Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Georgian winemaking companies sign new partnership contracts in China

29.03.2017. The 96-th China Food & Drinks Fair, a wine and food products international exhibition, was held in the town of Chengdu, Chinese Province of Sichuan.

With the support of National Wine Agency, 27 Georgian winemaking companies have taken part in the exhibition, according to Georgian Agriculture Ministry.

The first day of the exhibition registered a record number of visitors – 250 000 persons, Tamta Kvelaidze, deputy head of Marketing and PR department of National Wine Agency, noted.

“At the exhibition Georgian wine deserved highest evaluation. Representatives of Georgian winemaking companies met with old partners and potential importers. During the exhibition, new partnership agreements were signed. This exhibition is held since 1995 and is considered China’s most important exhibition, which provides best opportunity to make Georgian wine more perceptible and popular on southeastern Asia market”, Tamta Kvelaidze said.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Georgian wine comes to Monaco (with video)

28.03.2017 (Hvino News). On March 23 a Georgian wine presentation took place in Monaco. The tasting was organized by Dominique Milardi, vice-president of the Sommelier Association of Monaco with support of Georgian National Wine Agency and Georgian wine importer Ilia Kakhoidze.

Seven Georgian companies were represented: Kakhuri, Peradze Wine Cellar, Schuchmann Wines, Shalauri Wine Cellar, Teleda, Vita Vinea, Winiveria.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Georgian wine at ProWein 2017

26.03.2017 (Hvino News). Annual international fair of wine and alcoholic beverages – ProWein – was held in Dusseldorf, Germany.

During the fair two Georgian wine tastings were organized at the stand of Vinum, the leading wine magazine, lead by executive editor Rudolf Knoll. 14 Georgian wines were represented at the tastings. As Rudolf Knoll stated, the interest towards the tasting was so intense, that it was attended by twice as many guests then expected.

“The number of the guests exceeded all the expectations, that, in my opinion, is the result of the fact, that Georgia is already acknowledged worldwide as the homeland of wine. Surely, much interest is towards qvevri wine and Georgian varieties. I wish Georgian wine good luck and advances” - noted Rudolf Knoll. Read also: One day at ProWein Düsseldorf.

Director of Georgian Wine Association Tina Kezeli remarked that Georgia has participated in ProWein since 2000, but Georgian wine has never had such representation. “This fair is very important platform for Georgian wine-makers. This is the world's number one fair in the wine-making field. Totally, 23 Georgian companies are represented on the stand, we have never had so many companies represented at this fair. More companies have interest and accordingly, we hope, that next year, Georgian stand will be even more representative. Especially notable is the interest towards qvevri wine” - stated Ms. Kezeli.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Georgian-Swiss wine-making cooperation presented at "Francophonic Wine Tasting" in Tbilisi

25.03.2017 (Hvino News). Swiss, French, Romanian, and Polish embassies in Tbilisi joined forces on March 24 to organize "Francophonic Wine Tasting". In the framework of Francophonie 2017, this event was conducted in French language in Tbilisi's cafe Apero. The selected wines from Georgia, France, Switzerland, Romania, and Poland were offered for tasting.

The Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Lukas Beglinger warmly welcomed the participants of the event. The Ambassador of Romania H.E. Radu Liviu Horumbă, and representatives of French and Polish diplomatic corps also took part in the soiree.

One of the highlights of the tasting was Amphore - a qvevri wine made in Switzerland, which was highly appreciated by the guests. This wine is produced according to traditional Georgian technology by Albert Mathier & Sons in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Swiss company imported the qvevri clay amphorae from Georgia several years ago, and has been selling successfully its Swiss-made qvevri wine since then.

