Friday, February 27, 2015

Export of Georgian wine to China up 30% in 2015

27.02.2015 (Hvino News) According to David Aptsiauri, ambassador of Georgia in China, sales of Georgian wine in the country have notably increased.

Currently, the Chinese market  is a priority for the Georgian winemakers, especially in a situation when the main markets – Russia and Ukraine – are in a state of economic crisis, and the export of Georgian wine in these countries fell sharply.

In 2014, sales in China increased by 34% in comparison with 2013 which is primarily due to the active marketing program.

In 2014,  a total of 1.2 million bottles of wine were exported from Georgia to China.

Winemakers believe that  Georgian wine will not be able to become truly competitive without the full development of the Chinese market. To this end, the National Wine Agency  intends to increase the activity aimed at promoting Georgian wine in China in 2015.

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Georgian wine invades Asian market

27.02.2015. After successfully delighting taste buds all over Europe, Georgian wine is continuing to make an impression around the world. Next destination – Asia.

Georgian wine is invading the Asian market and featuring at upcoming exhibitions in Japan and China, thanks to the efforts of Georgia’s National Wine Agency.

Six Georgian wine companies will be presented at the 40th International Food and Beverage Exhibition (FOODEX JAPAN) in Japan – the largest annual food and beverage trade show in Asia.

The expo established in 1975 and since then, the event has served Japan’s $700 billion USD food market as well as many lucrative Asian markets. More than 75,700 professional visitors attended FOODEX 2014, including more than 8,000 from Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

The four-day event will begin on March 3. Georgia’s participation in FOODEX JAPAN would increase the profile of Georgian wine and encourage more customers and tourists, said the Georgian side.

Wine companies that will feature at the Japanese event are: Qimerioni, Telavi Wine Cellar, Kakhuri, Kakhuri Wine Cellar, Shumi and Khareba.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Should Georgia sell agricultural land to foreigners?

by Eric Livny and Salome Gelashvili

26.02.2015. Should Georgia allow foreigners to purchase agricultural land, and, if so, on what terms? This question was posed to a panel of experts including Georgian and international investors in Georgia’s agricultural sector, government and NGO representatives as part of the first of a series of public debates organized by the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) and USAID’s G4G project. Held on 13 February, 2015 at Expo Georgia, the debate was moderated by ISET President Eric Livny.


Until 2012, Georgia has been encouraging foreigners to purchase land, bring modern technology and management to the country’s ailing agricultural sector. On the one hand, Georgia’s extremely liberal approach was a boon for investment by global food industry giants such as Ferrero (4,000 ha hazelnut plantation in Samegrelo) and Hipps (growing of organic apple and production of aroma and apple concentrate in Shida Kartli). On the other, it catalyzed the creation of joint ventures in agricultural production and food processing which quickly assumed leadership in their respective market segments. Examples of the latter are:
•    Marneuli Food Factory and Marneuli Agro (a cannery and 1000 ha of modern vegetable production)
•    Chateau Mukhrani (pioneering a business model combining grape growing, boutique winery and hospitality services)
•    Georgian Wines & Spirits (GWS, the largest exporter of traditional Georgian wines)
•    Nergeta (“discovering” Georgia’s great potential as a kiwi producer) and 
•    Imereti Greenery (a 4,000 m2 modern hydroponic greenhouse fully supplying Georgia’s needs in lettuce)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Georgian wine presentation in Sweden

25.02.2015. On the 19th of February, at the Dickson historic palace in Gothenburg, Sweden, was held the Georgian wine tasting and a presentation of the newly-established organization “Marani” for elite representatives of the business and cultural sectors. The wine club “Marani” is run by the qualified team and Meril Buman, the former marketing manager of Volvo, who is the head of this team. The wine club “Marani” was set up with the support of the Georgian Wine Club, and its main purpose is the popularization of the Georgian wine.

This time Villa Overo in Gothenburg hosted more than 70 guests. The represented auditorium consisted of Swedish businessmen and cultural workers.  This event was also attended by representatives of the Swedish media. Mattias Knutsson, one of the founders of “Marani” retold about Georgia and the Georgian wine to attendees and then introduced them vision and strategies of the newly-established organization, which was followed by the wine tasting and the ceremonial reception.

At the wine tasting was presented Saperavi and Rkatsiteli of Pheasant’s Tears, offered to guests by Erik Andermo, one of the founders of the organization; also one had a chance to taste Tbilvino’s Saperavi.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Georgia is on 4th place in Bloomberg's list of World's Next Big Wine Regions

24.02.2015 (Hvino News). Georgia occupies the 4th position in the list entitled "World's Next Big Wine Regions" published yesterday by BloombergBusiness.  The list is authored by Elin McCoy, an award-winning journalist and wine columnist for Bloomberg News. The list starts with her introduction as follows:
I’ve always been a wine-discovery junkie, constantly on the hunt for new grapes, new vintages, new winemakers, and especially new places where vines may never have been planted before. Thanks to ambitious vintners, rising demand from drinkers, a taste shift to lighter wine styles, and yes, even climate change, the number of global hot spots for wine is ever expanding. If you’re still rattling off the names of the old, long-famous regions, you’re way behind the times. In these eight spots, good wine is on its way to becoming great wine, with a few stars leading the way. 
The Georgian wines are in the middle of the Bloomberg's "World's Next Big Wine Regions" list, on the 4th place out of 8. The paragraph on Georgia reads:

3 Georgian wine brands at Live Wine 2015 fair in Milan

24.02.2015 (Hvino News) Georgia was represented at international natural wine fair Live Wine 2015 in Italy held in Milan on February 21 - 23. This important artisanal wine event attracted producers and visitors from Italy and all over Europe. 

Three Georgian bio-dynamic wine brands participated in Live Wine 2015: Iago’s Wine, Iberieli, and Our Wine.

During the event visitors were be able to taste all wines on show, presented by well-known and small winegrowers.

A market fair aimed both at the general public and at the professionals was held in one of the most beautiful locations in Milan: Palazzo del Ghiaccio in via Piranesi.

Live Wine 2015 is the first international fair for artisanal wine in Milan. It was organized in partnership with the  “Vini di Vignaioli-Vins de Vignerons” and Associazione Italiana Sommelier Lombardia.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Better control and protection for Georgian alcoholic drinks

21.02.2015. A new system of quality control and certification of Georgian wines and alcoholic drinks took effect on February 16. The new regulations aim at making life easier for businessmen and consumers easier, the Georgian government claims. But their ultimate goal is to maintain the high reputation of Georgian wine as well as possible.

"It may sound strange, but smaller restaurants choose low-quality wine because it is less strong and consumers spend more time at the restaurants. Commensurately, as the image and reputation of Georgian wine has been increasing at export markets, it continued to remain questionable at local markets."

The new regulations will control the quality of all wines, bottled and draft ones alike. The control of exported Georgian wines and alcoholic drinks is already tight, with a special commission checking every batch that goes for export by taking bottles at random and putting them through lab tests.
But Georgian authorities have recently decided to streamline the control system for all alcoholic drinks.

According to Levan Davitashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia, all Georgian wines sold at both local and export markets must be equally good.

Friday, February 20, 2015

19 Georgian wine producers to exhibit in Duesseldorf's ProWein 2015

20.02.2015 (Hvino News). 19 Georgian wine producers will show their products at the ProWein wine fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 15-17. Georgia will participate for the sixteenth time in ProWein, which is one of the industry's largest and most important trade shows in Europe. The following Georgian companies will take part in ProWein:

Bagrationi 1882
Chateau Mukhrani
Corporation Georgian Wine
Corporation Kindzmarauli
Dugladze Wine Company
Georgian Wine and Spirit Company
Georgian Wine House
Kindzmarauli Marani
Schuchmann Wines Georgia
Teliani Valley
Vaziani Company
Wine Man
Winery Khareba (Hall 15 / H45)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Solomon Tetrashvili’s garden

by Aleko Tskitishvili

18.02.2015. Solomon Tetrashvili’s hundred-year-old garden in Digomi district, Tbilisi, is a relic of the city’s glorious viticulture of an earlier time. Three hundred square meters of Rkatsiteli vineyards are located at Digomi highway, right across the “Baghnari” restaurant. The vineyard was planted in 1920s, when the residents of Digomi used to own agricultural lands there. The vineyard and a fruit garden represent a unique green island in this part of the city, where preserving similar types of oases requires a great deal of public effort due to the accelerated urbanization process as well as land owners’ willpower to overcome the temptation of lucrative deals for selling their lands.

Hostorically, Digomi used to be quite famous for its gardens and vineyards as it provided the whole city with seasonal fruits. It has not lost this function completely even today, however, the products (including cucumbers, tomatos and greens) are now usually grown in greenhouses. The area of agricultural lands has also been reduced either because of the increasing dwelling unit density or due to general downturn in horticulture and viticulture.

Niko Ketskhoveli was one of those academics, who examined the city’s districts of Gldani, Avchala and Digomi in one of his works – “Cultivated Plant Zones in Georgia” – as sub-regions of table viticulture. According to his work, it was mostly table grape varieties that were produced in these regions of Tbilisi. It is well-known that Gldanura grape, historically common in Gldani, is another name for Gorula, which is one of the best table grapes of Kartli region. Digmura, an endangered red grape varietal that has been long produced in the village of Digomi, requires a proper examination as well. Presumably, Digmura produced ordinary wine and therefore, was used mostly for consumption. Indeed, instead of relying on written records, it would be far more reasonable to taste wines made from Digmura in order to make final conclusions about the grape. This will also allow us to analyze the potential of this varietal in Georgian viniculture.

Armazi Wines' first export to Latvia

18.02.2015. Armazi Wines, a young Georgian winery, has made its first export shipment to Latvia. Armazi exported 6000 bottles, seven types of reds and whites, mostly Kakhetian varieties. The wines will be selling mainly in Latvian wine boutiques and in Maxima supermarket chain.

Wine consumption in Latvia is growing by 7% every year. As Georgian wines are very popular in Latvia, it is considered a strategic market for Georgia. The winery is negotiating with Estonian and Lithuanian importers to increase exports in second half of 2015.

Armazi wines plans to export its wines mainly to EU countries because of its low risks unlike Russia. The Georgia-EU Association Agreement also makes exports cheaper, so the wine price on the shelf has being decreased.

Armazi Wines was founded by Beka Khergiani and George Sharvashidze. Armazi is the name of a location in Georgia, 4 km southwest of Mtskheta and 22 km northwest of Tbilisi. Armazi has changed the history of wine after archaeologists found a wine cellar, dated as IV century BC. Moreover, the emblem of the company is a coin, found in this cellar, created for the warriors of a first king of Georgia – Pharnavaz I of Iberia.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Georgian wine export reduced dramatically

17.02.2015. (Hvino News) The economic crisis in the main destination countries of Georgian wine export has led to sharp decrease in Georgia's wine and spirits exports.

In January  wine and brandy export revenues decreased dramatically, while chacha sales went up by 34% compared to early 2014.

The Russian Federation is the most important economic actor in the major export markets for Georgian wine both in the post-Soviet countries, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Thus, the crisis faced by Russia significantly affects the economic environment for Georgian wine export.

In January 2015 Georgian wine exports  to the Russian Federation significantly reduced (by 87%, or by 2 354 334 bottles), to Azerbaijan - (70%, 31 716 bottles), Ukraine- (52%, 346 454 bottles), Estonia-(49% , 27 300 bottles), Kazakhstan - (17%, 39 138 bottles). Smaller decline in sales is observed in Poland and Latvia, however, these markets maintain  stability along with Lithuania and Uzbekistan, where January exports increased minimally.

By contrast, sales increased significantly in East Asia - China and Japan, where the government takes special measures aimed at  diversification of export market.

Thus, in January 2015, the Georgian wine exports decreased by  67% or  2 694 084 bottles.

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Boston Wine Expo: Reaction to qvevri wine

by Terry Sullivan

17.02.2015. The 2015 Boston Wine Expo [read more in: Georgia to showcase wines at Boston Wine Expo] was cut short due to yet another blizzard to plague Boston. On Saturday, I spent most of my time pouring wines and gently educating wine enthusiasts for Badagoni Winery in the country Georgia. I enjoyed working the inside of the table. Unfortunately, I never had the time to visit many of the other tables at the expo that I was planning to visit. I was just having too much fun.

