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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Caucasian Journal and Hvino News offer free advertising as support for businesses, call for other mass medias to join

http://english.caucasianjournal.org/We know that many businesses – both small and big – are impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. Many companies face a long road ahead as they try to rebuild themselves following the lockdown. In this difficult time, we believe that businesses must show maximum support to each other.

We’ve listened to businesses to understand how we can support them. Caucasian Journal and its sister business news sites including Hvino News and Hvino Novosti decided to give companies struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic free advertising.

From 22 May all the companies in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan are eligible to apply free banner advertising to use across the Caucasian Journal and our sister business news sites including Hvino News and Hvino Novosti

The successful applicants will be matched up to a dedicated account manager for full support. Caucasian Journal will also offer free graphic design support if necessary. The duration of free advertising period will be limited to one month per one company.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Read the latest from Caucasian Journal: Caucasus during coronavirus pandemic, and world after COVID

Read the latest articles from our sister project Caucasian Journal:

CJ dedicated several articles to coronavirus, and added a special COVID page to our main menu: This page is equipped with widgets where readers can find real-time data on COVID situation in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan. "Georgia follows Japan trajectory," - argues an expert. See our COVID data widget below.

Economic and political aspects of the coronavirus pandemic are in focus of CJ's recent interviews with Director of World Bank for South Caucasus, and Director for Global Program at International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (former director of NDI Georgia).

The Swedish response to COVID-19 is in the focus of the world's attention today. But how does it feel to recover from coronavirus in a Swedish hospital? And when the patient happens to be a former ambassador to Georgia Per EKLUND, Caucasus Journal is especially keen about his comments.

Do you care about improving quality of life in South Caucasus? Are you concerned about quality of education, air pollution, or road safety? Then you might want to know how the same problems have been solved in other countries.  CJ has published exclusive interviews with top experts on reforms in city management, clean energy, school education

Below you may find real time statistical data on corona virus situation in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan:
 

You are welcome to use this COVID widget for your page. Contact us to get embedding code.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 situation in Georgia and South Caucasus

Hvino's sister publication Caucasian Journal has added a special COVID Page to its main menu. On that page the readers can find real time statistical data on corona virus situation in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan.


You are welcome to use this COVID widget for your page. Contact us to get embedding code.

We will be adding more tools to visualize the COVID data, as well as links to useful resources.

Caucasian Journal's COVID Page can be found at https://english.caucasianjournal.org/p/covid.html. 


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Badagoni to donate its hand sanitizer to Ministry of Health

01.04.2020 (Hvino News) One of Georgia's largest wine producers Badagoni company started producing a hand sanitizer under Badagoni brand.

The product is 80% alcohol-based, and packed - unsurprisingly - in 180 ml mini wine bottles. The product is fully compliant with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.

According to company's statement, Badagoni hand santizer will be distributed free of charge to the Ministry of Health of Georgia, to help in government's efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia.

This is not an April 1 joke. Hvino News applauds the efforts of Badagoni and other Georgian wine makers who are making their  important contributions to the common struggle against corona virus.

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The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Telavi Wine Cellar contributes 300,000 GEL to StopCov Fund

26.03.2020 (Hvino News) A leading Georgian winemaker Telavi Wine Cellar announced that it has donated 300,000 GEL to StopCov Fund.

"Given the current state of affairs in the country, on behalf of each Telavi Wine Cellar employees, we would like to thank physicians, health care professionals, police crews, government agencies and all those who work against the spread of OVID-19 around the clock", - reads the company's statement. "From the very first day of the virus spread, our company has been following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, primarily for the safety of our staff. Employees at risk groups work remotely, and the enterprise continues to operate with specific guidelines in place to ensure smooth production and timely delivery of quality wines you are familiar with. Our employees are dedicated and proud people who work for you, so stay home and protect your surroundings. Wish you health!"

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Read the latest from Caucasian Journal: West European experts to share best reforms experience with Caucasian readership


Read the latest articles from our sister project Caucasian Journal:

Do you care about improving quality of life in South Caucasus? Are you concerned about quality of education, air pollution, or road safety? Then you might want to know how the same problems have been solved in other countries. For those people who want to learn about successful reforms, Caucasian Journal in 2020 started to interview the most competent high-level practitioners from Western Europe.

For its interviews under program called “Best Nordic and Baltic Practice”, the Tbilisi-based multilingual journal selects topics, which are most relevant to the countries of South Caucasian region.

The first interview published last week focuses on Estonian school reform, and how Georgians and Azerbaijani compare internationally with students of same age.

