Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Government subsidizes Vintage 2016

31.08.2016. Within the framework of the Vintage 2015 program, the government decided to issue 0.45 GEL per kg for Rkatsiteli grapes, 0.20 GEL per kg for Saperavi and 0.45 GEL for one kg of Kakhetian Green as subsidies. The highest price is on Mujuretuli/Aleksandrouli grapes with wine factories having to pay 2 GEL per kg within the state subsidies program.

The statement was made by Georgia’s Minister of Agriculture Otar Danelia at the opening of the Vintage 2016 harvest coordination center in Telavi, Kakheti Region.

The event was also attended by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, head of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, and representatives of local government and wine producing companies.

Danelia spoke about the importance of the subsidies from the state, adding the decision was made considering the interest of viticulturists as well as the interests of winemakers.

(Republic of) Georgia on my mind: Wine tourism’s future in the “Cradle of Wine”

by Mike Veseth

31.08.2016. In a few days Sue and I will be jetting off to the Republic of Georgia for the first United Nations World Tourism Organization Global Conference on Wine Tourism.We have been trying to learn all we can about Georgia and its wine and wine tourism industries in preparation for the trip. I thought you might be interested in three of the resources we have found especially useful.

Taber’s Final Frontier

George Taber spent the best part of a year circling the globe collecting wine tourism experiences that he chronicled in an entertaining 2009 book called In Search of Bacchus.  Most of the places Taber visited would be on any globetrotter’s wine tourism map — Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tuscany and so on — and his reporting and first person accounts are very interesting. Taber waited until the final chapter to veer off the conventional road map to visit Georgia, which he calls wine’s “final frontier.”

Taber had a great time in Georgia, the “Cradle of Wine,” 8000 vintages and counting. He loved the people and culture and was fascinated by the wine, reporting on the traditional wine-making process using big clay jars called qvervi (which are buried in the earth as shown below) to ferment and store the wine until ready to drink.

Monday, August 29, 2016

10 Georgian wines win awards at China's CWSA 2016 contest

29.08.2016 (Hvino News). Ten wines from four Georgian producers were awarded at China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA) 2016. Georgian wines won 6 gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze awards. This is a serious progress compared to last year's results, when Georgian products won only 3 medals.

The Georgian prize-winners are:


Shumi Saperavi Cabernet 2014
Shumi Mtsvane Iberiuli 2013
Kakhuri Gvinis Marani Manavi 2014
Kakhuri Gvinis Marani Saperavi 2013
Tsereteli Wine and Spirits Mukuzani 2014
Georgian Vine and Wine Company Saperavi 2015

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Georgian wine tasting & dinner in Washington

24.08.2016. (Hvino News). Please join us for a Georgian wine tasting and dinner conversation with Janet Cam, Janet Cam Consulting, LLC and Noel Brockett, Director of Operations and Sales, Georgian Wine House.

WHEN: Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
WHERE: The Tabard Inn - 1739 N Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036, United States

The Republic of Georgia is considered to be the birthplace of wine – with supporting archaeological evidence dating back to 6000 BC. But is there more than pure historical interest in this fact? Indeed! An ancient Georgian winemaking technique unearthed by the archaeologists has become a passion once again, in modern Georgia: the qvevri method, recognized by UNESCO as the oldest winemaking tradition on the World Heritage list.

These natural wines made with wild airborne yeast have a cider-like nose and oxidized taste reminiscent of sherry. Though the method is rooted in ancient Georgia, modern winemakers around the world have now created an “amber/orange” wine trend, a renaissance of white wine vinified with skin contact which first took place with the use of qvevri. An example of amber wine is available on our wine list by the glass.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Why now is the time to drink wines from Georgia (the country)

Photo: Melissa Hom
by Chris Crowley

19.08.2016. The main thing you notice about Mariam Losebidze’s 2014 Tavkveri is that it tastes like it’s infused with smoked fat. This is wine, albeit obscure wine, and wine tends not to taste like bacon. But Losebidze is one of only a handful of female winemakers from the country of Georgia — the former Soviet republic sandwiched between Russia and Armenia’s northern border — and her wines are unapologetically bold. They were also, until recently, largely only available in her home country. But now some of America’s most progressive importers and sommeliers have turned their attention to Georgia, which produces wines that are unlike anything else.

