Thursday, December 21, 2017

Prime Minister assessed Georgia’s wine exports to China

21.12.2017. The Prime Minister considers Georgian wine export to China as “incredible dynamics and outcome”. Giorgi Kvirikashvili talked about the development of free trade network during the presentation of the government program in the parliament.  He said that diversification process of trade markets is steady and the EU market is already the number one trade partner for Georgia.

The Prime Minister predicted export growth to China with launch of the Free Trade Agreement. “Today we can say that 7 million bottles of wine are sold on the Chinese market. This is an incredible dynamic and we have not expected such result. I hope that Georgian wine will become more competitive after 47% of taxes will be removed for Chinese market”, - Kvirikashvili said.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili also talked about popularization of Georgian wine and noted that “our wine should become one of the premium products on the international market with the correct presentation of the history of Georgia, as the oldest winemaker”.

The Prime Minister talked about the protection of local businesses on the background of the expansion of free trade network, saying that protection mechanism is envisaged in all agreements.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saperavi Word Prize 2017 tasting was held in Tbilisi

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Saperavi Word Prize 2017 tasting was held in Tbilisi
Wines of best known Georgian variety from all over the world are judged in Georgia for the first time
Saperavi Wine Prize 2017 tasting was held on December 15th in Tbilisi, on the premises of  International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Georgia).
Saperavi World Prize 2017 is the new international wine contest in Georgia, which brings together the wines from winemakers from around the world who use the Saperavi variety.  Saperavi is a grape variety native to Georgia, which is becoming increasingly popular with winemakers around the world. 
Saperavi World Prize  (“SapPrize”) is conceived to become not only a wine contest of Saperavi wines produced in all continents, but a meeting point of international winemakers and Georgian tradition-keepers, backed by eight millennia-old winemaking history of Georgia – the cradle of wine. Official website of SapPrize is sapprize.hvino.com.
Entry in SapPrize is free – there is no participation fee. The slogan of the contest is “Made globally, awarded in Georgia: Best Saperavi wines produced abroad”, because in 2017 SapPrize is open to winemakers from abroad (outside Georgia) who produce wines from Saperavi variety.
SapPrize will be an annual event. Permanent location of SapPrize is Tbilisi, Georgia.

Small and large wineries from several continents have submitted wine samples to SapPrize. Wines came from Australia (14 wines), United States (4 wines), Azerbaijan (3 samples), Kazakhstan (2 samples), Russia (2 samples) and one wine each from Armenia and New Zealand.

The Jury included:
  • Mr. Andro Barnovi (Georgia), Georgian Federation of Artisan Wine
  • H.E. Lukas Beglinger (Switzerland), Swiss Ambassador to Georgia
  • H.E. William Lahue (USA), Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia
  • Mr. Paul Rodzianko (USA), JSC Cradle of Wine
  • Ms. Ute Seitz (Germany), wine expert
  • Mr. Berthold Seitz (Germany), wine expert
  • Mr. Kakha Tchotiasvili (Georgia), Tchotiashvili Family Vineyards

Saperavi World Prize will award unique and precious prizes, hand-made by leading Georgian jewelers from Zenaari company – official partner of SapPrize. The gold, silver, and bronze prizes will be miniature copies of “azarpesha” - ancient Georgian wine vessels, usually made of silver or gold. These richly decorated objects, which are now rare antique collectibles, where chosen by SapPrize organizers to underline special role of wine in Georgia’s history and culture.
The winners of Saperavi World Prize will be announced at a special ceremony, the date of which will be specified later.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Judging at the first Saperavi World Prize competition

by Ute SEITZ, wine author and wine tourism adviser                                  

16.12.2017 (Hvino News). Saperavi is a grapevine variety known mainly in Georgia - where it is the most commonly planted red grapevine variety. Most Georgians are probably not aware of the fact, that their national treasure is planted also in other regions of the wine world.

So, Mr. Alexander Kaffka, the head behind the website Hvino News, and his team had the idea to organize the Saperavi World Prize competition. Hvino News is a website which usually informs the world on regular base about Georgian wine news in English and Russian.

Saperavi wine producers from all over the world were informed about the competition and sent their samples to Tbilisi.

The date for tasting and judging the wines was set on December 15th. The jury met at ICC – International Chamber of Commerce, which kindly provided rooms, at 10:30 hours. While bottles, covered with brown paper bags, were opened jury members had time to accommodate and get to know each other.

Tasting started at 11 o’clock. Jury members sat along a big, dark wooden table, where all the wrapped and numbered bottles were standing in a line. Everybody had a name sign, a pile of scoring sheets in front of them, three wine glasses, bread and water to neutralize and rinse the mouth.

