Monday, May 8, 2017

Japan’s wine master is fond of Georgian wine culture

08.05.2017 (Hvino News) Kenichi Ohashi is the first Japanese Master of Wine who came to Georgia last week to explore country's reach wine culture and market. Japanese wine expert was accompanied by wine writer Akihiko Yamamoto, a representative of Japanese Sommelier Association.

On the first day of his visit in Georgia, Japanese guests held a meeting in National Wine Agency, and visited wine company Chateau Mukhrani. The visit continued in Kakheti andthe guests had opportunity to taste over 100 varieties of Georgian wine of the following companies: Giuaani, Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking, Shumi, Telavi Wine Cellar, Teleda, Schuchmann Wines, Vaziani, Shalauri Wine Cellar, Maranuli, Kakha Tchotiashvili Winery, Winery Khareba, also, visited a qvevri-maker Zaza Kbilashvili and learnt the qvevri-making technology. They tasted Gotsa Wines in Kartli.

Georgian wine made impressed Mr. Ohashi,  who is the only Master of Wine in Japan:  “My impression of Georgian wine is absolutely fantastic, I am very ashamed, because I was not familiar with Georgian wine, it's my shame. There is so much new information, number one is the history over 8 thousand years, absolutely, Georgia is an ancestor of wine and wine-making and we should respect this nation - Georgia. The second one is the variety. Georgian wines' style is very suitable for our cuisine, and I think, Georgian wine future on our market is absolutely brilliant” - stated Kenichi Ohashi.

As the head of Marketing and PR Department of National Wine Agency Irakli Cholobargia mentioned, Kenichi Ohashi represents the Agency's contractor marketing company Red Bridge, which organizes marketing and advertising campaign of Georgian wine in Japan this year.

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