Most of the expo attendees that stopped at the Badagoni table have not had wines from the country Georgia. I used my ipad to show the location of Georgia and photos of the grapes in the wines they were tasting. One of the wines was a qvevri wine. I used photos to explain what qvevris were and how they were made. I also talked about the Alaverdi Monastery qvevri Rkatsiteli the qvevri wine we were serving at our table. Reaction to the question, “Are American wine enthusiasts ready for Georgian white qvevri wines,” was mixed. A little over half of those I asked said yes, others did not think so. Of those saying yes, some were red wine drinkers. I suggested they try a white wine and poured the qvevri white wine. It was well received. Another discovery was the need to provide education about the qvevri wines prior to tasting them.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Expert commented on Georgia's alcohol excise tax rise

16.02.2015 (Hvino News).  Eric Livny, director of International School of Economics (ISET) at Tbilisi's university, commented on Georgia's government plan to increase alcohol and tobacco excise taxes (read more in New rules in Georgia to regulate wines and spirits).

In Livny's article "Harmonize, but do not Harm!" posted in ISET's online journal, the economic expert writes:
Yet another example of rushed legislation that appears to ignore the interests of businesses concerns the recent decision to increase excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco as of January 1, 2015. The Government’s official aim was to increase budget revenues while harmonizing Georgia’s regulatory environment with that of the EU. Yet, the manner in which the whole process was rushed raises many questions.Georgian companies were not allowed any time to adjust their investment and production decisions, leaving them with excess capacity and losses. Furthermore, the level of excise taxes on alcohol was set at a level exceeding that of many European nations. This was decided without examining relevant demand elasticities, that is, the extent to which higher taxes will affect sales and budget revenues. In a country with rich traditions in home production of high quality alcoholic drinks (that are not subject to excise taxes), demand for alcohol is likely to be quite a bit more elastic than in most European nations. After all, Georgian consumers can switch to homemade wine or chacha, spelling doom for Georgian government’s plans to raise an extra 100 mln GEL in excise tax revenue.

11 Georgian wines win awards at China's CWSA Best Value 2015

16.02.2015 (Hvino News). 11 Georgian wines have won prizes at CWSA (China Wine & Spirits Awards) Best Value 2015. The CWSA, based in Hong Kong, is the biggest wine and spirits competition in China.

The Georgian prize-winners are:

Double Gold
Tamada Kindzmarauli
Georgian Wines and Spirits Company
Double Gold
Double Gold
Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest
Chateau Mukhrani
Chateau Mukhrani
Tamada Saperavi
Georgian Wines and Spirits Company

Japan women’s wine contest awards two Georgian wines

16.02.2015 (Hvino News). Two Georgian wines have won prizes at Sakura 2015 - Japan Women's Wine Awards.

Double Gold Award was given to Lukasi Chkhaveri Rosé 2012, and Silver Award was given to Marani Kondoli Mtsvane-Kisi 2013.

Keti Gersamia of Lukasi wine company  said this success had brought new challenges to the company. She said several large-scale restaurant and shop networks in Germany, Belgium, Austria and Russia expressed their interest towards their products. The Lukasi company was founded by Keti Gersamia and her husband Mamuka Dolidze.  "We aim to have high quality, not mass-produced wines. We’d rather produce small quantities of very good wine,"  said Keti Gersamia.

Sakura 2015' results were announced on Valentine's Day, February 14. Total of 2,904 wines participated in the competition. The jury consisted of 340 women wine specialists - this is the reason why the competition is called "women's awards" (participation is not restricted by gender).

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

John Wurdeman (Pheasant's Tears): Restrictions on employment of foreigners will lead to stagnation

15.02.2015. John Wurdeman, founder of Pheasant's Tears winery, assesses expected restrictions on the employment of foreigners in Georgia.

"If foreigners’  entry into the country  and employment is complicated, it will cause  the country’s stagnation ", - the American businessman commented amendments to the labor migration bill, according to  which  free employment of foreigners in Georgia will be  limited.

John Wurdeman, who lives and works in Georgia for 20 years, says  that Georgia should use every opportunity to obtain new knowledge and experience. Similar restrictions will only hurt the country.

"Georgians still can teach the outside world a lot. If we want capitalism and a free economy, we don’t have experience of  more than 20 years. For example - all Georgian families are  cool hosts, but the service culture in restaurants is very low, quite different from the European and American levels of culture,”- Pheasant's Tears' owner notes.

