Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Georgian wines win gold medals at Poland’s wine contest

28.06.2017. A Georgian wine company is returning from the biggest wine contest in Poland with two gold medals.

White dry wine Kisi 2015 and red dry wine Mukuzani 2015 of Georgian wine company Shilda Winery won gold medals at the international wine contest Galicja Vitis 2017, which was held on June 22-23 in Krakow.

These golden medals are very important for raising awareness of Georgian wine in Poland, said deputy head of PR and Marketing Department at the Georgian National Wine Agency Tamta Kvelaidze, who was invited as a jury member at the competition.

For the first time this year a new category was added to the competition – a qvevri wine category – which is another step forward popularizing Georgian wine and increasing its export to Poland,” she added.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dutch wine importers visit Georgia

23.06.2017. A group of Dutch wine importers has visited Georgia to explore the rich history and culture of Georgian wine and learn about the country’s wine market.

The guests visited wine companies in Georgia’s Kartli and Kakheti regions and tasted wines of different types.

The Dutch market is one of the most promising markets for Georgian wine exports, believes the head of the public relations department at the Georgian National Wine Agency, Irakli Cholobargia.

"Taking into account this fact, we signed an agreement with Dutch wine importer company Saperavi Wine Agency at the beginning of this year. This company imports Georgian wine to Holland and contributes to raising awareness of Georgian wine there,” Cholobargia said.

"Within the Dutch wine importers’ tour in Georgia, several agreements were signed with Georgian wine companies that would increase Georgian wine exports to Holland,” he added.

The Director of Saperavi Wine Agency, Bernard Nauta, was also in the group of visiting Dutch wine importers.

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New guide to the ‘Cradle of Wine’ released

by Rupert Millar

23.06.2017. A new book on the wines and winemaking culture of Georgia by award-winning wine writer Miquel Hudin has been released.

‘Georgia: A guide to the cradle of wine’ was officially presented on 9 June at the opening of Winexpo in the Caucasian country’s capital Tbilisi but is now available for purchase globally.

The book, the latest in Hudin’s self-published ‘Vinologue’ series, was co-written by Hudin, who was granted the Geoffrey Roberts Award in 2016 as he began his research, with help from Georgian food and travel expert Daria Kholodilina.

With over 300 pages and numerous photographs, maps and cellar listings, the book focuses on what first-time visitors to the country or even experienced wine professionals can expect from Georgia’s wine and food culture.

There is a special emphasis on that most iconic of Georgian winemaking tools – the ‘qvevri’ – as well as the evolution of Georgian winemaking and experimentation with different techniques as well as the impact of greater global interest in the country’s wines.

The book is available to buy at www.vinologue.com.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sopexa marketing agency to promote Georgian wine

20.06.2017. A large-scale advertising campaign is planned for Georgian wine, which will be launched by international communication and marketing agency for food, wine, and lifestyle Sopexa.

This was decided at yesterday’s meeting in France between Georgia’s Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili and the business development manager at Sopexa Anne-Sophie Hottiaux.

Georgian wine will be promoted over four months to strategic countries within the prestigious wine festival at the Bordeaux Centre for Wine and Civilisations in France.

Georgia is invited as a special guest for the event to showcase the history and culture of Georgian wine.

Georgia will present a solo exhibition celebrating its traditional winemaking and viticulture at Bordeaux Centre for Wine and Civilisations. Georgia’s exhibition will be named Vineyard-Georgia and be held from July-October 2017 (read more: In 2017 the year of Georgia in Bordeaux will be celebrated at new Center for Wine and Civilizations).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Georgia wins gold and silver at Citadelles Du Vin in Bordeaux

19.06.2017 (Hvino News). The Citadelles du Vin wine contest was held on June 10-12 in Bourg (near Bordeaux, France). For the 17th time, wine professionals from all over the world came together to determine the best wine producers during the three-day tasting. The winners were solemnly announced on June 17, 2017, during the Vinexpo Bordeaux exhibition.