Just as you might expect, plenty of Georgian wine is a far cry from grand cru Burgundies or the Pinot Noirs of California. For Western palates, much of it can seem, frankly, weird. In a lot of ways, the growing appreciation for Georgian wine is an extension of the continuing demand for so-called natural wines, the catchall term that refers to wines made with minimal processing, resulting in unpredictable, rustic wines where the makers — as opposed to the grape or region — are often the focus.

Even the most hard-core natural-wine geek will still find a lot to unpack when digging into Georgia’s wine culture, which is 8,000 years old. There are, after all, some 525 indigenous grape varietals, about 50 of which are commonly used in commercial production. That means drinkers will have to familiarize themselves with grapes like Rkatsiteli and Kisi. Georgia is also best known for wines that are aged in qvevri, traditional clay vessels that are sealed with honey and buried in the ground and can result in fresh, young wines that nevertheless have a dense, chalky texture.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Teliani Valley to issue new shares

18.08.2016.  Wine producer Teliani Valley JSC plans to increase chartered capital for the second time this year.

Company’s announced capital is planned to grow by 12 million shares up to 400 million. Nominal value on per share totals to 0.01 GEL. In addition , a preemptive right is scheduled to be abolished on the issued shares, provided that without the decision of shareholders, emission price of newly issued shares should not be less than the price set by the last public offering.

The issue should be discussed at the shareholders meeting of Teliani Valley, which should be held on September 6. To remind, Teliani Valley has announced about attraction of 13 million USD late in July. The company placed 200 million pieces of shares with voting right, which was purchased merely by the shareholders. Nominal value on per share was 0.065 USD.

The shareholders of Teliani Valley are:

  • Liberty Consumer – 47,75%%, 
  • BGEO Group – 27,42%, 
  • Firebird Avrora Fund – 14,21%, 
  • Firebird Republics Fund – 8.82%. 

It is known, that the company is building a beer plant, and the funding will be used for that project. According to preliminary estimation, total project value (excluding VAT) amounts to 37 million USD. “Heineken”, “Amstel” and “Krushovitse” beer brands will be produced in the plant.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Georgia and UNWTO to host first Global Conference on Wine Tourism (+ Conference Program)

17.08.2016 (Hvino News). The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Georgian National Tourism Administration will present the 1st UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism to be held in the Kakheti wine region of Georgia from 7-9 September.

See the conference program below.

The Conference will have a unique and dynamic format in which the sessions will take place in different wineries. Expert speakers will provide snapshot presentations to lead the debates which will ensue at each of the tables. Participants will be requested to actively participate in the interactive debates with the expert speakers which will be rotating among the tables. The conclusions of the Conference will be a compilation of all the information debated during each meeting.

“Wine tourism represents a growing segment with immense opportunities to diversify demand. In the case of Georgia, this potential is well-known and we are very pleased to be holding the first UNWTO Global Conference on Wine Tourism in the country,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UNWTO.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"Uncorking the Caucasus": A new book on wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia

14.08.2016 (Hvino News). Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia - is a new book by Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan, to be released in September. Based on the authors’ three-month wine travel trip through the Caucasus, this book takes a ground-level approach, which enables the readers to experience an intimate journey through the cradle of wine.

Part travel narrative and part wine guide, this book will take the readers on a tasting tour through the wine regions in the three countries, recommend the best wines each place has to offer, provide anecdotal insights into the wine culture of each country, and discuss the history of ancient winemaking based on archeological evidence.

Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia all claim to be the birthplace of wine. “There are many arguments about the origin of wine; from an archaeological perspective, the signs point to about 8,000 years ago in the Transcaucasia —which includes present - day Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey”, -  the authors point out. Some of those claims are supported by archaeological findings and some by anecdotal evidence. However, this book isn’t about determining the birthplace of wine, but rather the goal is to capture the ethos of a wine region—that is the connection between wine, people, and place.

