Tuesday, August 14, 2012

We recommend: Tbilvino Saperavi Red from Georgia

by Subhash Arora

14.08.2012. It is difficult to find interesting, unique and tasty wines in the sub-thousand rupee range in Retail. Saperavi Red wine from Tbilvino winery in Georgia is an ideal exception. The wine costing between Rs. 800-1000 [that's Indian Rupee - HN] is an award winning wine from a recognized Georgian producer and is ideal for kebabs and pizzas, meaty snacks and a few vegetarian foods as well.

While judging at the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition last November, I came across wines with grapes like Saparevi red and Mtsvane and Rkatsiteli white grapes. Most people in my panel of which I was the President had not tasted these varietals before. But the wines had enough personality and vivaciousness to win a few awards. That’s when I realized that Georgia makes some very good wines besides being the oldest wine producing region in the world.

At a dinner a few months ago,  where the Georgian Ambassador to India, Mr. Zurab Katchkatchishvili invited me to taste a couple of Georgian wines that included a Saperavi red and a Mtsvane/ Rkatsiteli white, we found ourselves finishing off the bottles among 5 of us before ordering another wine from the restaurant.

Georgian wine export grows

13.08.2012. Wine exports have increased recently, although the number has not reached the level of exported wine into Russia (before Russia imposed its embargo on Georgian wine). Nevertheless, the amount of exported wines keeps increasing. In 2011 Georgia exported $54 million in wine. In the first half of 2012, Georgia has exported $25.5 million in wine.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

"Hvino News" announces Miss Georgian Wine Contest

It's August, and for many of us it is vacation time. Hvino News is a business site, but we do not want to be boring when everybody else is having fun.

We offer to spice up the routine with... a beauty contest. We hope it adds spirit of very healthy competition to wine business. Hvino News is pleased to announce the first Miss Georgian Wine Photo Contest!

The terms of Miss Georgian Wine Photo Contest are very simple:

The Contest is open to everyone whose work is directly related to Georgian wine - winegrowers, employees of wine companies and organizations, distributors, retailers, exporters, wine journalists and experts, wine teachers and students, staff of wine guesthouses and travel agencies, and other professionals.

How to participate: Simply email us 1 (one) photo, at Miss[at]artenom-cfe.com, telling your name and how your place of work/study is related to wine.

Requirements: No group photos, no sunglasses. Inappropriate photos will be filtered out. And yes, to participate you need to be female. Marital status and country of residence are not important.

Promoting Georgian Wines in the Philippines

12.08.2012 (Hvino News) Honorary Consulate of Georgia in the Philippines posted information about meeting of Georgia's Consul Thelmo Cunanan with a group of Manila-based wine merchants, distributors, and experts. Leading the group was Mr. Lester Harvey Jr., President of Zen Asia Inc., one of the leading wine distributors in the country.

The event, entitled “A Light Liquid Lunch”, was aimed at introducing new wines to the group for possible retail and distribution in the Philippine market. The wine merchants brought bottles mainly from South Africa. Consul Cunanan, however, brought a bottle of white wine (Manavis Mtsvane 2010) from the Teliani Valley in the Kakheti region of Easter Georgia. It was the first time Philippine wine distributors tried Georgian wine and the first initiative at introducing Georgian wine to the local market. The experts agreed that the Teliani Valley wine was an interesting but rather young vintage and quite different in body and style from western European or traditional New World bottles. They expressed interest to try other Georgian wines, which Consul Cunanan is set to bring back to the Philippines.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mikheil Saakashvili Meets Racha Winemakers

Photo: Georgian Journal
10.08.2012. President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili met with the residents of the villages Khvanchkara [well-known as Georgian wine brand - HN], Khvartsuti and Nikortsminda in the Racha region. The President introduced the infrastructure projects to the locals.

Saakshvili spoke about he social programs that will take effect in the near future. “It is an honor for me to arrive in Khvanchkara community that includes several villages. I especially love the people in Racha, they are particularly hard working, warm, friendly and patriotic. Of course I think a lot about developing this place. We’re building roads everywhere in Racha. We’ll develop water supply system in all Racha villages, to solve this problem once and for all”, Mikheil Saakashvili said.

“We have to hold the vintage more organized than ever, as it is an issue of national dignity”, stressed Mikheil Saakashvili.


