traditional wine cellar) and had a chance to taste Georgian wines.

Belarus is a traditional market for Georgian wine. It occupied 6th place among the biggest importers in 2016. In 2016, 1 174 362 bottles of wine were exported to Belarus which was 30% more compared to 2015.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

NATO's Representative for Caucasus receives Georgian chacha as New Year present

15.01.2017 (Hvino News). James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy and Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia,  was recently presented with a bottle of Georgian chacha (grappa) produced by Telavi Wine Cellar. The present was given to him as a New Year present by Georgian journalist Ketevan Kardava, who met Appathurai in Brussels for an interview.

A month ago, during Georgian Foreign Minister’s visit to NATO Ministerial, Mr. Appathurai welcomed the Georgian delegation with question “Where is the chacha?”

Mr. Appathurai has visited Georgia on numerous occasions and is known for his interest to Georgian culture.

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Chinese company to buy 5 million bottles of wine from Shilda

15.01.2017 (Hvino News). A contract for five million bottles of wine was signed on January 11 between Georgian producer Shilda and Chinese importer Shanghai Tianzifang Trading.

Shilda company was founded by London-based Georgian businessman and former politician Mikheil Chkartishvili and his daughter Natia.

Company calls this deal as unprecedented, as it amounts to nearly the entire quantity of wine exported from Georgia to China in 2016. The company representatives noted growing interest among Chinese consumers to Georgian wine.

The Georgian ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China Mr. David Aptsiauri and a representative of the Georgian-Chinese Friendship Association attended the signing procedure.

Read more about Shilda in: Natia Chkhartishvili shares Shilda's ambitious expansion plans.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

"The Drinks Business": Georgian wine exports to China spike in 2016

by Natalie Wang

12.01.2017. Georgian wine exports to China grew by 98% to 5.3 million bottles in 2016, the highest growth rate recorded by any country importing wine into the country, according to figures released by the Georgian Wine Association.

Currently ranked as the eastern European country’s third biggest export market, China could soon surpass Ukraine to become Georgia’s second biggest export market, as the two are poised to sign a Free Trade Agreement later this year that would scrap import tariffs on Georgian wines.

Russia remains Georgia’s biggest export market with 27.22 million bottles, followed by Ukraine’s 5.81 million bottles.

However the association believe that wine exports from Georgia to China could grow to exceed 10 million bottles by the end of 2017, which could mean that within five years China could become Georgia’s biggest export market.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Official: 50 million bottles of wine exported to 53 countries in 2015

04.01.2017. 50 million bottles of wine exported to 53 countries in 2015 In 2016 Georgia exported 50 million bottles of wine to the world's 53 countries.

According to National Wine Agency, the figure is 38% higher than in 2015.

It should be noted that exports has risen to the European Union, China, the US and other traditional markets. compared to 2015, exports to China grew by 98% (5 299 149 bottles), Ukraine - 70% (5 811 050 bottles), Russia - 49% (27 222 076 bottles), Poland - 46% (2 329 820 bottles), Canada - 34% (210 936 bottles), Belarus - 30% (1 174 362), the UK - 28% (97 226), Estonia - 25% ( 631 632), Kyrgyzstan - 24% (230 776), the US - 19% (294 382), Latvia - 19% (1 258 632), Japan - 15% (159 654), Germany - 6% (292 454), the Czech Republic - 353% (119 648), etc.

The top five countries that import Georgian wine are: Russia (27 222 076 bottles), Ukraine (5 811 050 bottles), China (5 299 149 bottles), Kazakhstan (3 393 435 bottles) and Poland (2 329 820 bottles).


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017 to readers of Hvino News! Win special prizes now!

Happy 2017 to readers of Hvino News!

For New Year, we are offering two special prizes in our unique Win!Wine Georgian wine lottery

To play, simply write any comment or just a smiley   to the photos of wine prizes: at prize.hvino.com/6 (rare and expensive red Usakhelouri), and prize.hvino.com/5 (prize-winning white Mtsvane made in qvevri). That's all. Computer will pick the winners randomly from people who left comments. 

Hvino's team wishes the best of success, prosperity, and health to our readers! Good luck!