Uncorking the Caucasus 
Subtitle: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia
Release Date: September 2016
Price: USD 22.00
Publisher: The Blue Roster Private Limited, Singapore.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Georgian winery Madloba to ship 300,000 bottles to China

13.08.2016. Georgia is about to send a large cache of traditional wine to China.

In the coming days Georgian wine company Madloba (‘thank you’ in English) will export about 300,000 bottles of Georgian wine to the Asian nation.

The large export is possible thanks to assistance from the Entrepreneurship Development Agency (Enterprise Georgia).

Madloba will also organise several international wine exhibitions in China to raise awareness of Georgian wine.

The Madloba wine will be sold at eight different wine houses in China, said a company official.

Meanwhile Enterprise Georgia announced 50 more Georgian wine houses were planned to be built in China. [Read also: 10 Containers of Georgian wine to be shipped to China.]

In recent months Georgia has focused on expanding its wine exports to China. Already more than a dozen wine houses featuring wines from a range of Georgian companies have already opened this year to solely promote the Georgian drink.

Georgian wine tasting in Boston, USA

13.08.2016 (Hvino News). Explore the viticulture of the country of Georgia, the Cradle of Wine, where wine-making traditions go back more than 8000 years, and today there are over 500 distinct grape varietals still grown. Join us to taste through a tremendous lineup of diverse bottles of white, amber, rose, red, and dessert wine, from high quality producers using both European and traditional local methods.

The evening will feature wines from the portfolio of an exciting new Massachusetts-based boutique importer focused exclusively on the country, Georgian Toast, and takes place in the swanky setting of one of the hot new galleries of Boston's South End, Matter and Light Fine Art Gallery. Food pairings, including some authentic to the region, will be provided. All ticket holders receive a commemorative tasting glass that is theirs to keep.

Join us to experience the real deal: fine expressions of indigenous varietals (most notably Rkatsitelli and Saperavi), some from old vines, some organic or bio-dynamic, selected for their excellence from smaller, quality-focused producers.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

10 Containers of Georgian wine to be shipped to China

11.08.2016. 10 containers loaded with Georgian wine were registered in the Tbilisi economic zone today. The products are intended for Georgian wine houses in China.

The Georgian Wine House is a joint venture of the Georgian Tbilinvest Group and the Chinese Suolun company.

The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Genadi Arveladze, Georgian Deputy Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili and President of Georgian Chamber of Commerce Nino Chikovani.

As Nino Chikovani said, 10 containers will be exported at this stage and the process will continue, as the Chinese market is very important for Georgian exporters.

Davit Ebralidze, head of the Tbilinvest Group, said that 50 Georgian wine houses are planned to be opened in China within one year and 2 million bottles of Georgian wine will be exported.

“The first Georgian Wine House was opened in the city of Yu in July 2015. Georgian wine soon become popular and we are going to open many more such houses in different cities of China”, he said.


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Official: Georgia's wine and spirits export for 7 months of 2016

10.08.2016 (Hvino News).  According to Georgia's National Wine Agency data, for July 2016, 23 932 067 bottles (0,75 l) of wine have been exported from Georgia to 44 countries worldwide. That is 42% higher than last year.

In the period under review, 55,3 millionUSD worth of wine has been exported, that is 16% higher than last year.

In the period under review, growth is remarkable in the EU countries, in China and other traditional markets: China - 152% (2 475 557), Belarus -122% (575 166), Ukraine - 72% (2 595 947), Russia - 50% (12 748 273), Poland-29% (1 190 926), Estonia - 57% (379 650), Kyrgyzstan-107% (163 966), Germany-21%(174 166), Japan - 12% (1 011 448), Czech Republic - 542% (76 988), UK - 44% (58 618).

The first five of the exporter countries are as follows: Russia (12748273), Ukraine (2595947), China (2475557), Kazakhstan(1924046) and Poland (1190926).

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s favorite Georgian wine costs 600 GEL

06.08.2016. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate in American presidential elections, has her own favorite wine in Georgia, and it turns out she often orders a couple of bottles. The red wine called Kvareli was first tasted by Hillary during her first visit to Georgia. She was the Secretary of State back then (read more here: Video: Hillary Clinton enjoys Georgian culture)

As it has been reported, before Mrs. Clinton sampled this wine, its price was only 25 Georgian Laris, but today it costs several times more – 600 GEL. This fact has become the source of many jokes. People say the price will be even more if Hillary Clinton becomes President.


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Georgia’s Kakheti region welcomes vast Iranian investments

05.08.2016. An Iranian investor is building Green Village in Georgia’s historic winemaking region Kakheti, creating a unique destination for tourists and tourists that will bring money into the region and benefit the country’s economy.

Private Iranian investment holding ARIC LLC, which has operated in Georgia since 2012, aimed to develop its activities in three directions in Kakheti’s Sagarejo Municipality. [Read more here: "Vinichio Valley" project in Kakheti introduced to Georgian business representatives.]

In particular ARIC LLC concentrated in agriculture, eco-tourism, the food industry and construction businesses and seeked to export harvested goods outside Georgia, including EU markets.

ARIC LLC has already invested about $85 million USD to develop the area in Kakheti.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

China launches Georgian wine e-commerce platform

04.08.2016. Dugladze Wine Company will be the first winery to be listed on E-SilkRoad, China’s first online sales channel specifically for Georgian wine (read also: Dugladze to sell wine online in China)

Georgia’s Economy Minister Dimitry Kumsishvili and representatives from Dugladze Wine Company signed the agreement in Shanghai at a promotional event, The Summer of Georgian Wine last week.

The agreement will see the launch of the E-SilkRoad website which will sell exclusively Georgian wine to China, which is currently Georgia’s third largest wine importers, according to Georgia’s Ministry of Economy.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Georgia is number one brandy exporter in Russia

by Giorgi Kalatozishvili

02.08.2016. This year, Georgian companies exported 1.1 million liters of brandy to Russia. Thus, Georgia became number one brandy exporter in the Russian Federation. Georgian products take 48.1 percent of the imported brandy/cognac market. A year ago Georgian producers covered only 20 percent of the Russian market where France completely dominated.

Exporting of Georgian brandy to Russia was restored in 2013 after a seven-year unstated embargo introduced by the Russian government in response to a series of confrontational steps by Tbilisi, including an arrest of four Russian officers for espionage in 2006. Moscow stopped importing not only cognac and wine, but all agricultural products. Cooperation in the trading sphere was restored only after a change of power as a result of the parliamentary elections in 2012 – a victory by The Georgian Dream of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili.

The most popular brandies in Russia are Old Kakheti, The Heart of Aragvi [brands of KTW], and Sarajishvili. Their average price is 400-600 rubles per bottle, while French cognac got up to 3000 rubles. It is interesting that Georgian brandy producers complain to the ruble falling less than others. Sometimes they make it clear that being a part of the post-Soviet space, traditional Georgian industries are better adapted to a new ruble course than producers from non-CIS countries.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Dugladze to sell wine online in China

01.08.2016. People in China with a taste for Georgian wine can buy their favourite tipple from a number of new Georgian Wine Houses but soon consumers will be able to go online to buy their favourite drink.

A special platform named E-SilkRoad will launch online where traditional Georgian wine will be sold in China.

The first Georgian wine company to sell its wine on the E-SilkRoad website will be Dugladze Wine Company, which will initially export 300,000 bottles of wine for online purchase.

Today Georgia’s Economy Minister Dimitry Kumsishvili and officials from Dugladze Wine Company signed corresponding agreements in China’s biggest city Shanghai.

The agreement signing ceremony was held at a special event named The Summer of Georgian Wine.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Economy minister in China: Georgian wine is "the most experienced ambassador"

30.07.2016 (Hvino News). "I would like to celebrate to Georgia’s most experienced and oldest Ambassador and the best negotiator – Georgian wine, - said Dimitri Kumsishvili, Georgia’s economy minister and first vice PM at opening ceremony in China.