Georgian Market Lacks Competition

 by Nino Patsuria
08.08.2012. Geopatent (aka Sakpatenti - HN), Georgian intellectual property protection body, keeps alert over registration request of Inkerman-Rkatsiteli, Inkerman-Saperavi and Inkerman-Sauvignon-Rkatsiteli wine brands submitted by Ukrainian Inkerman Winery to Russia as far as both Rkatsiteli and Sapervai are Georgian varieties (read also: Inkerman: Ukrainian wine producer to export Georgian wine varieties to Russia).

Their improper registration may pose intellectual property violation risks. The Crimea-based Inkerman Winery submitted a request at Rospatent, intellectual property protection body of Russia, on registration of 9 new trademarks including three wines produced through traditional Georgian varietals Rkatsiteli and Saperavi: Inkerman-Rkatsiteli, Inkerman-Saperavi and Inkerman-Sauvignon-Rkatsiteli.

Marketing specialists think this is a right move to Ukrainian company for in spite of embargo imposed on Georgian wines in Russia since 2006 their names are quite popular and familiar to Russian society. Some people say Inkerman Winery’s initiative seems like a legal tool to take Georgian wines legally to Russia for the questioned trademarks include not appellations of origins of Georgian wines but grapes that is not prohibited.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

"Hvino News" to cooperate with Ministry of Economy

We are pleased to communicate that Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia offered to exchange banners with Hvino News. 

"We are glad to hear that there is a comprehensive news resource on Georgian wines in English", - says official letter from Georgia's Ministry. The team of Hvino News is honored to hear these words of appreciation from the Ministry. Thank you!

You may now see "Trade with Georgia" banner on our main page. The ministry's site also displays the banner of Hvino News.

Georgian winemakers visited Ukraine's “Wine Cultural Center Shabo”

09.08.2012. (Hvino News) On July 25-27 Georgian delegation visited Ukraine. The delegation consisted of leaders and top managers of the leading wineries in Georgia, heads of industry associations, government representatives and other officials. The purpose of the visit is exchange of experiences on development of "Wine Culture Centers" in Ukraine and Georgia.

On July  25 guests were met by Consul of Georgia in Odessa Teimuraz Nishnianidze. On July Georgian delegation visited Ukraine's  “Wine Cultural Center Shabo”. This project has been highly estimated in Ukraine:  in spring 2009 it was awarded with the first prize in nomination “The best innovation project”, at professional tourist competition “Black Sea Pearl”, and in 2010 the project received “Gold award” in nomination "Best project of regional tourism".Wine Cultural Center Shabo has been included into EU's map of European wine routes.

As was noted the chairman of board of "Shabo" Vaja Iukuridze, "wine-makers of Georgia and Ukraine have accumulated a wealth of experience to improve the culture of viticulture and winemaking. But among the citizens, culture of drinking is still very low. The task of wine-makers – is to clear for people the idea that the wine - is a culture. For this is needed to create "Wine Culture Centers". The round table was attended by Ambassador of Georgia to Ukraine Grigol Katamadze and Consul of Georgia in Odessa Teimuraz Nishnianidze.

Chairman of the Board of "Shabo" V. Iukuridze accompanied the delegation to the vineyards. Guests visited the 200 year old cellars and unique Museum's  labyrinth.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Georgian wine quota in Turkey remains unused

08.08.2012. One million quota envisaged for Georgian wine companies in the Turkish market remains outstanding, reports Radio Commersant.

In the framework of free trade agreement enacted between the two countries on November 1, 2008, Georgian wine companies can bring 1 million liters of wine per year to Turkey without paying customs duties. However, part of Georgian wine companies, despite interest towards the Turkish market, have failed to use this quota in neighboring country, because of absence of reliable partners.

Telavi Wine Cellar company explained that Turkish companies are not interested in Georgian wine and refuse to buy and sell the product. Kindzmarauli Marani  notes that it is difficult to find partners in Turkey, while organization of export is associated with  large expenses.

A note from Hvino News: Turkey has its own strong wine industry - the country has world’s fourth largest grape growing area and was fifth in the world in terms of total grape production in 2011.

Source, Hvino News

Russia lifts ban on three Moldovan wine makers, Georgian still banned

07.08.2012. Yet another three Moldovan wine makers have been allowed to supply products to Russia, the Russian Federal Service for Oversight of Consumer Rights and Human Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) said.

