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: