Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Georgian winemaking companies sign new partnership contracts in China

29.03.2017. The 96-th China Food & Drinks Fair, a wine and food products international exhibition, was held in the town of Chengdu, Chinese Province of Sichuan.

With the support of National Wine Agency, 27 Georgian winemaking companies have taken part in the exhibition, according to Georgian Agriculture Ministry.

The first day of the exhibition registered a record number of visitors – 250 000 persons, Tamta Kvelaidze, deputy head of Marketing and PR department of National Wine Agency, noted.

“At the exhibition Georgian wine deserved highest evaluation. Representatives of Georgian winemaking companies met with old partners and potential importers. During the exhibition, new partnership agreements were signed. This exhibition is held since 1995 and is considered China’s most important exhibition, which provides best opportunity to make Georgian wine more perceptible and popular on southeastern Asia market”, Tamta Kvelaidze said.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Georgian wine comes to Monaco (with video)

28.03.2017 (Hvino News). On March 23 a Georgian wine presentation took place in Monaco. The tasting was organized by Dominique Milardi, vice-president of the Sommelier Association of Monaco with support of Georgian National Wine Agency and Georgian wine importer Ilia Kakhoidze.

Seven Georgian companies were represented: Kakhuri, Peradze Wine Cellar, Schuchmann Wines, Shalauri Wine Cellar, Teleda, Vita Vinea, Winiveria.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Georgian wine at ProWein 2017

26.03.2017 (Hvino News). Annual international fair of wine and alcoholic beverages – ProWein – was held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

During the fair two Georgian wine tastings were organized at the stand of Vinum, the leading wine magazine, lead by executive editor Rudolf Knoll. 14 Georgian wines were represented at the tastings. As Rudolf Knoll stated, the interest towards the tasting was so intense, that it was attended by twice as many guests then expected.

“The number of the guests exceeded all the expectations, that, in my opinion, is the result of the fact, that Georgia is already acknowledged worldwide as the homeland of wine. Surely, much interest is towards qvevri wine and Georgian varieties. I wish Georgian wine good luck and advances” - noted Rudolf Knoll. Read also: One day at ProWein Düsseldorf.

Director of Georgian Wine Association Tina Kezeli remarked that Georgia has participated in ProWein since 2000, but Georgian wine has never had such representation. “This fair is very important platform for Georgian wine-makers. This is the world's number one fair in the wine-making field. Totally, 23 Georgian companies are represented on the stand, we have never had so many companies represented at this fair. More companies have interest and accordingly, we hope, that next year, Georgian stand will be even more representative. Especially notable is the interest towards qvevri wine” - stated Ms. Kezeli.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Georgian-Swiss wine-making cooperation presented at "Francophonic Wine Tasting" in Tbilisi

25.03.2017 (Hvino News). Swiss, French, Romanian, and Polish embassies in Tbilisi joined forces on March 24 to organize "Francophonic Wine Tasting". In the framework of Francophonie 2017, this event was conducted in French language in Tbilisi's cafe Apero. The selected wines from Georgia, France, Switzerland, Romania, and Poland were offered for tasting.

The Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Lukas Beglinger warmly welcomed the participants of the event. The Ambassador of Romania H.E. Radu Liviu Horumbă, and representatives of French and Polish diplomatic corps also took part in the soiree.

One of the highlights of the tasting was Amphore - a qvevri wine made in Switzerland, which was highly appreciated by the guests. This wine is produced according to traditional Georgian technology by Albert Mathier & Sons in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Swiss company imported the qvevri clay amphorae from Georgia several years ago, and has been selling successfully its Swiss-made qvevri wine since then.

Other wines offered at the tasting included French wines Chateau de Rouillac, Châteauneuf du Pape Comte de Lauze, Swiss Heida AOC du Valais, Romanian elite Domeniul Coroanei Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. Georgian wines from Vismino (a brand of GWS/Marussia Beverages) were also offered at the tasting. The event was led by Georgian wine expert Revaz Goshadze.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

One day at ProWein Düsseldorf

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24.03.2017 (Hvino News). From March 19th to March 21st 2017 ProWein specialized trade fair was held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

At the worlds’ biggest and most important wine and spirits fair about 6,300 exhibitors from more than 60 nations presented their products to more than 58,000 visitors from 130 countries. ProWein is a specialized fair. So, only persons whose profession has a relation to wine or spirits, like winemakers, wine traders, importers and exporters, restaurant managers, sommeliers, wine journalists, etc. are allowed to visit the trade fair. About half of the 58,000 visitors come from Germany, the other half are mainly from European countries. About 3,000 visitors come from North- and South America, and about 2,500 from Asian countries.

