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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Georgian wine hits Chinese wine store shelves

19.09.2017. For the first time ever, Georgian wine will be sold at the stores of Cheers Wines in the Chinese capital of Beijing reaching a market of 22 million consumers.

From today on, locals or guests living in Beijing will be able to buy Georgian wine at the stores of Cheers Wines, announced the Georgian National Wine Agency.

Cheers Wines is a Chinese wine import company headquartered in Beijing with partner stores throughout China.

In order to promote Georgian wine Cheers Wines will hold wine tasting events in its 45 stores, where all people will be invited to sample Georgian wine for free.

Cheers Wines was founded in China in 2008 by the Masueger family, originally from Switzerland, who had been in the wine business since 1898.

"The Drinks Business" published detailed report from a recent trip to Georgia

19.09.2017 (Hvino News). Last week Hvino News reported about Chinese wine professionals visiting Georgia. Now that tour already started to bear PR fruit, as The Drinks Business just published "Georgia in pictures" - a detailed account of  the Georgian trip prepared by the group's member.

Natalie Wang, online editor at The Drinks Business in Hong Kong, published a collection of over 20 slides from the trip, with her comments, "rounding up some pictorial highlights from her immersive trip to explore various indigenous grape varieties, its qvevri winemaking and its delicious traditional food".

Here is photo and a comment: "Archil [Guniava - HN] is showing the Krakhuna grape variety grown in his vineyards in Imereti region. One of the oldest grape varieties in Georgia, the white variety is predominately grown in Imereti in western Georgia. The grape is thick-skinned, resistant to frost – a common climate hazard in western Georgia – and is described as “crunchy” by the winemaker. The grape is often blended with other Imeretian varieties including Tsitska and Tsolikouri to make white wines". To see all  20 slides, go to source.

The London-based The Drinks Business is self-described as "global leading drinks trade publication, at the forefront of what is happening in the drinks industry."

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

First "Georgian Vintage" in France

16.09.2017 (Hvino News). Recently Giorgi Chkheidze, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, participated in the first "Georgian vintage" in Antibes, France.

Georgian winemaker and former rugby player Ilia Kakhoidze with French partner Gérard Germain planted a vineyard of Georgian varieties Mujuretuli and Kakhuri Mtsvane on a half hectare land at Juan les Pins, near Antibes, in the French Riviera (read more here: Corsican fan of Georgian wine)

According to the deputy minister, popularization of Georgian wine is crucial to maximizing its export potential.  In this regard, France is strategically important.

“We have come from Georgia with  qvevris, satsnakheli and all the traditional attributes that Georgian wine-makers and viticulturists use. We have also built a marani here. Everyone can come here because it is also a showroom”,- said Ilia Kakhoidze.

“With the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and National Wine Agency, Georgian wine producing companies take part in virtually all the prestigious exhibitions of international importance, which is a decisive factor for establishing Georgian wines in world markets. However, it should be noted that promotion of our wines by Georgian and French wine-makers in Antibes has different meaning. The ancient culture of Georgian viticulture and winemaking is clearly provided here”,- noted Giorgi Chkheidze.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Vintage in Kakheti entered active phase

15.09.2017 (Hvino News). During the 2017 vintage, Kakheti Region farmers have earned 32.2 mn GEL from sales of grapes to winemaking companies, according to National Wine Agency data.

As of September 14, companies have processed 29.7 thousand tons of grapes in Kakheti Region, including 12 000 tons of Rkatsiteli, 14.8 thousand tons of Saperavi, 1.2 thousand tons of Kakhuri Mtsvane.

According to municipalities,  situation is the following: Kvareli – 11,2 thousand tons,  Signaghi - 6 thousand tons, Telavi – 3,8 thousand tons, Gurjaani – 4,5 thousand tons, Dedoplistskaro – 2,1 thousand tons,  Akhmeta - 820 tons, Lagodekhi - 866 tons and Sagarejo - 396 tons.

Daily processing exceeded 4.2 thousand tons and this signifies the vintage has entered active phase in Kakheti Region. At this stage, the vintage coordination board has registered 157 winemaking companies, of which 79 ones are participating in the grapes processing.

Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Mayor Alain Juppe visited Georgian wine exhibition in Bordeaux

15.09.2017 (Hvino News). Bordeaux is hosting an exhibition called "Georgia, Cradle of Viticulture" at the world wine civilization centre Cité des Civilisations Du Vin today. Today Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe visited Georgian wine exhibition in Bordeaux.

Prime Minister Kvirikashvili said: "Wine is the major marker of Georgia’s national identity, just as ‘exquisite taste in everything’ is a big part of France’s national identity. I am very proud to be here and take part in this remarkable event. Today, in this Citadel of Winemaking, Bordeaux, we are celebrating the Cradle of Winemaking, Georgia. Eight thousand years is enough time to turn a leisurely activity into a critical element of national identity. And that’s exactly what happened with Georgia”.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Winery Khareba's chief winemaker on what makes the brand a winner

by Katie Ruth Davies

14.09.2017. Winery Khareba won the gold medal at the prestigious competition Mundus Vini International Wine Award 2017 in Germany for its Mukuzani Dry Red Wine (read more here)

Nearly 164 international wine experts from 41 countries judged wines from more than 150 wine growing regions all over the world in the globally recognized summer competition.

Georgia Today spoke to Vladimer Kublashvili, Chief Winemaker and Production Director at Winery Khareba, which was established in 1995.

“Winery Khareba works to maintain the unique vine culture and winemaking using both ancient methods and modern technologies; consequently, the Company produces high-quality wines,” Kublashvili tells us. “Winery Khareba produces over 35 different kinds of wine from the best Eastern and Western Georgian varieties of grape and contributes to the safeguarding of Georgia's unique culture of viticulture”.

Debra Meiburg leads Chinese wine professionals visiting Georgia

14.09.2017. (Hvino News) A group of wine importers and journalists from China is visiting Georgia for a week. Guests will see wine cellars and companies in Kartli, Kakheti, Imereti, Guria and Samegrelo.

The 13-member group is led by the wine master Debra Meiburg MW, who is the contractor of the Georgian National Wine Agency.

"I am once again in one of my favourite countries as I want to present Georgian wine to the Asian market. I want to introduce them to the culture that is behind [Georgian] wines, also the people, food and hospitality, character and history that makes these wines so special. I am excited that we are visiting the country during the grape harvest period and are able to taste grapes directly from the vineyards,” said Ms. Meiburg, - "It's wonderful to be in Georgia during the harvest, it's such an exciting moment, we can taste grapes from first hand, and really better understand the fruit strait from the vine to really better understand the skins and the flavours and everything that goes into making these wines so special."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

GWS brings the Feast of Bacchus back to Georgia (where it belongs)

13.09.2017 (Hvino News) Yes, you read it correctly: the legendary Feast of Bacchus belongs to the ancient Georgia as rightfully as to the ancient Greece and Rome. The explanation lies in the history, when the Kingdoms of Colchis and Iberia were part of the Greek civilization, and the Argonauts could have searched for the Golden Fleece in the same valleys where GWS now gathers the crops for its wine production.

So it's not without reason that the winery GWS decided to revive Feast of Bacchus in today's Georgia, launching its new premium range TAMADA Grand Reserve in the refined atmosphere of unfading ancient classics. On September 9th, the legend came true on the GWS premises in Telavi, Kakheti, where nymphs and fawns mingled among VIP guests.

Monday, September 11, 2017

9 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2017 Summer Tasting

11.09.2017 (Hvino News). 9 Georgian wines have won top awards at prestigious competition Mundus Vini 2017 Summer Tasting in Germany. The awards were announced recently.

The Gold medals were awarded to:

2013 Mukuzani, Corporation Kindzmarauli ("Best of Show Georgia")
2016 Marani Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar
2014 Marani Mukuzani, Telavi Wine Cellar
2013 Marani Kondoli Vineyards Sami, Telavi Wine Cellar
2015 Mukuzani Kachetien, Shilda Winery
2014 Mukuzani, Winery Khareba
2013 Kvareli, Koncho&Co

The Silver medals were awarded to:

2014 Marani Kondoli Vineyards Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar
2014 Satrapezo Saperavi, Telavi Wine Cellar

Thursday, September 7, 2017

ICC Press Release Regarding Judge Vladimer Kakabadze

07.09.2017. On 8 September 2017 at 11.00, Tbilisi City Court will hear the case brought by Judge Vladimir Kakabadze against the Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia Mr. Fady Asly.