"Following the results of the monitoring, Rospotrebnadzor has decided to increase the number of producers supplying bottled wine with yet another three enterprises: Imperial Vin, Suvorov-Vin S.R.L. and Salcuta Srl," the agency said on its website.

In the very near future Rospotrebandzor experts will visit six Moldovan factories selected on the basis of the results of documentary checks: IM EURO-ALKO, S.C. Vinaria Tiganca SRL К.О., Vinaria din Vale&Co FJ, ICS S.B.WINES SRL, Cioc-Maidan Vin SA, and SC TARTCOMVIN, the statement said.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

EU's Certificate on registration of "Cradle of Wine" trademark for Georgia: Details

07.08.2012 (Hvino News) Our recent posts on EU's decision to register slogan "Cradle of wine" for exclusive use by Georgia have drawn much attention from the readers of Hvino News (see: "Cradle of Wine" is registered by Georgia as a brand name in EU"Financial Times" on Georgia's marketing policy: "Cradle of Wine" slogan needs more time to ripenArmenia and Georgia disagree over slogan "Cradle of Wine").

Certificate of registration issued for European Community 
trade mark "Cradle of Wine" . Click to enlarge
To answer readers' questions and provide most accurate account of the event, we are publishing the official copy of certificate issued by EU's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

The slogan "Cradle of wine" was registered as Community trade mark (CTM), certificate No. 010750388, published in Community Trade Marks Bulletin No. 2012/130 on July 11, 2012. Here you may view OHIM Certificate as PDF file.

The Georgian applicant was National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti), represented by law office Boehmert & Boehmert from Bremen, Germany.

The previous owner of this trademark was British company "Cradle of Wine Limited", Knollys House 11 Byward Street, London. It owned "Cradle of wine" trademark since April 9, 2001. This registration expired on January 26, 2010.

President Saakashvili: "This year we will have an exemplary "rtveli"

06.08.2012. (Hvino News) According to the President of Georgia, in 2012 there will not be any problems with global sales of Georgian wine. Mikheil Saakashvili held a meeting today with the governor of Kakheti Giorgi Sibashvili and head of the Coordinating Center on Rehabilitation of Kakheti Levan Bezhashvili. During the meeting, President noted that this year's "rtveli" would be exemplary.

Rtveli (Georgian: რთველი) is traditional vintage and rural harvest holiday in Georgia accompanied by feasts, musical events and other celebrations, which normally takes place in late September in eastern Georgia and in mid-October in western Georgia.

"This year we must conduct an exemplary rtveli. Hopefully, the grape prices will grow significantly compared to previous years", - said the president, adding that this was partly due to natural reasons. President said that not only the old vineyards need to be restored after the recent destructive storm, but new vineyards must be planted with support of state.

"We never for a moment weaken attention paid to the Kakheti region. Kakhetians should know that we always remember about them. Kakheti should get out of this difficult situation revitalized. In September, we will plant many young saplings there. I myself willl participate in this process with great pleasure,"- said the president of Georgia.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Georgia's Prime Minister visited state winery in Gurjaani

06.08.2012 (Hvino News) Today Georgia's Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili visited state winery in Gurjaani (Kakheti Region) and examined company's readiness for vintage. Prime Minister noted that despite the tremendous losses caused by recent storm in Kakheti region, the  government must ensure purchasing and processing of the remainder of the crop.

Gurjaani Winery is a starte-owned enterprise. In 2011 it purchased 11,000 tons of grape. This year the company installed new equipment  such as tanks for wine storage with capacity of 4500 tons, and other Italian-made tanks with capacity of 3000 tons. In addition, 1600 oak barrels for wine aging were delivered from France, which would allow for production at 6,000 bottles per hour. In 2012 the Gurjaani Winery is prepared to buy from farmers 20,000 tons of grapes.

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"Newsweek": Don’t Miss the Khvanchkara!

Georgian wines—including Stalin’s favorite red—are making a comeback after a Russian embargo dried up business. 
by Anna Nemtsova

06.08.2012.On a weekend last fall, a thick cloud of aromas hung over the cobblestone square outside Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, the historic capital of Georgia. Long homemade loaves of bread and twisted salty cheeses lay beside meat dumplings and barbecued veal shashlik. Bottles of ruby-, gold-, and amber-colored wines twinkled in the gentle sunshine, on display for crowds of visiting wine lovers. Tourists praised Georgian hospitality in English, French, and Chinese. “This is a wine heaven,” said Conor Mills, an entrepreneur from London who was in town for the Rtveli festival, the traditional celebration of the harvest, when Georgian winemakers descend into their cellars to uncork bottles and terra-cotta amphorae to throw the most generous of feasts.

The festival celebrated the entire wine geography of Georgia—from the regions of Kakheti, Imereti, and Kartli to the highlands of Racha and seaside Guria—and spirits were high. Georgian wine has been slowly creeping onto the radar of global oenophiles: in 2011 the country exported wine to 48 other nations, a 30 percent increase since 2007, and winemakers had a great harvest last autumn, which nearly doubled the volume of wine produced in 2012. To fete their good fortune, farmers performed polyphonic songs and gave long, emotional toasts about the recovery of Georgian winemaking. After all, it was close to drying up just a few years ago.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Georgian flagship wine

05.08.2012. I have great confidence in Saperavi, the mostly planted red grape variety in Georgia, in leading Georgian wine to the international market.

A dark-skinned variety, Saperavi has pink flesh that gives a deep colour to the wine. Its high tannin and acidity provide the backbone for a wine with long ageing capability. It has black fruits and spicy characters rather like a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With age, it develops a tertiary bouquet of chocolate, walnut and dried fruits. It is versatile and can be made in different styles: concentrated and tannic using the traditional kvevri method; easy drinking and fruity wine using stainless steel fermentation and minimum tannin extraction; or more elegant and structured wine combining the kvevri method and ageing in oak barrels. It can be dry as in Saperavi or Mukuzani, or semi sweet as in Kindzmarauli.

The Saperavi grape is capable of producing high alcohol wine but thanks to the continental climate in Georgia, most wine has a moderate alcohol level of 12.5-13.5%. Although it can sometimes be as high as 14.5%, it is always balanced by the high acidity. With careful branding and positioning, it could well be the equivalent of the Malbec of Argentina or Touriga Nacional of Portugal.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Georgian government to help the farmers

03.08.2012. (Hvino News) The Government of Georgia says it would assist farmers to sell and export agricultural goods, according to Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili. At presentation of "Georgian  Fruit and Vegetable State  Export Company" in city of Tskhaltubo, Mr. Merabishvili said the state company would allow farmers to undergo simplified customs procedures and provide shipping abroad.

The Prime Minister said the government would serve as a bridge from the Georgian market in Europe and Asia. He noted the government wants to be engaged in a dialogue with farmers, who are welcome to express their opinions on what should be done.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Georgian Wine Companies are Optimistic about Ukraine’s Initiative

02.08.2012. Some Georgian wine market players make first comments about plans of one of the largest wine companies in Ukraine, reports Radio “Commersant". On July 24 the Ukrainian Inkerman wine company submitted nine applications to Russia to register trademarks including three with the names of famous Georgian grape varieties (read more: Inkerman: Ukrainian wine producer to export Georgian wine varieties to Russia).

Commesant notes that Georgian companies do not possess detailed information. As Schuchmann Wines observed, a particular company cannot legally patent a  particular grape variety and Georgia’s  agreement is necessary to start Georgian wine distribution in Russia. According to the company, Inkerman factory’s initiative will be within the legal framework only if  it exports Ukrainian-produced Rkatsiteli and Saperavi to Russia.

Telavi Wine Cellar is optimistic about the initiative of the Ukrainian company. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company explains that if the Georgian wine enters  Russia via Ukraine it will be a good precondition for lifting of 6-year embargo on Georgian wine.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Georgia: Planting “Rkatsiteli” and “Saperavi” varieties does not provide legal rights on them

02.08.2008. (Hvino News) Irakli Gvaladze, head of Georgian Center for Intellectual Property "Sakpatenti", declared that company which plants Rkatsiteli and Saperavi grape varieties outside of Georgia, does not have legal right of ownership for these Georgian varieties, - reports Sarke news agency. Hvino News  notes that Rkatsiteli and Saperavi are names commonly used by wine-makers worldwide.