It is amazing when you arrive at the Messe Düsseldorf and see these big halls filled with wine stalls. Where to start tasting - overseas, France, Italy, Spain, Germany?

9 out of 17 halls are occupied by ProWein - two halls for German exhibitors, two halls for French exhibitors, nearly two halls for Italian exhibitors – including stalls from other European countries and Georgia, one hall for Spanish and Portuguese exhibitors, one for Austrian wineries. Even if you visit all three days it is not possible to taste all the wines and spirits presented. A framework program with about 500 tastings was held additionally. As a visitor you have no chance to see and taste everything. You have to make yourself a program and try to concentrate on what you want to see and taste.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

23 Georgian wine producers will take part in ProWein 2017

18.03.2017 (Hvino News). 23 Georgian wine producers are participating in ProWein wine fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 19-21. The event is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the wine industry of Europe.

The following Georgian companies will take part in ProWein:

Askaneli Brothers Ltd.
Besini Ltd.
Bolero & Company Ltd.
Corporation Georgian Wine Ltd.
Friends' Cellar JSC
Georgian Wine House Ltd
Georgian Wines and Spirits Company Ltd.
Gevelli LCC
JSC “Chateau Mukhrani”
JSC “Corporation Kindzmarauli”
JSC Bagrationi 1882
JSC Teliani Valley

Monday, March 13, 2017

Georgian qvevri wines at RAW fair in London

13.03.2017. (Hvino News) Georgian wines are represented alongside some of the most exciting collections of natural and organic wines at RAW artisan wine fair in London, United Kingdom, om March 12-13. The RAW WINE festival annually celebrates some of the best natural wine producers in the world, with this year’s event featuring more than 150 growers.

The Georgian wineries that were presented in the UK festival were:
  •  Naotari 
  •  Papari Valley 
  •  Tibaani 
  •  Gotsa Wines 
  •  Natenadze's Wine Cellar 
 The wines of small Georgian growers, unable to attend the fair in person, were shown on a communal table thanks to National Wine Agency of Georgia. In addition to the Georgian growers who were attending in person, visitors were able to taste a collection of other wines from a collection of growers grouped together on "Multi-Grower Selection" table.

“This is the third year of my participation in RAW WINE and each year I feel how the popularity of Georgian wine grows. Meskhian and generally Georgian wines were a discovery for some people years ago, but now, from all around the world, people come to taste Georgian wines. They sat that Georgian wine has a great potential. Last year I found two importers at this fair (Denmark and Switzerland). Yesterday, Danish partner wrote to me that my wine is among the best in Michelin-class restaurant chains, and they bought a large party. I think, this year I will find importers from California and New York”- said Giorgi Natenadze, one of  participants of the fair.

Georgian wines and especially qvevri wines have been gaining more and more popularity in the UK and the world.

 Georgia has participated in the annual RAW WINE exhibition since 2012.

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Georgian wine awarded with Japan's Diamond Trophy

13.03.2017 (Hvino News). Vaziani Company's wine Saperavi 2015 was awarded with the Diamond Trophy - the most honorable award of  Sakura wine competition in Japan.

In the beginning of February, above-mentioned wine became the winner of The Double Gold Medal of  “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2017 (read more here) and, according to the rules of the competition, was nominated for the most honorable award of  “FOODEX Japan 2017” fair - The Golden Trophy.

The head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili noted this was important success for Georgian wine. “My congratulations to the company for such huge success. Being a winner of such prestigious competitions promotes not only the company, but also Georgian wine popularization and development on Japanese market in general, where National Wine Agency has active marketing arrangement plans for this year” - stated Giorgi Samanishvili.

“Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards is a large-scale international event, which was organized for the fourth time. The international wine competition is judged by Japanese female wine specialists, sommeliers, wine writers and journalists. In the competition of this year, totally 12 Georgian wines were awarded by one Double Gold, six Gold and five Silver Medals.

This is the second time Georgian wine is awarded by the most honorable award of this competition. In 2015, “Lukasi” wine - “Chkhaveri” was awarded by The Diamond Trophy. Read more at Japan women’s wine contest awards two Georgian wines.