In his claim Judge Kakabadze pretends that by accusing him of being corrupt, Mr. Asly has damaged his dignity and his reputation.

Judge Vladimir Kakabadze had issued two different rulings against Philip Morris and British American Tobacco penalizing them cumulatively for 138 million American Dollars based on a law that does not exist in Georgia. The Appellate Court later overturned his unlawful rulings after a broad local and international condemnation of his crooked decision.

On March 24, 2017 the International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia had filed an official complaint against judge Kakabadze at the High Council of Justice requesting his full investigation.

Official: 8 months' data of wine and spirits export

07.09.2017 (Hvino News). According to official data, in January-August 2017, 45,3 million bottles (0,75l) of wine have been exported to 44 countries worldwide, that is 61% higher than the similar data of the last year. In the period under review, 100,3 million USD worth of wine have been exported, that is 55% higher than the data of previous year.

Top five importers are: Russia, China, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Poland.

“According to the export data of 8 months, wine export has grown by 61% compared to same period of previous year. Wine realization income has grown by 55%. Georgian wine sales has grown to EU, South-East Asia, USA and other countries, which is a result of coordinated work and well planed marketing activity of the Ministry of Agriculture, National Wine Agency and wine sector”- stated Giorgi Samanishvili, the head of National Wine Agency.

Winners of First International Competition of Qvevri Wine revealed

07.09.2017 (Hvino News). During the 4th International Symposium of Qvevri wine, The First International Competition of Qvevri Wine  was held at Ikalto Qvevri School-Academy.  150 wines from Georgia, France, Serbia, Slovenia and others countries competed for 22 Gold, 20 Silver and 29 Bronze Medals, which were awarded recently  at Ikalto Monastery Complex.

Gold medals were won by the following wines:

✔ Beroza Wine Cellar  Saperavi Dry Red 2015;

✔ Giuaani  Mtsvane Qvevri Dry White 2014;

✔ Binekhi  Saperavi of Qvevri Red Dry 2015;

✔ Binekhi  Mcvane Qvevri  Dry White  2015;

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Georgia looks East for its greatest wine hope

by Natalie Wang

05.09.2017. Riding on the back of strong Georgian wine export performance to China and a newly signed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries, Georgian wines are racking up interest among trade professionals and consumers, bolstered by expected exemption of 14% import tariff on Georgian wines which could take effect as early as the end of this year.

“With the implementation of the China-Georgia Free Trade Agreement, where wines from Georgia will be granted 0% import tax, along with wider of initiatives as part of the Chinese government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, even stronger growth is predicted,” said Debra Meiburg MW, who has just hosted a Georgian Wine Festival event series across four Asian cities – Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong – that showcased more than 80 Georgian wines.

Currently, the ancient winemaking country in the Caucasus has already become China’s 12th biggest wine importer, just behind Germany and ahead of Canada.

From January to July, China imported 3.08 million litres of wine from Georgia worth about US$10.87 million, representing a significant 126.2% jump in volume and 120.1% jump in value over the same period last year, according to figures from the China Association for Import and Exports of Wine & Spirits.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Georgian wines get top awards at Japan's international wine competition

31.08.2017 (Hvino News). Today the results of the Japan Wine Challenge 2017 (JWC) competition became known. This year 8 Georgian wines won the highest awards in Japan.

The top platinum medal and Regional Trophy went to Saperavi 2015 by Chigogidze Wines. The Vaziani Company won two gold medals and a Regional Trophy.

Natia Metreveli, CEO of Vaziani Company, commented to Hvino News: "This day is very special for our company. Vaziani Company wine from Makashvili Wine Cellar - Khikhvi (2016 Vintage) was awarded with Regional Wine Trophy (best Georgian white wine) and with the Gold Medal. Gold medal was also awarded to another qvevri wine - Mtsvane (2016 Vintage). As far as I know this is the first time when Georgian wine Khikhvi gets the highest award in international wine contests. It's very important that old and rare Georgian grape varieties are becoming more and more popular."

"I would like to kindly congratulate our colleagues from Chigogidze Wines with winning the highest award. We know that feeling how proud they would be and we wish more success to other Georgian companies in favor of Georgian wine development, " - added Vaziani's Natia Metreveli interviewed by Hvino News.

Full list of Georgian winemakers' awards:

Platinum:
  • Chigogidze Wines Saperavi 2015 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Vintage Coordination Staff" in Telavi to assist the winegrowers

30.08.2017 (Hvino News). In Telavi (Kakheti) "Coordination Staff of Vintage 2017" was opened. The opening was attended by the deputy ministers of agriculture Iuri Nozadze and Revaz Asatiani, the  head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, state representative in Kakheti Region – Governor Irakli Kadagishvili and representatives of municipalities and wine companies.

“Taking into consideration the current conjuncture of the wine industry, there is no need to issue a subsidy on the grapes in Kakheti region this year. In recent years, the stable wine  export has  increased the interest of the private sector in buying grapes. This year, viticulturist will not have problems with the delivery of grapes", - stated Iuri Nozadze.

"Vintage Coordination Staff" is organized by National Wine Agency, Ministries of Agriculture, Economy and Sustainable Development and Internal Affairs, NAPR Agricultural Project Management Agency and representatives of local  (Kakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Svaneti Regions) governments.

Wine experts from the US visit Georgia

30.08.2017 (Hvino News) A group of sommeliers and wine importers from the United States are visiting Georgia. The guests will visit 18 local wine-producing companies.

The group of seven wine professionals from the US is led by Lisa Granik, Master of Wine. Previously, Lisa Granik organized several visits of American wine experts, as well as Georgian wine tasting events across the USA.

As Granik said the quality of Georgian wine has been improving year after year.

The US is one of the growing export markets for Georgian wines. During the first seven months of 2017, Georgia exported 236,000 bottles of wine to the US, which was 89 percent more compared to the same period of 2016.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Georgia to host 4th Qvevri Wine International Symposium

by Thea Morrison

28.08.2017. On September 1-3, the fourth International Symposium of Qvevri Wine will be held at the Ikalto Qvevri School-Academy, organized by the Georgian Wine Association.

The National Wine Agency (NWA) reports that the aim of the event is to familiarize Georgian society and foreign specialists with the unique qvevri winemaking methodology, its history and culture, and also to provide guests with information about Georgian wines, grape varieties and Georgian cuisine.

The first international tournament of qvevri wine will be held this year within the framework of the Symposium with both Georgian and foreign winemakers participating. The winner of the competition will be announced on September 3 at the closing ceremony of the event.

Scientists, wine experts, sommeliers and journalists from various countries are expected to attend.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Georgian wine listed among world's best rosé wines by "Condé Nast Traveler"

25.08.2017 (Hvino News). A Georgian rosé wine was recently listed in Condé Nast Traveler's list of "The 15 Best Rosé Wines from Around the World". Condé Nast Traveler is American  luxury travel magazine.

"The 15 Best Rosé Wines from Around the World" is a list compiled by Condé Nast Traveler's author Krisanne Fordham, published on August 24.

The magazine article reads: "In the past year alone, rosé sales have more than doubled, raking in a whopping $258 million in sales, which, according to wine experts, can be attributed to rosé’s rising popularity amongst millennials and its growing cachet. And while French rosé is still the most popular, nowadays, some of the best rosé wines are made outside of France. With the help of some wine experts, we’ve rounded up 15 amazing rosés around the world."

The Georgian wine featured in the list is 2015 Pheasant's Tears Tavkveri Rosé:

“Hailing from a country with 8,000 years of vitis vinifera history—and still producing 525 indigenous grape varieties—it’s safe to say that this is the oldest rosé you’ll ever try,” says Payne of this peach-colored Georgian wine. “Tavkveri, when made into rosé, has a balsamic strawberries-and-sage character running through the palate. This is the rosé for red wine lovers when it's too hot outside to be drinking red wine.”

Monday, August 21, 2017

Georgian Wine Festival 2017 in South East Asia

21.08.2017 (Hvino News). Georgian wine is the rising star of China’s wine market, with exports increasing 100% or more annually since 2008. 2017 Georgian Wine Festival features exclusive sessions for wine industry professionals and the media, and also wine lovers.

Singapore Station: Georgian Wine Lunch pairing Singaporean Cuisine

Date: 28 AUG 2017 (Mon); Time: 12:30; Venue: National Kitchen by Violet Oon, 1 St. Andrew’s Road #02–01, National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Fee: Free.

Highlights:
    5-course Singapore Cuisine pairing with 10 premium Georgian wines.
    Food elements to highlight the pairing friendliness of Georgian wine, and the diversity of wine styles.
    A full spectrum of wine styles, including: sparkling to still, semi-sweet to dry, traditional qvervi to modern, whites to reds.
    The authentic Georgian wine styles & indigenous grapes would be introduced.
    2 Masters of Wine, Honorary Consul of Georgia, sommeliers and leaders from local wine firms.

Shanghai Station: Masterclass and Tasting (Trade & Media only)

Date: 30 Aug 2017 (Wed); Time: 14:00-15:30 Masterclass, 16:00-18:00 Grand Tasting (Trade & Media)
Venue: The House of Roosevelt -Bund 27, 27 Zhongshan East 1st Rd, Wai Tan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai, China
Fee: Free.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Saperavi World Prize updates: Georgian winemakers participation discussed; Embassies support SapPrize and more USA contestants join

18.08.2017 (Hvino News). The Saperavi World Prize (SapPrize) international wine contest being organized by Hvino News is gaining momentum. Here is a summary of recent updates of SapPrize project:

Participation of Georgian winemakers in SapPrize

Answering a question of  American wine blogger, SapPrize project manager Inge Olsson explained the reason why SapPrize is open to foreign winemakers only: “The small country of Georgia has over 300 wineries, and nearly all of them use Saperavi. Since our contest entry is free, we could have got hundreds of samples from Georgian producers, so few foreign entries would be outnumbered".

"Their chances of winning would be very low, and we were worried that next year the foreign winemakers would lose interest in participation, and contest would become just another national one, not international as intended. SapPrize's aim is to help the international growers of Saperavi, and to develop their communication with Georgia, not to position Georgia as a rival”, - noted Inge. Read more here.

“Now that you explained the logic it makes perfect sense. I agree keeping the international competition entirely international is the correct decision for all involved”, - commented the blog’s author from Pennsylvania, USA.

Inge Olsson further commented the question of Georgian winemakers participation in SapPrize: “This is very important question, as we are receiving requests from Georgian companies.  Georgian brands cannot enter SapPrize, but because they are not competing they are allowed to use it for advertising, as sponsors. We do understand that Georgian and foreign winemakers want to compete  directly, and we are working to solve this. Our proposal is to grant entry to one of national Georgian contests to the prize-winners of SapPrize. This is under discussion, as depends on the organizers of national contests. All proposals from Georgian wine community welcome!”

Embassies support SapPrize

Saperavi World Prize has received official letters of support from two Georgian Embassies: Embassy to Australia in Canberra, and Embassy to USA in Washington. "It is a great advertisement strategy. We are fully supporting this initiative and willing to provide any assistance, if necessary" - pointed out the Georgian diplomatic representatives in connection with Saperavi World Prize. 

SapPrize organizers commented: “We are very thankful for this support and encouragement from the representatives of Georgian Foreign Ministry. In the current list of SapPrize participants, the major part of winemakers are from Australia and USA (see Participants section)

More USA contestants join in 

Finally, SapPrize is happy to welcome three news contestants from USA, who joined last week: Château Niagara, Fero Vineyards, and McGregor Vineyard, which is the oldest commercial producer of Saperavi wines in the United States.

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Agriculture minister and NWA head invited wine industry leaders to vintage preparatory meeting

18.08.2017. Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Levan Davitashvili and Head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili met with the representatives of wine and alcoholic beverage companies regarding the organizational issues of vintage 2017.

The Minister noted that both the government and the private sector are perfectly ready  to carry out  the vintage properly.

“We have all the preconditions for successful vintage. Grape harvest is quite large, and at the same time  wine export has increased. Vintage-related issues are organized - The Government has approved vintage supportive measures. At today's meeting we talked with companies about the details and procedures that are prescribed by the government's decree. The meeting was very important and productive, we received information from the companies about actual issues related to vintage. We believe that we will be able to successfully and effectively conduct the vintage season with the maximum coordination and organization”- stated Levan Davitashvili.