"Sakpatenti" is interested in the information about Ukrainian company Inkerman's submission of applications to Russia for registering trademarks with the names of famous Georgian grape varieties (read more: Inkerman: Ukrainian wine producer to export Georgian wine varieties to Russia).  Irakli Gvaladze notes that the Ukrainian company's idea will not be considered illegal if it is only a marketing move, and the its wine be grown in Ukraine. He added that "Sakpatenti" will possess the precise information next week and announce if other steps would be made by Georgian side.

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Has anyone tried Georgian Wine for iPhone?

02.08.2012 (Hvino News) Has anyone tried Georgian Wine for iPhone? No, it's not drinking by phone, God forbid.  "Georgian Wine" is the name of a new iPhone application. "With this application you can understand the real value of the Georgian wine, what makes it so unique, und why Georgian wines can interest and impress wine-lovers around the world", - says the app website. 

Sounds promising. We have not used it, but will be happy to publish all user experiences. Comments are welcome.

Application is developed by Georgian company LLC “GeoGuide”, who say their mission is to promote Georgian culture through digital technologies. Georgian Wine for iPhone is offered online for $0,99.

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Vino Underground and natural wine – no monkey business!

by Robert Linkous

Though on a smaller and less pervasive scale, the natural wine movement, like the Arab Spring, Facebook, and Selena Gomez’s immortal “Love You Like A Love Song,” is a social phenomenon not to be denied. Its headquarters is the new Vino Underground tasting bar at 15 Galaktion Tabidze Street in Tbilisi. There a recruiting drive is in full swing.

At cellar level there are seven wooden tables where patrons and partisans can sit, taste natural wines, and compare notes. But tea, coffee, and cheeses, meats, and sweets in the Georgian mold are also available.

“We want to teach the real culture of wine drinking,” explained co-owner and part-time manager Ramaz Nikoladze. He and his partners, winemakers all, decided against a full-scale restaurant, where customers were likely to drink more wine, to be sure, but with a greater interest in imbibing it than appreciating it. Some people are like that. It is outrageous.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Armenia and Georgia disagree over slogan "Cradle of Wine"

01.08.2012. (Hvino News) The Union of Wine-makers of Armenia intends to challenge the recent EU's decision to register the brand "Georgia - the cradle of wine" (read more: "Cradle of Wine" is registered by Georgia as a brand name in EU" and "Financial Times" on Georgia's marketing policy: "Cradle of Wine" slogan needs more time to ripen). 

At the present time the representatives of the Union of Wine-makers of Armenia are studying the procedure of filing an appeal. As noted by the Chairman of Union Mr. Avag Harutyunyan, not only Georgia can claim the status of "the cradle of wine", but also other countries in the region, primarily Armenia.

Armenian archeologists agree that in Georgia there are facts which prove the antiquity of the local wine. But for the moment the wine-making complex in Areni is considered the world's oldest, discovered during excavations "Areni-1" in 2011. According to the Director of Academic Institute of Archeology and Ethnography Mr. Pavel Avetisyan, both Georgia and Armenia can be considered the cradle of wine, as well as Iran, and even part of Azerbaijan, in view of the fact that the relevant archaeological materials have been found in all these countries.

Meanwhile, Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market of the EU has already issued the appropriate protective document that assigned Georgia the right to prohibit companies of all other countries to use word combination "cradle of wine" without permission. First of all the ban concerns the export to the European Union. Armenia exports wine only to Germany, France, and Belgium.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Financial Times" on Georgia's marketing policy: "Cradle of Wine" slogan needs more time to ripen

31.07.2012 (Hvino News) Britain's "Financial Times" in its today's edition publishes an article by Alex Barker entitled "Slogan deconstructed: Georgian wine".  Due to FT's copyright restrictions Hvino News is not allowed to re-post entire article, which is related to the recent registration of slogan "Georgia the Cradle of Wine" in European Union (read more: "Cradle of Wine" is registered by Georgia as a brand name in EU")

Winemaking is an ancient craft in eastern Georgia. Indeed, Georgia claims that the region’s Alazani Valley was where man first mastered the grape some eight millennia ago. "Georgian wines face a tougher marketing challenge today. The plan? To brand every bottle: “Georgia: the cradle of wine”", - points out the author of FT article. The campaign has won the approval of EU, which has given it right to use the brand “cradle of wine” within the European Union exclusively to Georgia.