The jury consisted of Mr. Kakha Tchotiasvili, Tchotiashvili family vineyards, Mr. Andro Barnovi, Georgian Federation of Artisan Wine, H.E. Lukas Beglinger, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Georgia, Mr. Paul Rodzianko, JSC Cradle of Wine, Mr. Berthold Seitz, German wine expert, H.E. William Lahue, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia,  and Ms. Ute Seitz, German wine expert.

Mr Seitz took over the chairman position and explained the modalities of the scoring and completion of the scoring sheets.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Official 11 months data: Georgia earns $155m by exporting 70m bottles of wine

08.12.2017 (Hvino News). According to official data, Georgia exported 70.2 million bottles of wine to 52 countries from January to November 2017, adding $154.8 million to the economy.

Revenue increased by 49 percent from the same period in 2016, while the volume of exports increased by 54 percent, the National Wine Agency (NWA) reported.

The top five countries that imported Georgian wine in January-November 2017 were:

Russia – 43,903,947 bottles
Ukraine – 7,660,334 bottles
China – 6,736,081 bottles
Kazakhstan – 3,096,879 bottles
Poland – 2,388,352 bottles

Wine exports also increased to the European Union (EU), China and other traditional export markets for Georgia.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Presentation of Georgian wine in Japan

07.12.2017. The grand presentation and tasting events of Georgian wine were held in Tokyo and Osaka, which were led by National Wine Agency's contractor Kenichi Ohashi, Master of Wine.

The event held in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, was attended by the Ambassador of Georgia to Japan Levan Tsintsadze, deputy head of NWA Andro Aslanishvili and advisor to the Chairman Davit Tkemaladze.

Presentation of Georgian wine was attended by public and media representatives. They had the opportunity to taste the wines of the following companies: Chateau Mukhrani, Papari Valley, Shumi, Lagvinari, Giuaani, Orgo and Winery Khareba. The tasting in Tokyo, along with Kenichi Ohashi, was also led by Japanese sommelier Hiroshi Yishida, and in Osaka - sommelier Satoru Mori.

Japan is one of the progressive export markets for Georgian wine. According to 11 months' data of the current year, 155 thousand bottles of wine were exported to this country, which is 8% higher than the similar data of the  last year.

On the invitation of the National Wine Agency, Kenichi Ohashi has visited Georgia twice this year to research Georgian wine market. In addition, Kenichi Ohashi published articles about Georgian wine  in the last two issues of Japanese magazines Sommelier and WANDS.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Badagoni opens Georgian cultural center in China

05.12.2017 (Hvino News). A new Center of Georgian Culture in China was opened by Badagoni wine company in partnership with its local partner in China.

The Georgian cultural center in the city of Taixing (Jiangsu province) is situated in an attractive building of original design, with a considerable adjacent territory. The roomy halls are equipped to demonstrate Georgia's attractions, culture, and history. Special attention is paid to Georgian traditional wine-making and wines produced by Badagoni.

“I would like to congratulate Georgian wine lovers with this important event and also would like to express thanks to the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia for supporting us in promotion of Georgian wine throughout the world” – said Giorgi Salakaia, the owner of Badagoni company.

In exclusive interview to Hvino News,  Badagoni explained that the center is a private investment of Badagoni’s Chinese partner. "We are planning further expansion of this Center and similar activities in China and also in other countries", - pointed out Giorgi Salakaia.

U.S. food service experts predict doubling sales of Georgian wines in 2018

05.12.2017 (Hvino News). A major resource for America's food service industry Nation’s Restaurant News included Georgian wine in its list of  "8 food and drink predictions for 2018", published every year by Bret Thorn, NRN senior editor.

In the section on Georgian wine, the NRN's "8 food and drink predictions for 2018" reads:
"Wine drinkers are looking for something new, natural and with a compelling story, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia delivers all three. With a wine-making tradition going back thousands of years, Georgia is exporting wines that are inexpensive, kind of funky and, in many cases, all-natural. Sommeliers are starting to rave about them, and major cookbooks and wine books about Georgia have been published this year. Possibly thanks to a push from the country’s agriculture ministry, sales of Georgian wines in the U.S. are projected to rise by 50 percent or more this year, according to a publicist for Georgian wine".
Nation’s Restaurant News describes itself as "leading resource for business intelligence in the foodservice industry".

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Georgia won 20 awards at International Wine Challenge 2018

05.12.2017 (Hvino News). The results of the "Tranche 1" of prestigious wine competition International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2018, held in London, were officially announced.

7 wine companies from Georgia won 20 awards, including 1 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze, 5 " commended" awards.

The list of awarded wines follows: