Saturday, June 18, 2016

66 Georgian wines win at 2016's Decanter World Wine Awards

18.06.2016 (Hvino News). The 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results were officially announced on June 16. 66 Georgian wines have been awarded in this year's competition, which is a huge progress compared to 28 and 35 awarded wines in 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Quality of awards has also progressed significantly compared to previous years. In 2016 Georgia has 10 Silver Awards in contrast to 4 last year (details here) and just one in 2014 (details here).

List of 2016 Georgian  Silver and Bronze winners follows below:

Silver Awards:
Château Mukhrani Reserve du Prince 2013 White
JSC Telavi Wine Cellar Marani 2015 Red
JSC Telavi Wine Cellar Marani Mtsvane NV White
JSC Telavi Wine Cellar Satrapezo Icewine Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Red
JSC Telavi Wine Cellar Satrapezo Saperavi 2013 Red
Lukasi  Family Reserve Saperavi 2013 Red
Marani Kondoli Vineyards Mtsvane-Kisi 2015 White
Schuchmann Wines Georgia Khvanchkara  2015 Red
Tamada 2013 Red
Tamada Rkatsiteli-Mtsvane 2014 White

Friday, June 17, 2016

What makes Sakartvelo (Georgian) wines so difficult

17.06.2016. Before heading on trip to Georgia (country, not US state…) I started to read up more on the various regions and wines to have a better idea of what I was heading in to. As often stated, the country has been producing wine for 8,000 years and has over 500 native grape varieties. For anyone trying to wrap their head around all the more popular European grape and region names, this is not welcome news…

I soon gave up as I realized that somewhere along the line, someone acted out a linguistic vendetta towards the Georgians and transliterated the Georgian names into the weirdest concoctions you’ve ever seen, specifically with the over-abundance of the letter ‘v’ which is sometimes actually a ‘v’ and other times a ‘u’. This can be no easier seen in the fact that we have the name of Georgia completely an utterly wrong in English as it’s actually Sakartvelo. That’s not as hard as it sounds as it’s actually pronounced ‘sakartuelo’ which goes to show how ridiculous this whole ‘v’ thing is.

Added in to this fun is that the US state of Georgia produces wine as well and at some point, even if it’s never recognized at a UN level, in the wine trade we should really refer to Georgian wines as Sakartvelo wines as they as certainly worthy of being un-confused with those wines from the humid South of the United States. In fact, let’s start doing that right here and now.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wine used in ritual ceremonies 5000 years ago in Georgia, the cradle of viticulture

14.06.2016. Georgian-Italian archaeological expedition of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in collaboration with the Georgian Museum of Tbilisi has discovered vine pollen in a zoomorphic vessel used in ritual ceremonies by the Kura-Araxes population. [The findings were announced today by the Italian university - HN].

In the archeological site of Aradetis Orgora, 100 kilometers to the west of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Ca’ Foscari’s expedition led by Elena Rova (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) and Iulon Gagoshidze (Georgian National Museum Tbilisi) has discovered traces of wine inside an animal-shaped ceramic vessel (circa 3,000 BC), probably used for cultic activities.

The vessel has an animal-shaped body with three small feet and a pouring hole on the back. The head is missing. It was found, together with a second similar vessel and a Kura-Araxes jar, on the burnt floor of a large rectangular area with rounded corners, arguably a sort of shrine used for cultic activities. Results of radiometric (C14) analyses confirm that the finds date to circa 3000-2900 BC. Both zoomorphic vessels are an unicum in the region.

The vessel, examined by palynologist Eliso Kvavadze, contains numerous well-preserved grains of pollen of Vitis vinifera (common grape vine), which shows wine’s strategic role in the Kura-Araxes culture for ritual libations.

According to professor Rova, this is a significant discovery, «because the context of discovery suggests that wine was drawn from the jar and offered to the gods or commonly consumed by the participants to the ceremony».

Meiburg to host Asia Georgian wine festival

by Lucy Jenkins

14.06.2016. Happening across Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai this month, Debra Meiburg’s Georgian Wine Festival is determined to place Georgian wines firmly in the minds of Asia’s wine drinkers.