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Georgian wine’s uphill battle for its rights in China

15.02.2015. Sakpatenti, National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia, won the case over the famous Georgian wine brand Khvanchkara in China [read also: Dispute over “Khvanchkara” is successfully settled in China] and expects that appeals concerning other controversial brands will be satisfied as well. However, the case unveils blemishes in Georgia’s wine marketing strategy.

Integration Marketing Communication specialist Eldar Pirmisashvili believes that Georgian wine companies just do not understand the role marketing plays in business.

On May 23, 2013, Sakpatenti filed six applications for appellations of origin of Georgian wines Tvishi, Khvanchkara, Tsinandali, Kindzmarauli, Mukuzani and Georgian chacha for registration at the Chinese Trademark Office. Examination of Mukuzani and Tvishi applications proceeded without delay and in January of 2015 both were registered. But the remaining four applications were rejected due to the similarity to the already registered marks. According to Sakpatenti, two Chinese companies and one private person held the ownership right over brands in question. Sakpatenti filed a lawsuit against the swindlers and won the case by February 6. It does not expect Khvanchkara to be disputed and after the expiration of the three-month opposition period, Khvanchkara will automatically be registered to the name of Georgia.

Georgian wines don’t overcome the ruble barrier

15.02.2015. According to the Ministry of Economic Development of Georgia, last year, due to trade relations with Russia, the country gained $180 million. Officials of the governmental administration don’t hide that without this money, the devaluation of the national currency would be higher – not 15%, like it is today, but 30%.

However, trade relations with the northern neighbor are experiencing difficulties at the moment. For the first time they are connected not with political, but purely economic problems. Moscow is fulfilling all the agreements on restoring mutual trade which were achieved in the format of the Prague dialogue between the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Grigory Karasin, and the special envoy of the Georgian Premier, Zurab Abashidze. The prohibitions of Rospoterbnadzor and Rosselkhoznadzor on Georgian products were canceled.

Even though Georgia signed the association agreement with the EU and new rules began their operation in the Eurasian Economic Union, Moscow held open the economic border with Georgia, hoping for further normalization of relations.

Friday, February 13, 2015

New rules in Georgia to regulate wines and spirits

13.02.2015. New rules are being introduced in Georgia to certify alcoholic beverages in a bid to improve the quality of wine and spirits and stop counterfeiting of local products.

The new regulations will make it easier for the National Wine Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture to certify wine and alcoholic beverages, which then must go through inspection and the quality control procedures, said Georgia’s Ministry of Agriculture.

According to the changes it will be mandatory to mark all alcoholic beverages with the special numbers – this will enable supervisors to get full information about the product.

Agriculture Minister Otar Danelia believed the new regulations would guarantee the high quality of Georgian wine and alcoholic beverages as well as promoting counterfeiting prevention, not only in Georgia but in its export markets.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Georgian wines in Bordeaux

12.02.2015 (Hvino News) Georgian wines and traditional Georgian wine making method were presented in Bordeaux Wine & Spirits Institute (INSEEC).

The event was supported by Georgian National Wine Agency, and leading qvevri producers were represented:  Lagvinari, Iago’s Wine, Vinoterra (Schuchmann Wines), Pheasant's Tears and others.

8000-years of wine making history, ancient cultivated vine pips, pre-historic wine fermentation vessels, as well as traditional Georgian winemaking method were presented to the INSEEC students.

Event was organized by Davit Jishkariani, student at Bordeaux Wine & Spirits Institute and member of Georgian Wine Club. He noted: “It is crucially important to introduce Georgian wine culture to young wine professionals and wine enthusiasts  as they will be the ones  which will present these wines and wine culture to the final consumer.

IFC offers $2 million loan to Tbilvino wine company

12.02.2015. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing a $2 million USD (4 million GEL) loan to one of Georgia's largest wine-makers and exporters.

The financial support offered to Tbilvino aimed to spur the establishment of new jobs and generate tax revenues for the state budget. This in turn would encourage economic growth, said the IFC press office today.

Furthermore, the money would support the company's working capital and enable further growth, said IFC.

The financial support would contribute to the development of Georgia’s wine sector, which provided employment to a large number of households in rural areas. Subsequently, the loan was expected to have a direct impact on poverty reduction, as more than half of Georgia's poor live in rural areas, and create jobs both directly and indirectly.