This year Georgia won 2 gold and 2 silver awards, as well as "Georgia Special Prize":

Gold and Georgia Special Prize:
- Khareba Aged wine 2012, by Winery Khareba

- Makashvili Wine Cellar Cabernet 2015, by Vaziani Company

- Kindzmarauli 2013, by  Kakheti Wine Cellar
- Chacha 1, by Shumi

"For us to get highest appraisal on Cabernet made in qvevri, and especially in Cabernet's homeland - in France - is great success," - said Natia Metreveli, CEO of Vaziani Company, - "I have been invited and attended the award ceremony in Bordeaux, as we were also nominated for Wine Trophy. I am happy that a Georgian company got this special prize".

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Zaza on my mind (Georgian Wine Champs)

by Pamela Busch

18.06.2017. I think everyone in the Bay Area would agree that Zaza Pachulia* is the Republic of Georgia’s greatest export – ever. This nearly seven-foot tall center from Tbilisi, the capital, played a huge role – literally – in the "Warriors" championship victory, and the 98 game path to getting there. [*Zaza Pachulia is Georgian professional basketball player for the "Golden State Warriors" of National Basketball Association - HN]

On the same day the Dubs beat the Cavs and won the NBA Title, the Georgian Wine Association and  National Wine Agency of Georgia held a tasting at the San Francisco Wine School with a few importers. I’d say this was fate although my lucky shirt might have had something to do with it.

At any rate, I was very happy to not know a lot of the people who attended. This tells me that Georgian wines are catching on. “Knowledge that Georgia is the original wine region has increased significantly,” says Chris Terrell, an early champion and a top importer of Georgian wines. “The buyers and influencers are now familiar with the region and the key producers, regions and grape varietals.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A book on Georgian qvevri wine published in Japan

17.06.2017. We met Yutaka Kitajima, the Japanese wine writer, at a wine tasting event Qvevri Wines from Outside Georgia, organized as part of the New Wine Festival in 2016. We enjoyed the wines made in the Georgian qvevri by French, Italian, German, Austrian, Slovenian and Japanese winemakers. That day marked the beginning of our friendship and cooperation.

The Wine Club received a very special gift from our Japanese friend a few days ago – an excellent book Georgian Qvevri Wine, telling the story of the Georgian qvevri wine tradition in Japanese.

The book consists of two sections: Section One – Qvevri Wine in Georgia and Section Two – Food and Culture in Georgia. The introductory part provides a review of the Georgian vine species. Separate chapters are dedicated to the Georgian winemakers: Soliko Tsaishvili (Our Wine), Nikoloz Antadze (Antadze Marani), John Wurdeman (Pheasant’s Tears), Archil Natsvlishvili (Kerovani), Iago Bitarishvili (Iago's Wine), Ramaz Nikoladze (Nikoladze Marani), Gaioz Sopromadze (Gaioz Sopromadze Marani), Gogita Makaridze (Makaridze Marani), Zurab Topuridze (Iberieli), along with Zaliko Bozhadze, the qvevri master, and the New Wine Festival 2016.

25 Georgian companies will be represented at Vinexpo in Bordeaux

15.06.2017 (Hvino News). The major international wine and spirits trade event Vinexpo will be held in Bordeaux (France) from 18 to 21 June 2017.

This year 25 companies from Georgia will show products at Vinexpo. This is a large progress compared to previous years, and almost all companies are marked as "new participants". (Generally, Vinexpo 2017 has 236 new participants). The full list of Georgian companies at Vinexpo follows below.

Within the framework of the exhibition there will be a seminar and tasting of Georgian wines, guided by chairman of the NWA Giorgi Samanishvili and the head NWA's tasting commission, vice-president of OIV Anna Godabrelidze.

List of Georgian companies at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2017:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ICC-Georgia Chairman briefs the Consultative Board of concentrated attacks targeting foreign companies and about the parties standing behind those attacks

14.07.2017. On June 13, ICC Georgia held its 14th Consultative Board Meeting at Biltmore Hotel in a closed working  meeting  that  included   exclusively  ICC  Executive Board, ICC Consultative Board and the Chairs of ICC Commissions.

Mr. Fady Asly- Chairman of ICC Georgia gave Introductory remarks and welcomed to the Consultative Board Members. Mr. Asly overviewed the degrading business climate.