“Why did we invite an Estonian expert? Because the Estonian teenagers rank the highest in Europe”, - reads the article in Caucasian Journal. “Indeed, according to recent OECD PISA worldwide student assessment results, the Estonian 15-year olds have the Europe’s highest scores in all disciplines.”

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Startup Vault Wines has it all: Blockchain, Davos, Georgia

30.01.2020 (Hvino News). A Georgian wine project presentation during World Economic Forum in Davos sounds like quite an extraordinary event. Even more surprising is that the brand - Vault Wines -  is new and little-known. In fact, it is a startup initiated by a group of young people. Hvino News asked the leaders of Vault Wines some questions. We hope that answers provided by Ana Mirianashvili and Irakli Eliashvili will help our readers better understand the concept of this unusual project.

First of all, please clarify for our readers, what is Vault Wines – a technology startup, a wine brand, or a wine resort? 

Vault Wines is an open collaboration between Vault Wines team, Chelti Winery and KTW group to launch a new blockchain based winery supply chain management and authentication system, online retail store and a new luxury wine brand. Vault Wines targets small/medium sized global winery market for the software side of operations and exclusively ultra premium wine segment for luxury wine brand, as well as, expanding partnership and distribution channels internationally.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Japan Airlines First Class Lounge starts serving Georgian wine to passengers

18.01.2020 (Hvino News) For the first time, a Georgian wine has appeared in the menu of Japan Airlines First Class Lounge. A premium qvevri white wine Shalauri Cellars Rkatsiteli 2018 was selected by Japan Airlines for its prestigious wine list offered to first class passengers.

Georgian Shalauri wine displayed at JAL First Class Lounge at Narita airport, Japan
Shalauri Rkatsiteli is produced in village Shalauri in Kakheti. Previously, the wine achieved high ratings: 89 points from Wine Enthusiast, and 88 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Friday, January 17, 2020

London Wine Beer & Spirits Competitions promoted globally

17.01.2020. Hvino News is proud to become the official media partner of London Wine Competition.


When the London Wine Competition launched in 2017 it was the first global event of its kind to not just judge the wines on their quality, but also how much they cost, and what they looked like. It was soon followed by similar events to cover beers and spirits to create a full drinks awards programme.

Here’s details on how to enter the separate competitions for this year and the added benefits for doing so with publicity, partnerships and coverage at major trade fairs in Europe and the US.


If you are supplying beers, wines or spirits to the on and off-trades then here’s why the separate London Competitions – with closing date for entries on January 31 – could be a new marketing opportunity for your brands, products and suppliers in key markets around the world.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Read the latest from Caucasian Journal

Read the latest interviews and articles from our sister project Caucasian Journal:

- Do Georgians have savings?
- How do they perceive government's performance?
- Is approval for EU/NATO as strong as used to be?

Answers Laura THORNTON, head of NDI Georgia, in exclusive interview to Caucasian Journal: 
https://english.caucasianjournal.org/2019/09/laura-thornton-georgians-increasingly.html 



Other important articles from 2019:


Friday, May 31, 2019

"Teliani Valley" wines won platinum, silver and bronze medals at "Decanter 2019"

31.05.2019 (Hvino News). "Teliani Valley" awarded with Platinum, Silver and Bronze medals and the Highest Prize "Best in show” at "Decanter World Wine Awards 2019".

The 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest wine competition, sampled and judged close to 17,000 wines, entered from 57 different countries. The scale of this event emphasises the global appeal and highlights the prestige attached to receiving a coveted Decanter Medal. During the weeklong event, over 280 of the world’s top wine experts tasted and debated the merits of each bottle entered. Only a total of 50 (a mere 0.3% of all wines entered) were awarded the highly sought-after accolade of  "Best in Show".

Glekhuri Kisi Qvevri 2017 stood out achieving the "Best in Show" Award with points 97 for this particular wine. It is the highest recognition for DWWA Tasting System and only 50 wines received this medal. Teliani Valley is the only one in Georgia and in the group of Caucasus Region and Eurasia. This is a huge success for the whole Georgia.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Hvino News is looking for new owner!

Hvino News and Novosti Hvino are looking for new owner. If interested, send us a message.

Hvino News and Novosti Hvino are Georgia's primary wine business news sites, published since 2012 in English and Russian, reaching professional readers in 170 countries. Web traffic is over 2 million visits.

And please check out our new media project Caucasian Journal. Followers and likes are welcome!