Focusing on the “diversity and distinctiveness” that characterizes Georgian wines, members of the wine trade and wine consumers will be exposed to the breadth of wine styles typical to Georgia, including sparkling to still, semi-sweet to dry and wines aged in qvevri – Georgia’s traditional earthenware pots.

Debra Meiburg MW will shine a light on over 50 Georgian wines and 10 Georgian winemakers will be in attendance at trade and public tastings happening in Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai.

There’ll be a ‘Georgian Wine Day’ hosted in Shanghai on Wednesday 22 June, and Hong Kong on Friday 24, June with an in-depth tasting of 12 wines, an overview of the wine-producing regions and history of winemaking in Georgia, its native grapes and their characteristics.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Georgian Wine Festival in Hong Kong & Shanghai

10.06.2016 (Hvino News). Georgian wine has emerged as a key global wine trend in 2016, capturing the attention of visiting Masters of Wine, sommeliers, international media and more. Don't miss your chance to taste the full spectrum of Georgian wines, under the guidance of Debra Meiburg, Master of Wine.

(1) Taste more than 50 Georgian wines
(2) Appreciate the full range on offer, from sparkling to still, white to red, semi-sweet to dry, and classic to modern
(3) Meet and taste with 10 winemakers and representatives direct from Georgia, exclusively for the Georgia Wine Festival.

Date: 24 June 2016, Friday. Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Venue: Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok. Full-fare ticket: HK$70; combo for two: HK$100.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 2016 is Georgian Wine Month in USA

09.06.2016. (Hvino News). June has been declared as Georgian wine month in the US. Georgia’s National Wine Agency is sponsoring a variety of events in the USA throughout the month. Branching out from 2014’s inaugural tasting in New York, and first Georgian Wine Month held in October 2016, this year’s tour also includes New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

Attendees will have the opportunity to taste an array of Georgia’s indigenous grapes, and to compare these varieties produced in both modern and traditional (“qvevri”) production styles. Wines from all of Georgia’s leading producers, both big and small, will be poured, including several wineries making their debut appearance.

Each tasting will be preceded by a limited-seating seminar and tutored tasting on Georgian wine & wine culture. Accredited press and trade only.

Monday, June 13th at Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar
13 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
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Walk-around tasting: 12-3:30pm

The raw, wild, weird, and previously ungettable wines of Georgia (in Portland, USA)

by Jordan Michelman

09.06.2016. On this coming Thursday, June 9, curious drinkers in Portland have an opportunity to try some of the most buzzed about natural wines in the world all day at P.R.E.A.M. (2131 SE 11th Ave., 503-231-2809), the Wu­Tang leaning pizzeria from Ned Ludd vet Nicholas Ford. Those would be the wines of Georgia—the nation, not the state—in a wine list takeover curated by Ryan Jones of Ardor Natural Wines.

If you’re unfamiliar with Georgian wine—or natural wine in the first place—the two have a symbiotic relationship that goes back thousands of years. Georgia is arguably where winemaking was invented, and in this small Caucus nation, independent from Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union, it has long been fused with the local music and religious traditions into something like a Dionysian feasting and drinking culture

That’s all described beautifully in the wine writer Alice Feiring’s ode to Georgia, “For The Love of Wine”, a loving survey of the subject. Between all day feasts and visits to backyard wineries, Feiring describes how Stalin, himself Georgian, nearly snuffed out the local winemaking traditions in favor of mass produced factory wine.

Local winemaking traditions went underground and persevered, centered largely around the use of q​vevri​—enormous beeswax-­lined clay vinification vessels that are the calling card of Georgian wine.

Wine Tourism Association: Small companies produce better quality wines than large winemakers

09.06.2016. Small-scale wineries produce better products than the big industrial producers, according to Levan Chubinidze, founder of Wine Tourism Association. In his opinion, today there is very intense competition between winemakers, as they attended various exhibitions both in Georgia and abroad.

"It's good, but in order to establish business contacts, it is necessry to meet with potential partners, while small companies have limited possibilities of this" - he said.

The founder of the Association, interviewed by Commersant, spoke about the inevitability of retraining of people involved in the sector as well as infrastructure development to boost the wine tourism in the country.

In Chubinidze’s words, Georgia is the country of wine tourism which definitely has a great potential. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to develop the sector. Infrastructure development, training of people will be the right investment that will bring results.

Giorgi Samanishvili, director of the National Wine Agency, says that from year to year a lot of new wine companies start operating on the market. In his words, in the coming days export data of 5 months will be made public [already published here - HN], but it can be said that compared to last year the volume of exports has increased.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Ancient winery area in Georgia

07.06.2016. General Director of National Museum of Georgia Davit Lordkipanidze, head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, representatives of National Agency of Cultural Heritage Defense and Georgian Wine Association visited Qvemo Qartli, Imiri and saw archaeological findings of VI century B.C.

As a result of the archaeological expedition, grape stones of VI century B.C were discovered in Qvemo Qartli. Complex investigation has  determined, that first time, wild vine was domesticated in Georgia and wine was made of cultivated vine. Cultivated vine dust cell is discovered in the scrapings of the ware, that confirms the existence of wine in this wares.

As the head of the National Wine Agency mentioned, “Georgian Vine and  Wine Investigation” project, which provides the archaeological excavation, is very important for Georgian wine popularization."

“This project is generally important for Georgian history and especially for research of winery and viticulture, as this is the place   the affirmative  materials that  Georgia is the oldest area of winery were discovered. These excavation is for finding additional artifacts to strengthen our ancient Winery history. We started producing wine 8 thousand years ago and this process was continuous, which is very important. In Georgia, wine is produced the same way and is as good, as thousand years before”- mentioned Giorgi Samanishvili.

Official: Georgia's wine export statistics for 5 months (2016)

07.06.2016 (Hvino News). According to National Wine Agency, in January - May 2016, 15 053 106 bottles of wine (0.75 l) was exported Georgia to 34 countries worldwide, that is 44% higher, than the similar data of the past year. In the period under review, 35.04 million USD worth of wine was exported, that is 16 % higher, than the similar data of the past year.

According to data of January-May, the five of exporting countries are the following: Russia - 7 560 974 bottles; Ukraine – 1 853 663 bottles, Kazakhstan – 1 620 046 bottles, China – 1 242 523 bottles, Poland - 835 792 bottles.

The increase of export in the period under review is notable in the following countries: China – 106% ( 1 242 523), Ukraine – 73% (1 853 663), Russia – 59% (7 560 974), Belarus – 77% (262 838), Lithuania – 46% ( 244 368), Poland – 30% (835 792), Estonia – 17% (236 496), Kirghistan – 171% (107 646), Germany 31% (141 328), Canada – 25% ( 77 100), UK – 79 (52 126) and etc.

Also, 3 330 333 bottles of brand (0.5 l) was exported in 13 countries worldwide, that is 69% higher than the similar data of 2015. Totally, 7.7 million USD worth of brand was exported, that is 35% higher than the similar data of the past year.

Totally, wine, brandy, chacha, wine materials, brandy on tap and brandy alcohol export income of the period under review exceeded 61.1 mil USD. According to the data of the 5 months of the past year, the indicator amount was 45.5 mil USD.

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Ancient remains stake Georgia’s claim as cradle of wine culture

07.06.2016. A historic archaeological discovery in south-eastern Georgia's Kvemo Kartli region has provided fresh support for the country's claim of being the birthplace of wine-making.

On Monday the Georgian National Museum (GNM) announced grape seeds and vine dust dating back to 6,000 BC had been discovered at the Gadachrili Gora archaeological site.

The area is located near Imiri village, 35km south of capital Tbilisi, and is the site of an international expedition jointly organised by the GNM and the University of Toronto, Canada.

The GNM announcement said a complex study of vine dust remains found in ancient ceramic vessels had confirmed they had been used for wine at the Neolithic location.

GNM said the study had established the ancient Georgian region as the first location where humans had turned wild vine vegetation into domestic culture.

As well as finding traces of wine, the archaeological dig also uncovered residential buildings, domestic work instruments, vessels and pits at the site, and other discoveries.

Digs at the Gadachrili Gora site have revealed ancient wine-making artefacts since 2014, when the international project ‘Research and Popularization of Georgian Grape and Wine Culture’ was initiated by the GNM, the Georgian Wine Association and the National Wine Agency of Georgia.