Other wines offered at the tasting included French wines Chateau de Rouillac, Châteauneuf du Pape Comte de Lauze, Swiss Heida AOC du Valais, Romanian elite Domeniul Coroanei Cabernet Sauvignon, and others. Georgian wines from Vismino (a brand of GWS/Marussia Beverages) were also offered at the tasting. The event was led by Georgian wine expert Revaz Goshadze.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

One day at ProWein Düsseldorf

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24.03.2017 (Hvino News). From March 19th to March 21st 2017 ProWein specialized trade fair was held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

At the worlds’ biggest and most important wine and spirits fair about 6,300 exhibitors from more than 60 nations presented their products to more than 58,000 visitors from 130 countries. ProWein is a specialized fair. So, only persons whose profession has a relation to wine or spirits, like winemakers, wine traders, importers and exporters, restaurant managers, sommeliers, wine journalists, etc. are allowed to visit the trade fair. About half of the 58,000 visitors come from Germany, the other half are mainly from European countries. About 3,000 visitors come from North- and South America, and about 2,500 from Asian countries.

It is amazing when you arrive at the Messe Düsseldorf and see these big halls filled with wine stalls. Where to start tasting - overseas, France, Italy, Spain, Germany?

9 out of 17 halls are occupied by ProWein - two halls for German exhibitors, two halls for French exhibitors, nearly two halls for Italian exhibitors – including stalls from other European countries and Georgia, one hall for Spanish and Portuguese exhibitors, one for Austrian wineries. Even if you visit all three days it is not possible to taste all the wines and spirits presented. A framework program with about 500 tastings was held additionally. As a visitor you have no chance to see and taste everything. You have to make yourself a program and try to concentrate on what you want to see and taste.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

23 Georgian wine producers will take part in ProWein 2017

18.03.2017 (Hvino News). 23 Georgian wine producers are participating in ProWein wine fair in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 19-21. The event is recognized as one of the most prestigious in the wine industry of Europe.

The following Georgian companies will take part in ProWein:

Askaneli Brothers Ltd.
Besini Ltd.
Bolero & Company Ltd.
Corporation Georgian Wine Ltd.
Friends' Cellar JSC
Georgian Wine House Ltd
Georgian Wines and Spirits Company Ltd.
Gevelli LCC
JSC “Chateau Mukhrani”
JSC “Corporation Kindzmarauli”
JSC Bagrationi 1882
JSC Teliani Valley

Monday, March 13, 2017

Georgian qvevri wines at RAW fair in London

13.03.2017. (Hvino News) Georgian wines are represented alongside some of the most exciting collections of natural and organic wines at RAW artisan wine fair in London, United Kingdom, om March 12-13. The RAW WINE festival annually celebrates some of the best natural wine producers in the world, with this year’s event featuring more than 150 growers.

The Georgian wineries that were presented in the UK festival were:
  •  Naotari 
  •  Papari Valley 
  •  Tibaani 
  •  Gotsa Wines 
  •  Natenadze's Wine Cellar 
 The wines of small Georgian growers, unable to attend the fair in person, were shown on a communal table thanks to National Wine Agency of Georgia. In addition to the Georgian growers who were attending in person, visitors were able to taste a collection of other wines from a collection of growers grouped together on "Multi-Grower Selection" table.

“This is the third year of my participation in RAW WINE and each year I feel how the popularity of Georgian wine grows. Meskhian and generally Georgian wines were a discovery for some people years ago, but now, from all around the world, people come to taste Georgian wines. They sat that Georgian wine has a great potential. Last year I found two importers at this fair (Denmark and Switzerland). Yesterday, Danish partner wrote to me that my wine is among the best in Michelin-class restaurant chains, and they bought a large party. I think, this year I will find importers from California and New York”- said Giorgi Natenadze, one of  participants of the fair.

Georgian wines and especially qvevri wines have been gaining more and more popularity in the UK and the world.

 Georgia has participated in the annual RAW WINE exhibition since 2012.

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Georgian wine awarded with Japan's Diamond Trophy

13.03.2017 (Hvino News). Vaziani Company's wine Saperavi 2015 was awarded with the Diamond Trophy - the most honorable award of  Sakura wine competition in Japan.

In the beginning of February, above-mentioned wine became the winner of The Double Gold Medal of  “Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2017 (read more here) and, according to the rules of the competition, was nominated for the most honorable award of  “FOODEX Japan 2017” fair - The Golden Trophy.

The head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili noted this was important success for Georgian wine. “My congratulations to the company for such huge success. Being a winner of such prestigious competitions promotes not only the company, but also Georgian wine popularization and development on Japanese market in general, where National Wine Agency has active marketing arrangement plans for this year” - stated Giorgi Samanishvili.

“Sakura” Japan Women’s Wine Awards is a large-scale international event, which was organized for the fourth time. The international wine competition is judged by Japanese female wine specialists, sommeliers, wine writers and journalists. In the competition of this year, totally 12 Georgian wines were awarded by one Double Gold, six Gold and five Silver Medals.

This is the second time Georgian wine is awarded by the most honorable award of this competition. In 2015, “Lukasi” wine - “Chkhaveri” was awarded by The Diamond Trophy. Read more at Japan women’s wine contest awards two Georgian wines.

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The Top 5 EU markets in wine consumption

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13.03.2017 (Hvino News). The actual available figures of the EU wine markets give an insight on the situation and development from about 1.5 years ago. The time-delayed publication of the data is owed to the complexity of summarizing data on regional, national and EU level. As one can assume development on the wine market does not happen erratic but rather for longer periods the data still give a compact contemporary orientation.

The wine market volume of the five biggest EU wine markets sums up to 92 million hectolitres. With 28 mn hl France is the biggest wine market, followed by Italy (21 mn hl) and Germany (20 mn hl). These three countries stand for 69 mn hl or more than two-thirds of the TOP 5 groups’ wine market volume.

Concerning the per capita consumption France is number one with 43 litres per person per year. However, in the years since 2000 the French wine consumption declined on average by 10 l per person per year. The highest decreases reports Spain with 15 l per person per year or – 41 % - a tremendous decline.

About the reasons can be speculated. Basically the economic frame conditions might be responsible.
The decrease in consumption is also important for the placement of freed wine volume on the market, which triggers price pressure and increased export efforts.

9 medals awarded to Georgian wines at MUNDUS VINI 2017 Spring Tasting

13.03.2017 (Hvino News). 9 Georgian wines have won top awards at prestigious competition MUNDUS VINI International Wine Award 2017 in Germany: 7 gold and 2 silver medals.

The gold prizes were awarded to:

2013 Kvareli Special Reserve Koncho & Co
2013 Saperavi Classical Winery Khareba
2013 Besini Premium Dry Red (Best of Show Georgia) Besini
2010 Saperavi Reserve Badagoni
2014 Bio Saperavi Wine Company Shumi
2013 Mukuzani Koncho & Co
2015 Saperavi Koncho & Co

The silver medals were awarded to:

2012 Khareba (Aged) Winery Khareba
2013 Kakhetian Noble Red Dry Badagoni 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Georgian wines at Japan’s FOODEX 2017

11.03.2017 (Hvino News). Seven Georgian wine producers are represented at the 42nd International Food and Beverage Exhibition (FOODEX) in Japan – the largest annual food and beverage trade show in Asia.

The four-day fair began on March 7 at Tokyo's Makuhari Messe, where about 80 countries displayed their wines. Georgia is represented by Besini, Dugladze, Kindzmarauli Corporation, Shalauri, Schuchmann Wines, Vaziani, Winery Khareba.

The Ambassador of Georgia to Japan Levan Tsintsadze attended the Georgian wines stand, helping Georgian wineries as well as other food & beverage suppliers to display their products to the Japanese market.

Within the exhibition's framework, FOODEX JAPAN hosted a seminar and presentation on Georgian wine. Georgia’s National Wine Agency says it intends to continue promoting Georgian wine abroad. The agency believes it is important for Georgia to be involved in top trade fairs around the world as it raises awareness of Georgian wine among international customers.

Japan in particular is a growing export market for Georgian wine – in 2016 alone, 160,000 bottles of Georgian wine were exported to Japan, which made for a 15 percent year-over-year increase.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Official: Wine and spirits exports data of January-February 2017

10.03.2017 (Hvino News). According to National Wine Agency data of the recent 2 months of 2017, 8 777 275 bottles (0,75l) of wine has been exported to 32 countries worldwide, which is 94% higher, than the similar data of the last year.

In the period under review, 20,5 mil USD worth of wine has been exported, that is 91% higher, than the similar data of 2016.

“According to the data of February, export has progressive tendency, which is complimentary, due to the sequential work of the viticulture and winemaking field. In accordance with the marketing plan, we implement the arrangements with the agreement of the wine industry. Export has increased on the market of the European Union, China, USA and also on the traditional markets, where the situation has become stable. This year has started really actively and we hope that the progressive tendency of the export will be maintained in all directions until the end of the year” - stated the head of National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili.

The first five of the exporter countries is the fallowing: Russia (5 717 289 bottles), Ukraine (859 756), China (832 552), Kazakhstan (389 040) and Poland (312 650).

Australian Financial Review: "Georgian wines are very trendy"

10.03.2017 (Hvino News). The Australian Financial Review has published a detailed article on Georgian wines. Authored by award-winning journalist Max Allen, the article is entitled "Georgian wines, part of an 8000-year-old tradition".

In his article Max Allen outlines that "Georgian wines are very trendy right now, especially in those corners of the wine world where all things organic and minimal intervention are sought after. In many ways, Georgia is the ultimate destination for devotees of natural winemaking. .... There are no additions at all during the winemaking process (no yeast, no acid, no enzymes, just grapes) and no fining, filtration or preservatives at bottling."

"Some of these wines can be a bit challenging to modern drinkers brought up on a diet of clean, fruity, approachable flavours. This is particularly so of Georgia's "amber" wines, made from white grapes fermented and matured for months on their skins in qvevri and which can be just as tongue-grippingly tannic as many red wines. Some of the more lo-fi, minimally manipulated examples can taste rather homemade, too (often because they are), even quite rustic and farmyardy at times. But the best (such as the three reviewed here) are full of beauty, charm, vitality and deliciousness."

The author reviewed three wines: 2015 Iago's Chinuri, 2015 Pheasant's Tears Kisi, 2015 Antadze Saperavi.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Russian winemaker Abrau-Durso to launch project in Georgia

09.03.2017 (Hvino News). “We are considering a potential project in Georgia. It might be either distribution or acquisition of assets”- said Pavel Titov, head of major Russian sparkling wine producer Abrau-Durso after recent visit to Georgia.

"Majority of Georgian premium segment producers do not have effective distribution, and we can help them," - Mr. Titov stated. He did not mention possible partners, noting that the company will be able to announce more detailed plans within a month's time.

As Titov noted, two-thirds of the Georgian wines delivered to Russia are semisweet. However, Georgia can offer to consumers "a lot of dry wines of very high quality," he added.

Abrau-Durso is Russia’s most famous sparkling wine producer. Abrau-Durso Winery is located between Anapa and Novorossiysk near the Black Sea coast. It was developed in 1870 by decree of Emperor Alexander II.  In recent years, Abrau-Durso was acquired by entrepreneur Boris Titov (father of Pavel Titov).

The winery has few vineyards, but purchases grapes from neighboring vineyards to produce about 2 million bottles per year of classic méthode champenoise wines. An additional 14 million bottles are produced using the reservoir (charmat) method from imported wine material from several countries including South Africa. Shares of Abrau-Durso trade on Moscow’s MICEX stock exchange.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Hollywood success of Georgian wine documentary

02.03.2017 (Hvino News). The documentary “Prime Meridian of Wine” shot by Georgian Sommelier Association won 5 nominations at Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards (HIIDA):

  • Award for “Best producer” – Shalva Khetsuriani
  • Award for “Best Scenario” – Tamar Bartaia
  • Award for “Director of Century” – Nana Jorjadze
  • Award for “Best Operator” – Mikheil Kvirikadze
  • Award for “Best Actor” – Revaz Khetsuriani

The documentary has already won two awards: Best International Movie of the Year at the International Film Festival MOST 2016 in Spain, and at the Wine Film Festival Oenovideo in France it was awarded with special prize of the Best Oenological Movie of the Year. The film was also screened at Eindhoven Festival DOCfeed. Read more detail at Georgian documentary "Prime Meridian of Wine” awarded at Spain's film festival.

The film was financed by Marani Khetsuriani with the support of the National Wine Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.

HIIDA Awards is a monthly film festival with quarterly live screening in Hollywood exclusively for documentaries.

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Turkish market is not a perspective for Georgian wine

02.03.2017. Georgia still cannot master the quota for the supply of wine to Turkey, which is one million bottles. According to the head of the National Wine Agency Giorgi Samanishvili, in 2016 the export of Georgian wine to Turkey was not carried out at all, and in 2015 it was only 5 738 liters worth 35 400 dollars.

"In Turkey, there is no demand for Georgian wine, for this reason the government does not consider it necessary to carry out marketing activities in this country. In general, wine is not very popular in Turkey, and local production mainly satisfies a small demand for it. The Turkish market is of no interest to our winemakers, "- he says.

Representatives of the wine business have the same opinion in this regard. In particular, director at Badagoni company Gia Shengelia notes that the company does not deliver the wine to Turkey due to lack of demand.

"In addition, Turkey has a very high tax on alcohol, which makes the Turkish market even less attractive for our winemakers. There are also very high customs duties in Turkey on wine imports - Turks produce their wine and develop the winemaking. We had a large offer on deliveries of wine to the hotels in Antalya, but we refused. Once we have calculated, it was found that the wine will be so expensive that will not be sold, "- he says.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Château Svanidze received Grand Prix in Moscow

28.02.2017 (Hvino News). Georgian wine Mukuzani Qvevri from Château Svanidze won a Grand Prix, a Gold Medal and a Prodexpo Star at the wine contest during Prodexpo 2017 exhibition in Moscow. At Prodexpo (International Exhibition for Food, Beverages, and Food Raw Materials) the Grand Prix was awarded at competition of wines produced in the former Soviet republics.

“This victory is another step forward towards the popularization of Georgian wine and towards raising awareness,” said Giorgi Svanidze the head  of the Château Svanidze. According to the founder, the company plans to produce 18-20 thousand bottles of wine in 2017. He says Chateau Svanidze’s wine is mainly sold at the high class restaurants in Georgia and the demand is increasing. Currently the company produces about 6000 bottles of Rkatsiteli, Saperavi and Mukuzani.

Over 20 years Prodexpo has become the largest and most respected annual food trade show in Russia and Eastern Europe. In its framework Prodexpo has the Alcoholic Drinks Salon, in which 7 Georgian wine producers took part, including Badagoni, Bolero & Company, Shalvino, Kvareli Wine Cellar, Vazuri.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Vladimer Boisa: from basketball to qvevri wine and VSOP brandy

27.02.2017 (Hvino News). What's the connection between basketball and qvevri wine? In case of the Boisa Brandy & Wine, the connection is Vladimer Boisa - a former Georgian basketball player who played for Slovenian Union Olimpija team.

Boisa, born in 1981 in Rustavi (Georgia),  is vice-president of the Georgian Basketball Federation. As a 17-year-old he went to Slovenia. After work in Italy, Russia, Greece he returned to Ljubljana.

In recent years he dedicates most of his time on his second passion – winemaking, in the village of Shalauri, near Telavi. After launching his wine under Boisa brand name,  he launched his Boisa VSOP brandy. Apart from Georgia, Boisa’s wine is sold in Slovenia and Austria.

Vladimer explained: "We make wines in a cellar that belongs to my friend Otar Bregvadze. The place was built by his grandfather. I have been interested in winemaking since childhood and I have always loved this job. That is why I decided one day that it would be great to make Rkatsiteli using old Georgian tradition. This tradition is 8 000 years old and we keep wines in 100-year-old kvevris. We had the first harvest in 2014 and the next year we already bottled several liters. At first I thought of making wine only for myself and my friends, but then I realized that I liked this process and decided to make more wine and start my own business. Many experienced people helped me with advice and it was really helpful. The bottles and the labels were designed by a famous Slovenian designer. I love Kakheti and I love this job".

Thursday, February 23, 2017

British experts in Tbilisi discussed perspectives of Georgian wines in UK

23.02.2017 (Hvino News). British wine experts invited by National Wine Agency Sarah Abbott MW and Robert Joseph visited Georgia to take part in two-day seminar focusing on UK market strategy.

Representatives of 35 Georgian wine companies interested in wine exports to great Britain joined the seminar.

Deputy of National Wine Agency Andro Aslanishvili said  Agency aims to diversify the export markets. "We have chosen  such strategic market as UK, where we collaborate with Sarah Abbott MW and wine writer Robert Joseph. They have special knowledge of the UK market and their practical recommendations can save the financial and time resources of the companies” - stated Andro Aslanishvili.