"As an industry leader and producer of the most in-demand Georgian wines, we need a guaranteed source of high quality supply of grapes,” said Tbilvino president George Margvelashvili.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kvevri, Satsnakheli, Gideli, Orshimo... The traditions of Georgian wine

11.02.2015. “When wine is aged in a clay vessel, it assumes a completely different taste and properties. As you know, any wine requires filtering and processing. Upon pouring wine into a kvevri (a giant clay jug) my grandfather, who was from Guria, used to take a handful of bluish Askaneti soil, wrap it tightly in gossamer and leave it hanging inside the jug for the entire winter. The soil would absorb all harmful substances and waste, leaving the wine crystal clear,” Beso Bajelidze says. Bajelidze is the director of the Georgian Parliament’s National Library’s wine hall. We asked him to share traditions of Georgian winemaking with our readers:

– Before we move onto the main topic, could you first explain why was it decided to add a wine hall to the National Library?

– The idea belongs to Giorgi Kekelidze, director of the library and Malkhaz Kharbedia, founder of the Wine Club. They decided that Georgia needs to have a library dedicated to this particular field. We gathered a multitude of books scattered about numerous libraries and placed them in this hall. Currently we have 700 books on winemaking and viticulture in general here, and new additions arrive daily. We also have books dedicated to origins and history of various alcoholic drinks, ways of combating diseases that affect grapevines and so on. Not bad for a start, is it? Wine isn’t just something that gets you drunk. It is an aspect of enormous cultural heritage that needs to be treasured and protected. Today we have up to 600 grape varieties in Georgia – many of them are on the brink of disappearance, unfortunately.

Our library isn’t just about collecting books; we are also creating a digital database that would contain information on all the Georgian winemakers that ever existed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Supply of wine from Georgia to Russia decreased 7.5 times

10.02.2015. In January 2015, Georgia exported 1 million 343 thousand bottles (0.75 liters) of natural wine, which is 3 times less than in January 2014, Russian news agency Interfax informs referring to the National Wine Agency of Georgia.

According to the representative of the department, such a sharp decline in exports was mainly due to the devaluation of the ruble, which is why the delivery of wine to the Russian market decreased 7.5 times compared with January last year – and amounted to 366 thousand bottles (27.3 percent of the total exports).

Meanwhile, Russia still ranks first among importers of Georgian wine exported to 16 countries in January. It is followed by Ukraine where supply of wine decreased 2.1 times because of the situation in the country and the fall of hryvna and amounted to  324 thousand bottles, the top five importers also include Kazakhstan, Latvia and Poland.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

The new French-made documentary on Georgian wine released (with video)

09.02.2015 (Hvino News). À la source du vin ("At the source of wine") is the title of new French-made documentary film about Georgian wine, released on January 31, 2015 on French television. The new 52 minutes documentary was directed by Philippe Gasnier, who also is the author of script. Film's story line is the meeting between French and Georgian winemakers who are in love with making natural wine. Hvino News is planning to publish an exclusive interview with Philippe Gasnier soon.

You may watch the full documentary À la source du vin below (the language is French).

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dispute over “Khvanchkara” is successfully settled in China

08.02.2015.  The Trademark Office the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC) invalidated the unfairly registered appellation of origin of Georgian wine “Khvanchkara”. Besides, disputes over unlawfully registered appellations of origin “Tsinandali”, “Kindzmarauli” and geographical indication “Chacha” have continued between Sakpatenti and two Chinese companies since February 2014. National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia “Sakpatenti” expects that appeals over the other controversial appellations will be satisfied as well.

On May 23, 2013 Sakpatenti filed 6 applications for appellations of origin of Georgian wines “Tvishi”, “Khvanchkara”, “Tsinandali”, “Kindzmarauli”, “Mukuzani” and Georgian geographical indication “Chacha” for registration with the SAIC Trademark Office. 4 applications were rejected due to the similarity to the already registered marks. Examination on 2 appellations “Mukuzani” and “Tvishi” proceeded without any delay. In January 2015 both appellations were registered.

Sakpatenti does not expect “Khvanchkara” to be disputed. Accordingly, after the expiry of the opposition period, the appellation of origin of Georgian wine will automatically be registered in the name of Georgia.

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