Findings at the site indicated that ancient people from this area were the first to use wild grapes and vines for health, religious and spiritual reasons, with the vine culture later spreading around the globe.

Monday, June 6, 2016

"Wine & Spirits": Crazy for Qvevri

by Tara Q. Thomas

“Maybe qvevri wine is more interesting for people in the US and in Europe, but from my point of view, the most important thing in wine is the vineyard.”
—Malkhaz Jackelli

06.06.2016. There’s a scene in For the Love of Wine, a new book on Georgian wine, where author Alice Feiring dreams of a SWAT team swooping in to protect the country’s qvevris. Georgians have vinified their wines in these huge earthenware vessels for most of the country’s 8,000-year winemaking history, but by the time Feiring visits a qvevri maker in 2013, there are only three manufacturers left, and she fears there will be none if Georgia succumbs to the pressures of the outside world.

It’s an ironic situation, as Feiring points out in her book, as the winemaking world outside of Georgia is crazy for qvevri right now. Josko Gravner was an early adopter, along with his neighbors in Slovenia and Italy’s Friuli, Stanko Radikon, Edi Kante, and Giorgio and Nicolò Bensa of La Castellada. The French grew more interested in 2013, after Feiring brought a couple Georgians to La Dive, a gathering of natural winemakers in the Loire. Thierry Puzelat began importing Georgian wines to France, along with some qvevri. Jean Foillard, Thierry Germain, Nicolas Reau, Philippe Tessier and Hervé Villemade ordered amphorae as well, she reports. In the US, winemakers from Long Island (Channing Daughters) to California are making wines in clay vessels; in Oregon, winemaker and ceramicist Andrew Beckham is firing amphorae both for his own wines and to sell.

Sommeliers are fascinated by Georgia’s qvevri wines, too. “There are some very interesting grape varieties in Georgia,” says Roger Dagorn, who lists Georgian wines at Tocqueville and The Fourth in NYC, “but what makes Georgia unique is its history, and most of it was in qvevri. These are things that I can talk to people about; they are curious and interesting.”

"Wine & Spirits" tasting results 2016: Crazy for qvevri

06.06.2016 (Hvino News). A year ago Hvino News reported that Wine & Spirits - one of industry's leading magazines - started to pay much more attention to Georgian wines (see
"Wine & Spirits" tasting results: Sharp increase in number of Georgian wines).

In this year's edition, Georgian winemakers are not only represented equally well with 15 wines, but Wine & Spirits also published a separate article devoted to them.

In her article "Crazy for Qvevri", the author Tara Q. Tomas is more that just educating the readers about the qvevri and the Georgia's past - she is touching the question of the future retrospectives of Georgian winemaking.

The article reads: "Yet qvevri wines are estimated to make up less than one percent of Georgia’s wine exports, and, while wines made in stainless steel and cement tanks have long been associated with Soviet-era bulk wines, a number of quality wines vinified in stainless steel are emerging, raising the question of whether qvevri is the only way forward for Georgian wine".

"Lisa Granik, a Master of Wine who has lived in Georgia, believes the qvevri question has evolved as winemakers get a better grasp on what they have in their vineyards. “Now the question is, are all of their grape varieties better in qvevri?” “What we saw,” she recalls, “is that qvevri is a great equalizer.”

While Jeff Berlin prefers to pour qvevri wines at À Côté [restaurant] in Berkeley for their unique flavor and history, he’s not about to declare that it’s the only thing the country can do. “Georgia is such a beautiful blank canvas with a whole new palette of colors,” he says, “and they should be encouraged to experiment however they can.”

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The highest rating (93) was reached by Gotsa Family Wines' Asureti Valley Chinuri 2014, suggested retail price 30 USD. See the scans for more information on other Georgian wines, which are marked in yellow (click on pictures to enlarge).

The wines were rated and described by an individual critic. Wines from 80 to 85 are recommended as good examples of their variety or region. Wines from 86 to 89 are highly recommended; from 90 to 94 are exceptional examples of their type; and 95 or higher are superlative, rare finds.

Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published eight times a year and read by over 200,000 members of wine community.