The new Georgian Wine House in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi Province in South Eastern China, spreads over 4,000 sq m territory, and includes exhibition halls, tasting rooms, a museum and a Georgian restaurant.

"A Georgian Wine House opened in Nanchang where our 8,000-year-old Ambassador started working. Georgian Wine will be very successful in his diplomatic job,”-, said the economy minister. Dimitri Kumsishvili has added that Georgia is interested in deepening political, economic and cultural relationships with People’s Republic of China. According to him, there were up to forty wine houses in different Chinese provinces, and the number may be doubled till the end of the year.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Russia refutes statements on wine embargo, hopes for better trade with Georgia

27.07.2016. Following the announcement that Georgia had supported the extension of EU sanctions against the Crimea and Sevastopol on July 20, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Yan Zelinsky, spoke of the necessity to introduce a ban on imports of Georgian wine and mineral water to Russia (read more: Russian deputies demand for new Georgian wine embargo; Abashidze is skeptical). However, both the Georgian and Russian sides later refuted this statement, highlighting that the countries remain important trade partners.

“The restrictions on products produced in Crimea and Sevastopol were introduced by the EU in 2014. Georgia joined them the same year. Last year they were extended, and now extended again automatically,” said Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Russian Issues. “Thus, it would be illogical for Russia to react this way to a decision which was adopted in 2014.”

After a Russian media outlet reported Zelensky’s statement, the Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the State Duma, Aleksey Pushkov, also said that Russia does not consider it necessary to respond to the decision of Georgia and other countries with regards the extension of sanctions.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

John Wurdeman: Reviving an 8,000-year-old winemaking tradition in Georgia

by Melissa Clark

23.07.2016. John Wurdeman studied music and art before becoming a winemaker in the country of Georgia. His winery, Pheasant's Tears, has revived an 8,000-year-old Georgian winemaking tradition. He tells Melissa Clark what brought him there, the myriad varieties of Georgian wines, and the integral part they play in that country's meals.

Melissa Clark: How did this all start for you? 

John Wurdeman: I'm a visual artist, a painter by profession. I fell deeply in love with Georgia when I heard a recording when I was sixteen years old. I bought a CD called Georgian Folk Music Today. Immediately, the chords of the music just struck me very deeply.

In 1995, I was able to go to Georgia for the first time. Strangely enough, on the very first night, I was whisked away from the airport and taken to a restaurant. About 10-15 toasts deep into the feast, musicians were summoned to come in, and they were the same musicians that were on the CD I bought when I was 16, back in Richmond, Virginia.

MC: That's amazing. And how did you go from there to making wine?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Russian deputies demand for new Georgian wine embargo; Abashidze is skeptical

22.07.2016 (Hvino News). Russia’s State Duma has recommended the government to ban import of wine and mineral water from Georgia.

Ian Zelinsky of  Duma’s foreign relations committee talked about need to ‘take measures’ against Georgia and other countries (Montenegro, Lichtenstein, Norway, Albania and Ukraine) for joining the European Union’s economic sanctions against Russia. The EU decided recently to extend its sanctions until June 23, 2017, and onn July 20 Georgia and five other countries followed suit.  On 23 June 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted Decision 2014/386/CFSP concerning restrictions on goods originating in Crimea or Sevastopol  in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol and Georgia joined this decision in the same year. The sanctions ban import of goods from Crimea, prohibits investing in the island and bans tourism services there.

Mr. Zelinsky, who represents the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, said Russia can easily do without Georgian wine and mineral water. “We have to develop Crimea, where unlike Georgian wine, we can produce wine without any chemical impurities,” he said.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Two Georgian Wine Houses opened in Yiwu, China

19.07.2016 (Hvino News). In Yiwu (Zhejiang province, China) two Georgian Wine Houses were opened. Here the consumer will have opportunity not only to taste Georgian wine, but also learn Georgian culture and history. Georgian National Wine Agency's representative took part in the opening ceremony.