According to Giorgi Samanishvili, Chairman of National Wine Agency, the growing export of wine is one of the prerequisites for successful vintage.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Georgian whisky wins silver awards at World Whisky Masters 2017

16.08.2017 (Hvino News). Georgian whisky Jimsher has won  silver awards at  World Whisky Masters 2017competition  in London.

"The first round of the competition, Europe – Blended Standard, produced two Silver medalists hailing from Georgia: “easy drinking” Jimsher From Georgian Brandy Casks and “waxy, fruity” Jimsher From Tsinandali Casks. Moving into the Europe – Blended Premium round and Jimsher’s success continued, with Jimsher From Saperavi Casks securing a further Silver for its “gorgeous nose”, - reads the article on The World Whisky Masters 2017 results, published in The Spirits Business by editor Amy Hopkins.

The Spirits Business is international spirits magazine and the organizer of World Whisky Masters contest.

On the whole, judges were pleasantly surprised by the level of quality on display, and were excited at the prospect of more varieties coming to market and challenging consumer expectations. As judge Chris Tanner concluded: “Forget what you think you know about world whisky. There’s a whole world out there.”

Friday, August 11, 2017

"Wine Enthusiast" on Georgia and orgins of winemaking

11.08.2017 (Hvino News). Leading American magazine Wine Enthusiast in a recent article is asking the question: Where Does Wine Really Come From? The author Dylan Garrett says that "Europe was relatively late to the game when it comes to winemaking, and the original inventors of our favorite fermented beverage are staging a comeback".

At a recent event hosted by Smithsonian Associates in Washington winemakers and wine historians examined who could in fact claim to be the original creators of wine. "While it’s hard to pinpoint where the first fermented grape beverage was made, researchers traced the origins of domesticated grapes to an area around the headwaters of the Tigris River in Turkey", - reads the article.

Dylan Garrett further highlights ancient Georgian, Armenian, and Lebanese wine traditions:

"Saperavi, for example, is a source of national pride in Georgia. It’s one of the few teinturier grapes—meaning its flesh and skin are both red—used in single-varietal production. It accounts for the vast majority of the nation’s red-wine production, but is rarely seen outside the area other than isolated plantings around New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Saperavi World Prize covered by Australian mass medias

10.08.2017 (Hvino News). Saperavi World Prize, organized  by Hvino News this year for the first time, has recently received significant media coverage in Australia. High media's attention is caused by active participation of Australian winemakers in the contest in Georgia.

In Drinks Bulletin's article "Aussie winemakers dominate 2017 SapPrize entries"  the author Alana House writes:
Ever heard of a wine varietal called Saperavi?
Neither had we until we'd read that Australia was dominating the entries for the 2017 Saperavi World Prize.
Saperavi is the European nation of Georgia's signature grape. David Williams describes its grapes in The Guardian as producing "deeply coloured wines with a kind of wild, almost untamed intensity of tannin, finger-staining fruit and acidity that has very few peers."
Saperavi vines are found in Australia, United States, New Zealand, Central Europe, and former Soviet republics.
However, it's a relative unknown in many countries outside Europe. It was only recognised by the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as a variety in 2014.
"About 20 years ago there was an effort to clear up confusion and remove 'faux' grape names that were for marketing purposes only," Marti Macinski from Standing Stone, an entrant in the Saperavi World Prize, told the Star Gazette. "My guess is that no one was labeling a Saperavi in this country, so no one spoke up and said 'hey, let's include this grape' and it simply did not make the list." (full text here)
Dan Traucki, director of Wine Assist consultancy (Australia) writes:

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Things: Satavado's Tim Sozashvili on Georgian Wine






by Vivian Liu
 
08.08.2017. We ask Tim Sozashvili about drinking Georgian wine in China – and yes, that would be Georgia the country.

What is your connection to Georgian wine?

Every Georgian is somehow connected to wine. My grandfather has a vineyard and he makes wine at home, in Georgia. My uncle’s winery is 102 years old, and it’s been developing over a century to make the best wine possible. I’ve seen it and I grew up with it.

What’s so special about Georgian wine? 

It’s got a whole history behind it – Georgian wine is the oldest wine. Wine originated in the Caucasus, where Georgia is. French and Italian wines are famous, but wine culture spread there from the Caucasus – and recently French wine scholars finally admitted that Georgiais the cradle of winemaking.