Ms. Eka Gigauri, Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia overviewed the realities of the Georgian judiciary.

Mr. Aleksadre Meladze- Lawyer of Georgian American Alloys informed the attendees of the chain of criminal events that resulted in a technical expropriation of the shareholders.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Results of 9th International Wine Award 2017: Full List

13.06.2017. (Hvino News). The International Wine and Spirits Exhibition ''WinExpo Georgia 2017'' hosted the 9th International Wine Award 2017 on June 9-10.

In total 43 companies presented 164 different types of wine at the contest. On June 10, the awards were presented in six categories: gold (26 medals), silver (36), bronze (84) medals and international diplomas.

The best wines of the year are Saperavi Georgica 2013 by Shumi and Mtsvane Qvevris 2016 produced by the Qvevri Wine Cellar. The Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, the Chairman of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili and jury members awarded the winners.

Levan Davitashvili said:  'The number of participants and winners in this year's competition is really impressive. Apparently, wine sector is developing rapidly, new wine companies are created, modern technologies are introduced and high quality wine is produced in Georgia. It should be noted, that the jury members of the competition are the world's best wine experts and specialists, therefore, their opinions and assessments are important for us as this will further lead to promote the Georgian wine in the international market".

Sarah Abbott covers Georgian wines for British business media outlet

13.06.2017 (Hvino News). Yesterday the British online business resource The Buyer published a detailed article focusing on Georgian wines entitled "Make Georgian wines heroes on your wine list". The author is Sarah Abbott MA (Master of Wine), a British wine expert.

"The wine trade and consumers alike are increasingly looking for wines with history, tradition and a genuine back story. Well, they don’t get much more authentic than wines from Georgia. It might have been making wines for centuries, but it has only been in the last few years that its unique qvevri-style wines are capturing the imagination of our wine buyers and adventurous wine drinkers," - the author wrote in her introduction.

The biggest challenge about Georgia, according to Ms. Abbott, is "that so few people know where it is. Even now in the UK when we talk to consumers – and even trade – we have to say “The Country of Georgia, not the US state”. But other than that, Georgia is in a fantastic position. The wine potential is huge and is increasingly being met. They have thousands of years of unbroken wine tradition, hundreds of native varieties, diverse wine styles, and a wide range of price points. It has not focused on easy drinking low cost international varieties. In fact, Georgia doesn’t really do large volumes of low-cost wine in the way that Romania can, or that Moldova could do. The terrain is too mountainous, and the grip of the indigenous varieties is too strong. Georgia’s positioning is more like New Zealand in terms of price and quantity. It has varieties that you can’t find anywhere else. And of course, Georgia has Qvevri wines, which are a specialist wine style with niche but powerfully emotional appeal."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Korean wine expert to cover Georgian wines for "Korean Air" inflight magazine

08.06.2017 (Hvino News). Famous South Korean oenologist Jin-Sik Bang recently visited Georgia. A columnist for “Korean Air” inflight magazine with circulation of almost a million copies, professor Jin-Sik Bang plans to focus his 100th anniversary article on Georgian wine.

Jin-Sik Bang visited National Wine Agency and met with the   deputy chairman of National Wine Agency Andro Aslanishvili and the head of marketing department Irakli Cholobargia. He saw the cellar, oenotheca  and museum of the Agency.

Irakli Cholobargia noted that Georgian wine export to South Korea has been progressing over recent years.

“Decision on writing an article about Georgian wine was made by the managers of “Korean Air”. From August till the end of the year, articles on Georgian wine will be published in 4 editions and one of them will be the 100th anniversary article. The on-board journal will be distributed in each airplane and the branches of the company in 130 countries” - said Mr. Cholobargia.

During his tour in Georgia, South Korean wine professional visited the following Georgian wine companies: Telavi Wine Cellar, Satsnakheli, Teliani Valley, Maranuli, Chateau Mukhrani, also he visited qvevri-maker Zaza Kbilashvili in Kakheti.

This was the first visit of Jin-Sik Bang in Georgia, which was supported by the Embassy of Georgia in South Korea.