Thursday, January 24, 2019

Florian VAN DER BELLEN: "To make wine tourism stronger, you have to internationally promote Georgia as a destination first"

special guest
24.01.2019 (Hvino News). Today our special guest is Florian VAN DER BELLEN. A number of mass medias recently trumpeted the news about the son of the President of Austria, who is planning to live and work in Georgia. 

Alexander Kaffka, publisher of Hvino News: I think you must be tired of answering the same questions about your father, President Alexander Van der Bellen, and about your interest in Georgia. But let us make this interview different. You are starting a business in Georgia, and every new company needs support.  Our publication helps in promotion of those who want to make Georgia better-known and more attractive to investors and potential clients. Our readers are business people interested in Georgia, from nearly every country of the world. So let us help to spread your message to potential clients. You may start with telling about yourself.

Florian Van der Bellen: First of all, I would like to thank you for your interest. Let me start by saying, that I have always been and still am Florian Van der Bellen. In 2016 it happened that my father was elected president of Austria, but that is his achievement, not mine. Realistically, it did change my life in the sense that people became more interested in what I do, which is not a bad thing.

AK: Your professional experience is related to Austria’s Tyrol region. What made you change your focus, after many years in Tyrol? 

FVdB: Tyrol is where I come from. I was born here and spent many years of my life here. But I have also lived and worked in many other countries, like Germany, Switzerland, Romania and Australia. Tyrol, with its beautiful mountains in the heart of the Alps, is quite similar to your Svaneti region in many respects. I did not really plan to move away again, until I came to Georgia for the first time in April 2017 – and about ten times since then. I am in love with your country, and I see so much potential and many business opportunities in Georgia that I could not resist but follow my heart and my business mind.

AK: When you decided to work elsewhere, did you consider other potential countries, or just Georgia? 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Andro BARNOVI: "I chose to go close to the soil and the Sun"

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20.01.2019 (Hvino News). Hvino News is continuing a series of exclusive interviews with people in Georgian wine business, who previously followed completely different career paths, with serious professional accomplishments in areas very far from winemaking. Today our guest is Andro BARNOVI – a natural winemaker and founder of  “Wine Artisans”

Though he is only in his early forties, Andro’s professional background includes such positions as Deputy Defense Minister, Head of the Administration of the President of Georgia, Rector of National Defense Academy, and Governor of Shida Kartli (a region in Central Georgia). 

We are meeting with Andro Barnovi at his natural wine chateau near the city of Gori, where “natural” seems like a fundamental principle underlying everything – from the wines and food to furniture.

Alexander Kaffka, publisher of Hvino News Dear Andro, thank you for inviting over to your place. I know that your past professional experience is quite diverse, with a serious bias to politics and especially national security and defense. I hope we will talk about it today. But is it also true that you make your furniture yourself?

Andro Barnovi: It’s a pleasure, Alexander, always welcome. Well… yes, that’s true. Everything you see around except, perhaps, piano, is my work. You see, what drew me to Tsedisi was the decision to put myself in the realm of nature and wilderness with minimal links to the world outside. I felt I needed to rejuvenate my energies and rethink everything I’ve ever thought and believed. So everything I try to do here are the bricks in the wall of my solitude.

AK: How did it happen that you changed your trade from a politician to winemaker? That’s quite a transition. Have you ever thought about winemaking in your earlier years? Is it a family tradition, perhaps?

AB: A family tradition, yes, but I didn’t know a lot about wine making. Had some experience of helping my father for years but that was rather sporadic, and I really had to connect scattered dots in one piece. Wine making is a big thing, you never cease learning once you stay in the field. Mistakes make you a better winemaker provided that you care about quality and respect what you do. Of course, it is a serious, multidimensional science and one has to read extensively to model everything in the brains, which takes time and requires devotion and certain learning skills.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

"The Washington Post" writes about Georgian grapes for Mars

08.01.2019 (Hvino News) Yesterday's issue of The Washington Post featured an article focusing on possibilities of growing Georgian grapes on Mars, entitled "White wine on the Red Planet? Scientists in Georgia are hunting for a perfect Martian grape".

Author Amie Ferris-Rotman argues that, since Georgia promotes itself as the world’s birthplace of wine, "it seems only natural that the country is trying to figure out what varietal might be sipped one day on Mars. That is the thinking behind the IX Millennium project, which is seeking to develop grapevines fit for the possible Red Planet agriculture pods".

Nikoloz Doborjginidze, founder of Georgia’s Space Research Agency and an adviser to the Ministry of Education and Science, said: “If we’re going to live on Mars one day, Georgia needs to contribute. Our ancestors brought wine to Earth, so we can do the same to Mars".