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Cultivation of ancient Meskhetian vine begins in Samtskhe-Javakheti

06.06.2016 (Hvino News). Cultivation of ancient Meskhetian vine begins at the territory of so-called Khizabavri Meskhetian Terraces, region Samtskhe-Javakheti.

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili took part in the planting of ancient varieties of grapes in the village of Aspindza. Founders of the terraces rehabilitation project are Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze [owners of TBC Bank - HN]. Investment in this project amounts to approximately half a million GEL. 17 rare varieties of grapes are planted on the rehabilitated terraces.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Mamuka Khazaradze, Badri Japaridze, as well as director of Vardzia Terraces Giorgi Natenadze and Archbishop Teodore have planted the first saplings.

As Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said, "This is more than revival of viticulture, it will be the beginning of the revival of the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti region and Georgia in general."

"I am delighted that we have restored this monument of culture, which no one had remembered for centuries; life will come back to the region,  more visitors and tourists will be coming," - said Mr. Kvirikashvili.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Results of 8-th International Wine Competition in Tbilisi announced

06.06.2016 (Hvino News) The 8-th International Wine competition was held in the framework of WinExpo Georgia 2016 on June 3-5th.

The results of the Tbilisi wine competition were announced at the awards ceremony.

The jury of the international wine competition was chaired by Tim Atkin MW (Great Britain). "A pleasure to judge Georgian wines", - he wrote in his Twitter.

The panel included Kenichi Ohashi MW (Japan), Richard Kershaw MS (South Africa), Isa Bal MS (Turkey), Mikhail Meskhi (Georgia), Levan Davitashvili (Georgia).

"The Best of the Show" Trophy was awarded to qvevri wine Saperavi Rcheuli Qvevri by Satsnakheli.

The company representatives were awarded with special diplomas.

The full list of award winners is below:



Saperavi Rcheuli Qvevri

Red D/K
Qvevri Trophy Saperavi


Kakhetian Wine Cellar
White Dry 
Dry White Trophy

White D/Q
Qisi Trophy

Shalauri Cellar
White D/Q
Rkatsiteli Trophy

Babaneuri Cellar
White D/Q
Mtsvane Trophy

Red Dry
Ojaleshi Trophy

Mukuzani Georgika
Red Dry
Saperavi Trophy 

Saperavi Rcheuli Qvevri
Red D/K
Qvevri Trophy Saperavi

Red S/S
Red Semi Sweet Trophy

Saturday, June 4, 2016

GWS to play classical music in vineyards to produce new wine brand

04.06.2016 (Hvino News). On June 3 at Tbilisi's Rooms Hotel Georgian wine producer GWS made a presentation of its new brand Vismino.

Vismino (the name comes from Georgian word for "listen") is original concept based on the special importance of music in Georgian culture and in wine-making particularly, confirmed by analysis of Georgian traditional songs and chants.

The wine  label was designed  using special equipment which converts music into abstract paintings. Vismino label was designed using the classical music of Rachmaninov, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. The music was chosen "based on the nature of wine" by renowned oenologist.

Music is also supposed to be played in the actual vineyards where the grapes for Vismino are produced.

Guests of the event took part in the production of the "music labels".

In development of new brand, GWS cooperated with Georgian branding agency Windfor's and composer Nikoloz Machaidze.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Wine business among priorities for new China-Georgia trade and investment council

03.06.2016 (Hvino News). According to Dimitri Kumsishvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and Deputy PM, a new trade and investment council will be established in China and Georgia. The Minister made announcement after the meeting with representatives of the People's Republic of China.

Mr. Kumsishvili noted that the wine direction was particularly emphasized at the meeting. "It is extremely important for our wine to enter the Chinese market without problems. Our Chinese colleagues proved that they welcome wine export, as Georgian wine is of high quality and great tradition", - he said.