"This may, however, be a mixed blessing. Emphasising its rich heritage is the obvious way for Georgian wine to make its mark in a highly competitive global market. But some consumers may more readily associate cradles with babies or bottle racks than the history of the Alazani Valley. This slogan may need more time to ripen", - notes "Financial Times".

Before EU's recent decision, the brand "cradle of wine" belonged to a British company.

© Hvino News

Monday, July 30, 2012

Inkerman: Ukrainian wine producer to export Georgian wine varieties to Russia

30.07.2012 (Hvino News). Inkerman, one of Ukraine's largest wine producers, is planning to export its wines to Russia under the Georgian traditional names "Saperavi" and "Rkatsiteli". According to article in Ukrainian Kommersant newspaper, on July 24th Inkerman  filed nine applications for registration of trademarks with Rospatent (Russia's registration authority), including the names of wines identical to names of traditional Georgian varieties - "Saperavi Inkerman," "Inkerman Rkatsiteli" and "Inkerman Sauvignon-Rkatsiteli". "They have proved themselves in the Ukrainian market, so we decided to deliver them in Russia", - says CEO Andrey Strelets. - Deliveries will begin at the end this year or early next year".

With the ban on Georgian wine to Russia marketers call this a successful move. It will be difficult to question Inkerman's claim, because the brand names refer to grape varieties, not to geographical places in Georgia.

Inkerman is the largest exporter of Ukrainian wine. The company is well represented in the retail chains in Russia, where the market is much larger than Ukrainian. President of the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers of Russia Leonid Popovich says that about ten Russian wineries also produce wine under names "Saperavi" and "Rkatsiteli." Production of other types Georgian wines is impossible neither to Inkerman, nor to Russian companies, as Georgia has patented their domains of origin as trademarks. The only available names are "Rkatsiteli" and "Saperavi", because use of names of grape vareties cannot be forbidden.

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Mukuzani - a true Georgian Grand Cru

I’m quite sure that in a place like Georgia that has a 7,000 year tradition of winemaking, and is also likely the place in which the ancient, wild ancestors of the modern wine grape originally evolved, that there are scores, maybe even hundreds of old vineyard sites known to the locals as plots that produce truly extraordinary wine. Many of these sites are named with names unknown to me or any but the top Georgian wine experts and the hands that tend the vines….

There is however, one place in Georgia with a name known to many all around the world: Mukuzani. In the northeastern corner of Georgia is the Kakheti region, which is often considered to be Georgia’s greatest viticultural zone. Within Kakheti there is the Alazani Valley which contains Mukuzani, as well as a few handfuls of other celebrated regions with peculiarly exotic monikers like Gurjaani and Qvareli.

Mukuzani is made with one, and only one grape, and one with another (relatively) famliar name -  Saperavi. If I had to thumbnail a characterization of Saperavi, I’d sketch it out as a somewhat more elegant, and much spicier brother to Piedmont’s Barbera. But unlike Barbera, Saperavi is one of just a handful of what are known as tinturier grapes, i.e. red skin grapes that also have red flesh and juice. The upshot of having all of this extra pigmentation is the ability to yield musts that have an unparalleled “stuffing”, allowing them to produce wines that can age for decades, and that are blessed with real nobility to boot. And indeed, Mukuzani wines, well made and well stored, can age through several generations, and because things are what they are with the Georgian wine industry, the Russian/world market, etc. they’re a major steal if you can turn one up. That said, there is still counterfeiting of Georgian wines going on, so spend the extra scratch, go to a good merchant, and trust your instincts…

Friday, July 27, 2012

Details of Airport Vineyard Idea Still Unknown

25.07.2012. Details of implementation of President’s idea regarding creation of a vineyard on Tbilisi airport’s territory are still unclear. Ministry of Agriculture refrains from commenting on this issue. As early as 2 weeks ago, Commersant  approached to the ministry with the above-mentioned question, but still has not received the answer regarding the President's initiative.

Last May Mikheil Saakashvili, while visiting one of the families, announced that the City Hall should allocate a land plot in the territory of the airport where a vineyard would be planted (read more here).

According to Saakashvili, the territory will be illuminated at night in order for all tourists entering the country  to see the vineyard. However, the land on which the vineyard must be built has not been allocated yet. Agriculture Ministry officials say that private sector must take an interest in the initiative and find the farmers to start vineyard cultivation in the territory of the airport.