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The Top 5 EU markets in wine consumption

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13.03.2017 (Hvino News). The actual available figures of the EU wine markets give an insight on the situation and development from about 1.5 years ago. The time-delayed publication of the data is owed to the complexity of summarizing data on regional, national and EU level. As one can assume development on the wine market does not happen erratic but rather for longer periods the data still give a compact contemporary orientation.

The wine market volume of the five biggest EU wine markets sums up to 92 million hectolitres. With 28 mn hl France is the biggest wine market, followed by Italy (21 mn hl) and Germany (20 mn hl). These three countries stand for 69 mn hl or more than two-thirds of the TOP 5 groups’ wine market volume.

Concerning the per capita consumption France is number one with 43 litres per person per year. However, in the years since 2000 the French wine consumption declined on average by 10 l per person per year. The highest decreases reports Spain with 15 l per person per year or – 41 % - a tremendous decline.

About the reasons can be speculated. Basically the economic frame conditions might be responsible.
The decrease in consumption is also important for the placement of freed wine volume on the market, which triggers price pressure and increased export efforts.

9 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2017 Spring Tasting

13.03.2017 (Hvino News). 9 Georgian wines have won top awards at prestigious competition MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award 2017 in Germany: 7 gold and 2 silver medals.

The gold prizes were awarded to:

2013 Kvareli Special Reserve Koncho & Co
2013 Saperavi Classical Winery Khareba
2013 Besini Premium Dry Red (Best of Show Georgia) Besini
2010 Saperavi Reserve Badagoni
2014 Bio Saperavi Wine Company Shumi
2013 Mukuzani Koncho & Co
2015 Saperavi Koncho & Co

The silver medals were awarded to:

2012 Khareba (Aged) Winery Khareba
2013 Kakhetian Noble Red Dry Badagoni 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Georgian wines at Japan’s FOODEX 2017

11.03.2017 (Hvino News). Seven Georgian wine producers are represented at the 42nd International Food and Beverage Exhibition (FOODEX) in Japan – the largest annual food and beverage trade show in Asia.

The four-day fair began on March 7 at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe, where about 80 countries displayed their wines. Georgia is represented by Besini, Dugladze, Kindzmarauli Corporation, Shalauri, Schuchmann Wines, Vaziani, Winery Khareba.

The Ambassador of Georgia to Japan Levan Tsintsadze attended the Georgian wines stand, helping Georgian wineries as well as other food & beverage suppliers to display their products to the Japanese market.

Within the exhibition's framework, FOODEX JAPAN hosted a seminar and presentation on Georgian wine. Georgia’s National Wine Agency says it intends to continue promoting Georgian wine abroad. The agency believes it is important for Georgia to be involved in top trade fairs around the world as it raises awareness of Georgian wine among international customers.

Japan in particular is a growing export market for Georgian wine – in 2016 alone, 160,000 bottles of Georgian wine were exported to Japan, which made for a 15 percent year-over-year increase.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Official: Wine and spirits exports data of January-February 2017

10.03.2017 (Hvino News). According to National Wine Agency data of the recent 2 months of 2017, 8 777 275 bottles (0,75l) of wine has been exported to 32 countries worldwide, which is 94% higher, than the similar data of the last year.

In the period under review, 20,5 mil USD worth of wine has been exported, that is 91% higher, than the similar data of 2016.

“According to the data of February, export has progressive tendency, which is complimentary, due to the sequential work of the viticulture and winemaking field. In accordance with the marketing plan, we implement the arrangements with the agreement of the wine industry. Export has increased on the market of the European Union, China, USA and also on the traditional markets, where the situation has become stable. This year has started really actively and we hope that the progressive tendency of the export will be maintained in all directions until the end of the year” - stated the head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili.

The first five of the exporter countries is the fallowing: Russia (5 717 289 bottles), Ukraine (859 756), China (832 552), Kazakhstan (389 040) and Poland (312 650).

Australian Financial Review: "Georgian wines are very trendy"

10.03.2017 (Hvino News). The Australian Financial Review has published a detailed article on Georgian wines. Authored by award-winning journalist Max Allen, the article is entitled "Georgian wines, part of an 8000-year-old tradition".

