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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

18 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2018 Spring Tasting

28.02.2018 (Hvino News). Record-breaking 18 Georgian wines have won top gold and silver awards at prestigious competition MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award 2018 in Germany:

The gold prizes were awarded to:

2013 Saperavi Premium (Best of Show Georgia) Winery Khareba
Alaverdi Tradition Dry Red Wine Badagoni
2013 Kakhetian Noble Badagoni
2015 Shilda Winery Napareuli Shilda Winery
2015 Saperavi Shilda Winery
2017 Vazis XIDI N°1 Saperavi Babutsa
2017 Vazis XIDI N°2 Saperavi Babutsa
2017 Vazis XIDI N°3 Saperavi Babutsa
2016 Zangaura Saperavi Georgian Wines

Monday, February 26, 2018

"The Financial": Georgia’s European perspective, or Badagoni taken away from owners?!

The Financial
26.02.2018. Since the “Georgian Dream” came into power in 2013, Georgia has significantly improved all social and economic parameters. According to the assessments of the World Economic Forum and other international organizations Georgia has been dynamically improving its competitiveness, protection of property rights and independence of the justice system. According to the Economic Freedom Rating of the Fraser Institute, Georgia is on the 5th place in the world.

Taking this into account, it is all the more surprising to witness the events that have taken place during the past weeks with regard to the leader of the Georgian wine industry – Badagoni, number one among the Georgian wine exporter companies.

On the 7th of February, Investigation Service of Ministry of Finance of Georgia, without any preliminary notification, brutally intruded into company Badagoni’s office. To many, this reminded the infamous practices widely used by the previous government.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Badagoni Brut voted "Best Sparkling" by Asian Wine Review

25.02.2018 (Hvino News) For the first time in the history of Georgian wine Badagoni Brut  was awarded with the 2018 Trophy "Best Sparkling" at the prestigious Asian Wine Review (AWR) International Wine Competition.

Badagoni's wine received a rating of 97, and is characterized as follows: "Good colour, refreshing nose, showing varietal characters and complexity, fine bubbles, floral and citrus, long saline finish with hints of minerality. Balanced, well-made, great effort".

The award ceremony will be held on March 10, 2018 in Hong Kong, where Mr. Giorgi Salakaia, the owner and CEO of Badagoni is invited to receive the award.

The Asian Wine Review is the world’s most trusted guide to Asian wine production, helping consumers worldwide in making better wine selections and helping wine producers obtain professional feedback.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Our Blood Is Wine' documentary to be released in USA (with video)

24.02.2018 (Hvino News). The documentary titled Our Blood Is Wine, premiered this month at the Berlin Film Festival, will be released in select US theaters starting March 9th.

Our Blood Is Wine is about families in Georgia who revive 8,000 year old winemaking traditions that were almost lost during the era of Soviet domination. Our Blood Is Wine is directed by American filmmaker Emily Railsback, making her feature debut after a few other short docs previously.

Filmmaker Emily Railsback and award-winning sommelier Jeremy Quinn provide intimate access to rural family life in Georgia as they explore the rebirth of  winemaking traditions. By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture. The revival of traditional winemaking is the central force driving this powerful, independent and autonomous nation to find its 21st century identity.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Vaziani Winery and Chigogidze Wines receive top awards in Tokyo

21.02.2018 (Hvino News). Georgian winemakers received top prizes at 20th awarding ceremony of the International competition “Japan Wine Challenge” which was held  in Tokyo.

Zurab Chigogidze received the awards won by his company Chigogidze Wines for its Saperavi 2015: the highest award – Platinum Medal - and Regional Trophy as the best red wine from Georgia. Read more at: Georgian wines get top awards at Japan's international wine competition

2 gold medals were awarded to Natia Metreveli, the head of Vaziani Company, for Makashivli Marani Mtsvane 2016 and Khikhvi 2016. Khikhvi 2016 also received a Regional Trophy as the best white wine from Georgia.

Her Highness Princess Takamado greeted the winners, among them were representatives of Georgian wine companies.The official  sponsor of the evening was Vaziani Winery.

Georgian wine was also showcased in the cities of Tokyo and Osaka last week. In total over 100 wine varieties from 35 Georgian companies were represented at wine events in both Japanese cities. About 750 wine professionals attended the Georgian wine events in Tokyo and Osaka.

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The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

Monday, February 19, 2018

22 year-old Anano Vekua is first Georgian winemaker in South Africa

19.02.2018. ”Recently, Agricultural University of Georgia student Anano Vekua became the first Georgian winemaker girl in South Africa,”- On.ge reports.

”I’ve always liked the idea of producing wine. My sister recommended me to attend Agrarian University’s presentation, where I realized I felt extremely free.  wine making-viticulture sounded very interesting, where I could use my favorite science direction - chemistry. I decided to take a risk and prove producing wine is not just for men.

As for South Africa, there is a project, organized by The Embassy of Georgia in South Africa, Consulate of South Africa, the National Wine Agency and the South African-Georgian Chamber of Commerce, within this employees are exchanged between wine companies.