"The main task of new council is to attract investment and develop trade", -   added Mr. Kumsishvili. “The agreement is very important and meaningful. According to this agreement, we will establish secretariats of the Council, which will invite representatives of both the private sector and the state. The main task will be to attract investments, develop trade and solve all problems in practical dimensions. It also notes the need for creating tools and conducting seminars, which must be permanent both in China and Georgia, in order to facilitate access of Georgian and Chinese companies to each other’s markets”, said Kumsishvili.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Prime Minister opens formerly state-owned wine factory, speaks on importance of privatization

02.06.2016 (Hvino News). "We consider that Georgian wine industry will give new development impetus to rural Georgia", - Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said after the opening ceremony of renovated wine and spirits factory in Gurjaani, Kakheti region. It is a joint project of wine and spirits production company, Bolero & Company, and formerly state-owned winery Gruzvinprom  Map  , one of largest in Georgia's wine industry.

In 2015, 100% shares of state-owned Gruzvinprom were sold to Mamuka Photolashvili for 31 million GEL at an auction, nearly tripling the starting offer (read also: State-owned Gruzvinprom winery auctioned for 31 million.) Mr. Photolashvili is 100%- shareholder of the Bolero & Company.

"Privatization of the largest enterprise is an important event. The government has also allocated funds for the diversification of markets. This will increase the number of wealthy households and provide additional income to the families affiliated with the factory as well as those living in Kakheti and throughout Georgia", - noted the Prime Minister, - "Establishment of the factory is a wonderful fact and a precondition for a new success".

"In recent years we have achieved big success. In the last three years new vineyards have been planted on more than 6,000 ha of territory. … During the past three years Georgian families living in Kakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi and other regions of the country have received more than 400 million GEL from winemaking,” Giorgi Kvirikashvili added.

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9-th WinExpo Georgia and International Wine Award start tomorrow in Tbilisi

02.06.2016 (Hvino News). The 9th International Wine and Spirits Fair - WinExpo Georgia 2016 - will  be held on June 3 - 5 in Tbilisi. Exhibition center ExpoGeorgia is hosting WinExpo at XI Pavilion.

About 70 companies from 5 countries will represent business sectors such as wine and spirits production, machinery and processing lines, glass and bung production, distribution. Wine accessories and traditional handicrafts will be also represented. Small and family-owned cellars  will take part in the trade show, as well as large wine manufacturers.

In conjunction with WinExpo Georgia 2016, the wine contest - 8th International Wine Award - will be held with participation of  international jury consisting of experts and journalists, including Tim Atkin MW (Great Britain), Kenichi Ohashi MW (Japan), Richard Kershaw MS (South Africa), Isa Bal MS (Turkey), Levan Mekhuzla (Georgia).

In the VIP hall of XI Pavilion, an art exhibition by Levan Mosiashvili “The Art of Wine” will be held on June 3-5, open only for exhibitors and visitors.

According to organizers, WinExpo is attracting almost 4000 visitors annually, presenting up to 80 companies from different countries. WinExpo Georgia  will be held at ExpoGeorgia XI Pavilion, which can be reached via Tsereteli Ave. or Samtredia Str.,  at 11:00 a.m.- 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

French President opens "Cité du Vin" in Bordeaux, meets with Georgian Prime Minister

01.06.2016. (Hvino News). On May 31 French president François Hollande and mayor of Bordeaux Alain Juppe officially opened Cité du Vin  (Centre for Wine and Civilizations)  in Bordeaux.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with François Hollande on the sideline of Cité du Vin opening ceremony.

Georgia's PM came to inauguration because the first country exhibition at new 80-million-Euro wine centre will be devoted to the Georgian wine-making.

In July-August 2017 Georgia,  as an honored guest, will present "Vineyard-Georgia", a solo exhibition celebrating its traditional winemaking and viticulture (Read more at:
In 2017 the year of Georgia in Bordeaux will be celebrated at new Center for Wine and Civilizations.) The Bordeaux Centre will jointly organize the exhibition with Georgia.

"We will be able to reveal Georgia as a cradle of wine civilization. Today President Hollande and the Bordeaux Mayor once again confirmed Georgia is a cradle of wine civilization and that is a very important achievement,” Mr. Kvirikashvili said.

Mr. Holland also congratulated Georgia on its 25th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. Mr. Kvirikashvili said after lifting of visa requirements for Georgian citizens in the Schengen area was the main topic of discussion during the brief meeting. "The French President pledged his support in order to have a go-ahead from France over this issue as soon as possible,” Mr. Kvirikashvili told Georgian journalists in Bordeaux.