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Typical markers of Saperavi variety have been identified

27.12.2018 (Hvino News). The basic typical organoleptic characteristics (markers) of Georgia's Saperavi variety have been identified by Georgian Sommelier Association with the support of National Wine Agency and Wine Laboratory Ltd.

Within the frames of the International Sommelier Association (A.S.I.) 49th General Assembly held in Tbilisi, was arranged International Session of organoleptic identification of main aromatic and taste characteristics (markers) of Saperavi – “Saperavi Grand Tasting”. More than 200 professionals participated in the session: the full members of the Georgian Sommelier Association, the leading Georgian oenologists, the Presidents of National Sommelier Associations of 63 countries and the best sommeliers of the World and Europe of different years. More than 70 samples of the country’s best Saperavis were presented. The results were summarized recently.

Press Release

The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ambassador Lukas BEGLINGER: Our decision to stay in Georgia reflects optimistic view of its perspectives and continued support to Georgian people

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18.12.2018 (Hvino News). For a professional diplomat, His Excellency Ambassador Lukas BEGLINGER has made a very unusual career twist. At a recent farewell reception in Tbilisi, he announced that he opted for early retirement from the Swiss diplomatic service. 

The reason why he left a prestigious government job is that he and his wife decided to stay in Georgia, and to focus on something completely new – the Georgian wine export.

In an exclusive interview to Hvino News, Mr. Beglinger answered our questions, uncovering what motivated him to trade a comfortable ambassadorial position for a somewhat unpredictable private entrepreneurial venture.

Alexander Kaffka, publisher of Hvino News: Dear Lukas, thank you for your time. Formally, you are not an official anymore. But, in the eyes of many people, you will remain a very influential figure for many years to come. A decision such as this one must have a political dimension, especially now in the aftermath of presidential elections. It sends a strong message, confirming a high level of internal stability of Georgia, supporting the positive image of the country. Do you agree, and is this part of your intention?

Lukas Beglinger: My early retirement from the diplomatic career was motivated by purely private, personal considerations, and so was my and my wife's wish to stay in Georgia. Of course, we would not have taken such a decision in the absence of sufficiently stable and favorable conditions in Georgia. In this sense, our decision reflects our optimistic view of Georgia's perspectives and our intention to continue supporting the Georgian people on their path towards a better life and increased prosperity.

AK: My next question is not why, but when. When was the first time the idea of remaining in Georgia came to your mind? Perhaps there was some event, or a meeting with someone, which became a cornerstone affecting your decision?

Monday, December 10, 2018

"Forbes": Why Georgian wines are among the most unique on the planet

by Lana Bortolot

10.12.2018. When archaeologists last year found traces of winemaking on 8,000-year-old pottery shards in Georgia, the tiny former Soviet republic claimed the crown as the world’s oldest wine producer.

It was an affirmation for many long-standing fans of the country and its winemaking tradition, which is ancient and, at the same time, a grassroots movement. Georgia’s hallmark is white wines that stay in contact with their skins, stalks and pips for months and further ferment in huge clay amphorae (qvevri) buried in the ground. It’s a trend that’s caught on elsewhere in the world, but its deep roots lie in Georgian culture.

“What’s happening now is a revival,” says Alice Feiring, author of For the Love of Wine: My Odyssey Through the World’s Most Ancient Wine Culture. A natural wine advocate, Feiring has long traveled in the country, and her 2016 book—a love letter to Georgian people and traditions—charts the modern (re) discovery of the wine culture and some of the struggles to remain true to its heritage.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

"The Japan Times" on Pheasant’s Tears and Georgia’s wine tradition

By Melinda Joe

24.11.2018. On a summer evening in 2006, John Wurdeman was painting a landscape in the region of Kakheti, in eastern Georgia, when a man driving by on a tractor invited him to dinner.

Gela Patalishvili was an eighth-generation winemaker and he told Wurdeman, an American artist and musician who had settled in Georgia, that he wanted to give him a few rows of vines in his family’s vineyard. Wurdeman declined both offers, but Patalishvili persisted. A few months later he accepted the dinner invitation, having grown curious about the tenacious stranger.

“At this point, I didn’t know if I liked him or hated him,” he jokes.

After tasting Patalishvili’s wine, however, those feelings of ambivalence quickly turned to admiration, and their friendship blossomed into a partnership that has become one of Georgia’s most acclaimed wineries, Pheasant’s Tears.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Winners of “Georgia – Homeland of Wine" wines and spirits contest announced

13.11.2018 (Hvino News). International competition of wines and spirits EAWSC  “Georgia – Homeland of Wine" was held under the patronage of OIV, in accordance with strict rules of international wine contests. The contest was organized by the Oenologists Union of Georgia. The international operator of the competition was the Moldovan company PPE, the owner of the brand "Eurasia Wine & Spirits Competition".