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10th WinExpo and 9th International Wine Competition will open on June 9 in Tbilisi

08.06.2017 (Hvino News). The 10th International Wine and Spirits Fair WinExpo 2017 will be held on June 9 – 11 at "Expo Georgia", Tbilisi. It will be a three-day event and “the only international wine and spirits fair in Georgia and whole Caucasus region, presenting the full range of the wine industry, products and services,” according to organizers.

"During the 10 years of history, WinExpo Georgia has established itself as a venue for professionals and amateurs working in wine production, distribution and realization. This is an exhibition and business forum for everyone interested in creating a comfortable and business environment that helps to build business relationships and increase the product realization, "said Nino Gamrekeli, head of the Department of Product Development at "Expo Georgia" at press-conference held on June 6.

Along with the wine show, the 9th International Wine Competition will be held. Members of the jury will include Tim Atkin - Chairman (Great Britain), Kenichi Ohashi (Japan), Isa Bal (Turkey), Sarah Abbott (Great Britain), Mikheil Meskhi (Georgia), Gogi Dakishvili (Georgia).

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Official: Georgia's wine and spirits export grew by 64%

07.06.2017 (Hvino News). According to official data, in January-May 2017, 24.75 million bottles of wine have been exported from Georgia to 41 countries worldwide, that is 64 percent higher than the same period in 2016.

In the period under review, 55,52 mil. USD worth of wine have been exported, that is 58% higher than the similar data of the last year.

“In January-May, exports increased to the European Union, China, USA and other traditional markets. We hope that the rate of export increase will be maintained in all directions,” the head of the NWA Giorgi Samanishvili said.

The top importers of Georgian wine during this period were Russia (14,820,976 bottles), China (3,234,144), Ukraine (2,364,112), Kazakhstan (2,364,112) and Poland (978,360).

In addition, during the five-month period 5,521,594 bottles of brandy were exported to 17 countries, 66 percent more than in 2016. January-May brandy exports this year amounted to $13.3 million, which is 73 percent higher than the earnings for 2016.

In total, export income for alcoholic drinks this January-May amounted to $100.8 million, or a growth of 64 percent, compared to the same period in 2016.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Georgia wins 2 Platinum, 2 Gold, and 64 other medals at Decanter World Wine Awards

03.06.2017 (Hvino News). The 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results were officially announced recently. 68 Georgian wines have been awarded in this year's competition, which is just a bit more than last year's result (66 total awards).

However, quality of awards has progressed significantly compared to previous years.

For the first time, two Georgian wines were awarded with the highest Platinum awards: Château Mukhrani's Réserve Royale Saperavi 2012 was awarded with Platinum medal as "Best Georgian Red", while Maranuli's Barrel Selected Ostkhanuri Sapere 2015 was awarded as "Best Value Georgian Red". (At the Platinum tastings, different price levels are taken into account. Wines with a retail price of under £15 are judged in ‘best value’ categories, while those over £15 contend for premium categories).

List of 2017 Georgian  Platinum, Gold, and Silver winners follows below:

Friday, June 2, 2017

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Georgia) draws attention to judicial system

02.06.2017. The Georgian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce ICC- Georgia would like once again to address the recent developments in the judicial system of the country.

The Georgian Judiciary is perceived as bias, unreliable, and corrupt. This perception has increased dramatically in the past years and a very large number of businesses both Georgian and foreign have been defrauded by the Georgian Courts by what is seen as a travesty of Justice.

An increasing number of businesses including many of ICC members and some of them very large investors are extremely dissatisfied with the quality of justice delivered by the Georgian Courts and do report to us very serious flaws in the administration of justice.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

47 Georgian wines received awards of International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) '2017

01.06.2017 (Hvino News) The results of International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) '2017 have been announced recently in London. Georgian wines have received 47 silver and bronze awards of this prestigious wine contest.

Among 2017's winners two wines were awarded with Special Silver Outstanding Award, both of them produced by Telavi Wine Cellar.

Silver Outstanding:

  • Marani Mukuzani 2014, Telavi Wine Cellar
  • Satrapezo 10 Kvevri 2014 Rkatsiteli, Telavi Wine Cellar