Yiwu  is a city of about 1.2 million people. The city is famous for its vibrant market and is a regional tourist destination.

Georgian Wine House is a Georgian wine shop chain created jointly by China's Suolun company and Georgia's Tbilinvest Group, which is very successful in Zhejiang and Xinjiang provinces. 8 Georgian Wine Houses have been opened during the last 8 months.

Suolun's management commented that Georgian Wine House became very popular in China, and growth of the number of the shops will help to raise awareness of Georgian wine in China.

"The Guardian" calls Georgian Rkatsiteli "wonderful"

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19.07.2016 (Hvino News). "In the newly insular Britain, a little gastronomic cosmopolitanism is not only fun and delicious, it almost feels like an act of resistance", reads a new article in The Guardian.

Not without a dash of English humour, the article titled "Cabernet and kimchi? Or syrah and sashimi?" covers some of the non-traditional wines, including Georgian and Lebanese. "Many of the more interesting cuisines to have developed in Europe in the past couple of decades", - writes the author David Williams, the wine correspondent of The Observer and The Guardian, and deputy editor of The World of Fine Wine.

Amongst six selected wines one Georgian wine is featured: Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli 2013 (price tag: from £15.95). "It’s no surprise to find this wonderful example of clay amphora-aged Georgian orange wine on the list at Ottolenghi: with its array of spice, nuts and subtle honeyed notes it would work brilliantly with modern Middle Eastern food". (Yotam Ottolenghi is a British chef, and owner of several restaurants).

Other wines covered are Marks & Spencer Saint Mont (France), Awatere Riesling (New Zealand), Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent (Lebanon), Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko (Greece), Domaine Stéphane Tissot Arbois Savagnin (France).

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

"The Japan Times": Retailer hopes to lift returning firms in Namie by tapping pipeline to Qvevri-made Georgian wine

17.07.2016. Matsubaya, a retail and wholesale firm from the town of Namie near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is trying to revitalize businesses that were based in the district, using Georgian wine.

The firm, which evacuated to Tamura in central Fukushima Prefecture, is cooperating with H&N Wine Japan, a Tokyo-based importer that has a vineyard in Georgia, to establish a distribution channel for Georgian wine in the region hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

Georgia, a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, is widely believed to be where wine production originally began some 8,000 years ago. In the ancient Georgian traditional wine-making method, high-quality grapes with sugar content of 26 degrees Brix or more are fermented and stored in clay amphora-like vessels called Qvevri buried in the ground up to their necks. Georgian wine has been attracting the attention of wine lovers worldwide after the centuries-old technique was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013.

Namie is within the radioactive hot zone and no one is allowed to reside anywhere in town, but the evacuation order is expected to be lifted next March. Matsubaya and H&N Wine Japan hope to provide restaurants and retailers who fled with Georgian wine to help revive their businesses.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Australia to raise funds for Georgian winery

16.07.2016 (Hvino News). Melbourne's chefs are combining their talents to raise funds for Georgian winery Pheasant’s Tears, which was devastated by a fire last December.

Arbory Bar & Eatery, which features the wine brand on its wine list, will host the fund-raising event on August 21.

Hosted by Arbory’s wine director Raul Moreno Yague and TWR’s food editor Alice Zaslavsky, the event promises to be foodie heaven. Guests will be treated to a rare insight to Georgian wine making traditions and varietals. Better yet, the wines will be matched with a four-course menu from Abory’s executive chef Nick Bennett, alongside Andreas Papadakis from Tipo 00 and Sam Stafford of Clever Polly’s, concluding with dessert by pastry chef Matt Forbes of Yarraville’s Cobb Lane.

Alice, who was born in Georgia, says she wanted to get involved as soon as she heard about the event. “I’m looking forward to working with these top chefs to recreate some Georgian classics,” she says.

“When I was there in 2014, a young Georgian chef, Luka Nachkebia, who could best be described as a Georgian Matt Preston, took us under in his wing and showed us the best of Tbilisi’s food and wine scene.

“I came away heartened and hopeful about the future of Georgian food and winemakers,” she says.