In his article Max Allen outlines that "Georgian wines are very trendy right now, especially in those corners of the wine world where all things organic and minimal intervention are sought after. In many ways, Georgia is the ultimate destination for devotees of natural winemaking. .... There are no additions at all during the winemaking process (no yeast, no acid, no enzymes, just grapes) and no fining, filtration or preservatives at bottling."

"Some of these wines can be a bit challenging to modern drinkers brought up on a diet of clean, fruity, approachable flavours. This is particularly so of Georgia's "amber" wines, made from white grapes fermented and matured for months on their skins in qvevri and which can be just as tongue-grippingly tannic as many red wines. Some of the more lo-fi, minimally manipulated examples can taste rather homemade, too (often because they are), even quite rustic and farmyardy at times. But the best (such as the three reviewed here) are full of beauty, charm, vitality and deliciousness."

The author reviewed three wines: 2015 Iago's Chinuri, 2015 Pheasant's Tears Kisi, 2015 Antadze Saperavi.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Russian winemaker Abrau-Durso to launch project in Georgia

09.03.2017 (Hvino News). “We are considering a potential project in Georgia. It might be either distribution or acquisition of assets”- said Pavel Titov, head of major Russian sparkling wine producer Abrau-Durso after recent visit to Georgia.

"Majority of Georgian premium segment producers do not have effective distribution, and we can help them," - Mr. Titov stated. He did not mention possible partners, noting that the company will be able to announce more detailed plans within a month's time.

As Titov noted, two-thirds of the Georgian wines delivered to Russia are semisweet. However, Georgia can offer to consumers "a lot of dry wines of very high quality," he added.

Abrau-Durso is Russia’s most famous sparkling wine producer. Abrau-Durso Winery is located between Anapa and Novorossiysk near the Black Sea coast. It was developed in 1870 by decree of Emperor Alexander II.  In recent years, Abrau-Durso was acquired by entrepreneur Boris Titov (father of Pavel Titov).

The winery has few vineyards, but purchases grapes from neighboring vineyards to produce about 2 million bottles per year of classic méthode champenoise wines. An additional 14 million bottles are produced using the reservoir (charmat) method from imported wine material from several countries including South Africa. Shares of Abrau-Durso trade on Moscow’s MICEX stock exchange.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hollywood success of Georgian wine documentary

02.03.2017 (Hvino News). The documentary “Prime Meridian of Wine” shot by Georgian Sommelier Association won 5 nominations at Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (HIIDA):

  • Award for “Best producer” – Shalva Khetsuriani
  • Award for “Best Scenario” – Tamar Bartaia
  • Award for “Director of Century” – Nana Jorjadze
  • Award for “Best Operator” – Mikheil Kvirikadze
  • Award for “Best Actor” – Revaz Khetsuriani

The documentary has already won two awards: Best International Movie of the Year at the International Film Festival MOST 2016 in Spain, and at the Wine Film Festival Oenovideo in France it was awarded with special prize of the Best Oenological Movie of the Year. The film was also screened at Eindhoven Festival DOCfeed. Read more detail at Georgian documentary "Prime Meridian of Wine” awarded at Spain's film festival.

The film was financed by Marani Khetsuriani with the support of the National Wine Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.

HIIDA Awards is a monthly film festival with quarterly live screening in Hollywood exclusively for documentaries.

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Turkish market is not a perspective for Georgian wine

02.03.2017. Georgia still cannot master the quota for the supply of wine to Turkey, which is one million bottles. According to the head of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, in 2016 the export of Georgian wine to Turkey was not carried out at all, and in 2015 it was only 5 738 liters worth 35 400 dollars.

"In Turkey, there is no demand for Georgian wine, for this reason the government does not consider it necessary to carry out marketing activities in this country. In general, wine is not very popular in Turkey, and local production mainly satisfies a small demand for it. The Turkish market is of no interest to our winemakers, "- he says.

Representatives of the wine business have the same opinion in this regard. In particular, director at Badagoni company Gia Shengelia notes that the company does not deliver the wine to Turkey due to lack of demand.

"In addition, Turkey has a very high tax on alcohol, which makes the Turkish market even less attractive for our winemakers. There are also very high customs duties in Turkey on wine imports - Turks produce their wine and develop the winemaking. We had a large offer on deliveries of wine to the hotels in Antalya, but we refused. Once we have calculated, it was found that the wine will be so expensive that will not be sold, "- he says.