The competition was attended by companies from Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Israel, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan. In total 202 samples have been presented.

According to the results of the contest, 58 awards were awarded: one medal "Grand Prix", 3 Great Gold medals, 31 Gold Medals, 23 Silver Medals.

The Grand Prix Medal was awarded to the Moldovan brandy Divin "Imperiul călărași" (50 years), earning 96.9 points.

Three gold medals "Great Gold" were awarded to the wines of companies Vazi+ , Götz Winery and Wine Company Shumi.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Another "first" Saperavi wine contest?

01.11.2018 (Hvino News) Georgian Wine Association (GWA) and National Wine Agency announced that "Saperavi's first international competition will be held on December 15-17 of the current year". The competition is supported by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture and the National Wine Agency. The head of the jury is a well-known British journalist and wine writer Andrew Jefford.

Hvino News, who organized the first international Saperavi contest "Saperavi World Prize" in 2017 (SapPrize 2017), is receiving letters from our readers and SapPrize contestants, who are surprised about GWA's statement claiming priority in organizing a Saperavi wines contest. In this connection, SapPrize organizing committee informed GWA as well as its member companies that it considers GWA's statement as misleading.

"In general, we do not mind that someone else is using our idea, as long as it is done in a civilized way, and not for profit. But by claiming priority GWA is making a mistake, since the first Saperavi international contest is a historical fact, and its huge success is well documented by wide international media and television coverage", - said Inge Olsson, representative of SapPrize. "We are concerned about the reputational risks which this irresponsible behavior may cause".

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

First "Georgia - Homeland of Wine" contest

31.10.2018. On November 7-8 international tasting of Eurasian wine and spirits “Georgia – Homeland of Wine" will be held in Georgia. Competition is organized under the patronage of International Organization for Vine and Wine (OIV).

20 authoritative tasters and journalists  from leading winemaking countries are invited as judges of competition, including the president of OIV Jean-Marie Aurand. The competition will be held on the territory of Bioli medical wellness resort near Tbilisi. On November 9, the winners of the competition will be announced and the closing ceremony of competition will be held at Chateau Zegaani, the oldest winemaking place in Georgia.

Organizer of the competition is Union of Georgian Oenologists, co-organizer is Reserve wine store. Acceptance and retention of the samples will be provided by Reserve wine store. Interested candidates can call +995 595 225552. Hvino News is proud to be among the media partners of the IEWSC 2018. The details of participation can be found at official site.

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The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

"Food & Wine" magazine catalogued Georgian wine places in USA

31.10.2018 (Hvino News). American Food & Wine magazine in a recent issue answers the question "Where to drink Georgian wine in America?"

An article under this title, authored by Vicki Denig, reads: "Whether amber colored skin-contact wines pique your interest, or a Merlot-based Saperavi blend [what's that? - HN] sounds more your style, Georgian wine has something for every palate—and America is interested. Here are some of the United States' best spots for drinking Georgian, right now."

The following places are listed in the article:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

KTW Group opened new wine house

26.10.2018 (Hvino News). Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking (KTW Group) opened a new “Wine House” complex in Patardzeuli, Kakheti's Sagarejo district. "Wine House" consists of a wine shop, a tasting room and an outdoor facilities.

The opening ceremony was attended  KTW's founder Zurab Chkhaidze, Governor of Kakheti Irakli Kadagishvili, and chairman of National Wine Agency Levan Mekhuzla.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the Patardzeuli winery of the KTW Group, taste the wines under KTW brand, take part in the wine tastings, and get acquainted with the 8000 years old winemaking tradition.

KTW has been producing alcoholic beverages since 2001, and occupies a leading position in today's winemaking industry of Georgia

© Hvino News

The First Saperavi World Prize: RESULTS

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Georgia to hold the first “Best Sommelier of Georgia” competition

18.10.2018 (Hvino News). On October 20 - 21, for the first time in Georgia the competition “Best Sommelier of Georgia – 2018” will be held within the frame of Georgian wine days “Gvinobistve”, organized by Georgian Sommelier Association and the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.

Professional sommeliers, who are officially granted under international standards the status of Sommelier or Assistant Sommelier by Georgian Sommelier Association, will participate in the competition.

The competition will have a highly qualified jury, including foreign members, and the chairman will be the President of Georgian Sommelier Association, the founder of "Marani Khetsuriani" Mr. Shalva Khetsuriani.