“The Georgian Winery Corporation” has given me the opportunity to participate in this project and become the first Georgian woman winemaker in South Africa, the second largest factory in the country, called Robertson. The company produces all types of wine, mainly French varieties. For example, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon …They don’t use Georgian types yet, although we’ve discussed with main winemakers there, and they need our characteristic grapes. If they want to use Georgian varieties, it will be a long, but important and wonderful story.

I will stay in South Africa for two months. Here’s a vintage now and I take a part in every process. They include me in various operations daily, sometimes I help with filtration, starting fermentation and control or wine processing.

 
The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

Friday, February 16, 2018

Saperavi World Prize 2017 announces results, awards Grand Prizes

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze “Azarpeshas” – the grand prizes of Saperavi World Prize 2017 (“SapPrize”) international wine contest – were presented to Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives of the winner countries at a special award ceremony on February 15.

The Grand Prize winners are: Saperavi winemakers from Australia - Grand Gold, USA - Grand Silver; Kazakhstan - Grand Bronze. Wines of best-known Georgian variety from all over the world were judged in Georgia for the first time at SapPrize contest organized by us - the wine news publisher Hvino News.

16.02.2018 (Hvino News) Saperavi World Prize Award Ceremony was held at IArt Gallery in Tbilisi. Officials, diplomats, businesspeople, wine experts, and journalists attended the VIP event. The organizer of SapPrize is wine news resource Hvino News, published daily since 2012 in two languages, with a total traffic of nearly two million page views. SapPrize is a joint project of Hvino.com and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

The Grand Gold Prize was awarded to Cirami Estate 2015 Saperavi from Australia. "The Gold Azarpesha" was presented to David Kereselidze, Director of Department of Asia, Africa, Australia and Pacific Rim of Georgian Foreign Ministry. The foreign Ministry will deliver the precious prize to Georgian Embassy in Australia, which will present it to the winner in Canberra.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Official January's data: Wine export growing

09.02.2018 (Hvino News). According to official data, in January 2018 Georgia exported 5.12 mn bottles of wine to 24 countries, that is 18% higher than last year. In total 11.4 mn USD worth of wine was exported, that is 31% higher than last year.

Export growth is remarkable in the following countries: Japan 95% (26892), Kazakhstan - 108% (220776), Hong Kong - 100% (15486), Latvia - 90% (116226), Ukraine – 55% (624030), Russia - 24% (3534780), Poland - 13% (177018), Israel - 12% (19680), Czech Republic - 445% (6654), Netherlands - 39% (2248).

Top five importers are: Russia (3534780), Ukraine (624030), China (250238), Kazakhstan (220776) and Poland (177018).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Head of Badagoni rejected accusations

08.02.2018 (Hvino News) Two plants of Badagoni wine company suspended operation on February 7, after the investigators from the Ministry of Finance showed up at the company headquarters in the morning.

Officers of Investigation Service of Finance Ministry are studying financial documentation in the framework of a criminal case involving the misappropriation of the company's shares. A criminal case was launched upon the application of Vladimer Janjghava, a former shareholder, who demands return of his shares.

At a press conference George Salakaia, the current owner of Badagoni, asked the Prime Minister to interfere in the process. "I categorically appeal to the government of Georgia, and the Prime Minister: Mr. George, you know my attitude to my country. I am the father of seven children. You know my attitude to this industry, I very ask you to interfere in this matter today. I say sincerely, in front of all television cameras: I and my colleagues will not concede Badagoni to the end of our lives", said Mr. Salakaia.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Georgian qvevri producers at natural wine shows in France

06.02.2018 (Hvino News). Georgian qvevri wine producers participated in the exhibitions of natural wines in France: "Les Penitentes" in Angers and "La Dive Boutteille" in Saumur.

“Les Penitentes " and " La Dive Boutteille " were attended by hundreds of winemakers from different parts of the world.

"La Dive Boutteille" is the largest and most popular natural wine exhibition in France, hosted by famous French winemakers. The exhibition attracts wine importers and professionals from different countries specializing in natural wines. In "Les Penitentes" traditionally participate the world's most famous "natural" wine producers. This year the Georgian stand was visited by  famous expert Isabelle Legeron MW.

Monday, February 5, 2018

British Channel 5 airs show on Georgian wine (with video)

05.02.2018. Georgian wine has captured the attention of British commercial television network Channel 5 and its programme, "The Wine Show”.

The show, which debuted in 2016, recently aired an episode that exhibited the rich history of Georgian wine, vine and winemaking traditions.

"Georgia seems to have the most solid evidence - at the moment! 8000 year old pips have been carbon dated from a wine cask and since then, the Georgians have been making wine the same unique way in an unbroken line”, the episode says about Georgian wine.

The crew of ‘The Wine Show’ visited Georgia’s wine-making region of Kakheti, where they visited a Kakhetian farmer’s wine cellar. There, the farmer introduced them to the old Georgian traditional winemaking method using the qvevri.