Sarah Abbott MW said: "The objective has been for us, as experts and consultants, to deepen our understanding of the needs, styles  and the diversity of Georgian winemaking. Georgian wine is still a niche product on the UK market, there are small number of very ardent fans, for example Georgians and Russians, who are living in the UK and they love Georgian wine and have a great respect and affection for it and there is another sector of wine-lovers for Georgia, they tend to be younger wine-lovers, who are looking for new and different products and they are attracted by Georgian sort of organic kind of producing and very specific methods, such as qvevri as well as Georgia's unique great varieties, particularly saperavi".

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Washington's newspaper: "Go Georgian for unique and fantastic wines"

22.02.2017 (Hvino News). The Washington's Capital Gazette has published an article focusing on Georgian wines. The article entitled "Go Georgian for trove of bargain-priced unique wines" is authored by wine correspondents Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr. They have discovered Georgian wines for themselves after a recent tasting in Washington, which "yielded a trove of bargain-priced unique wines".
Georgia lays claim to some of the earliest evidence of wine-making with the discovery of a prehistoric settlement and the remnants of clay vessels and grape pips dating 8,000 years ago. Centuries of a thriving wine-making culture was ultimately quashed after the Soviet takeover in 1921, which drastically reduced wine diversity and emphasized quantity over quality. Since 1991 and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, wine production has returned to mostly family-owned estates and the reintroduction of indigenous grape varieties. A politically motivated trade embargo with Russia in 2006 forced Georgian wine producers to seek new export markets. The quality of the product improved and its wines were introduced to the United States and other countries
After intgroduction on Georgia's wine history, the authors Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr reviewed several wines. They characterized Teleda Orgo Saperavi as "fantastic". The full list follows below:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Konka on Manhattan: Georgian wine made of American grapes

21.02.2017. He started business at the age of 16 in the small wine bar in Tbilisi and reached the pages of New York Times later. Making Georgian wine in Manhattan and new Georgian-American project Konka Wine Club is a story of Erekle Khaziauri, who introduced Georgian wine to Americans and made them fall in love with it.

When did you come up with an idea to open wine club in Manhattan?

I arrived in New York in 2015. I met an engineer Matt Baldassano who tried to make wine in his yard. It was his hobby doing it with his friends. After I met him, we decided to make a Georgian-American project and make wine together. We decided to make wine with Georgian technologies and use American grapes. We brought special kinds of wine from California. Today, we are very good business partners.

How many people are members of East Village Wine Club? 

East Village Wine Club has 70 regular members and they are mostly Americans, but there are Georgians too. As for Georgian-American project, it is indeed successful. We have new VIP members, for example Diana Zhgenti [Consul General of Georgia in New York - HN].

Can Georgian wine compete with other American brands at the market?

I can talk about Georgian wine non-stop, however, I would emphasize on pitcher wine. There are a lot of factory-made wines imported to New York, but pitcher one has a special attention at the market and a lot of people like it. In few years, Georgian pitcher wine will be one of the most successful wines in the US.

Can you tell us about your future plans?

As for future plans, of course, it concerns Georgian wine and the popularization of its technology. It’s been two years since we are thinking about bringing pitcher in the club and make pitcher wine, but it is of course risky. We don’t want to make low quality pitcher wine. We want to do it in a professional way. The bar Konka will become a place where you can learn more about wine making technologies. In the future, we are going to enter other states too.


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Georgian wines at the Boston Wine Expo 2017

19.02.2017 (Hvino News). At the annual Boston Wine Fair 2017 on February 18-19 Georgia made an impressive presentation showing products from the following wine companies:
  • Artevani Wine/Interbalt Products
  • Bagrationi 1882
  • Besini 
  • Chateau Mukhrani
  • Danieli Winery
  • Georgian Wine House
  • Kakhuri Gvinis Marani
  • Kartuli Vazi
  • Qimerioni
  • Shilda
  • Shumi
  • Tbilvino
  • Tsereteli Wine and Spirits
  • Vaziani Company

Saturday, February 18, 2017

International Chamber of Commerce appoints representatives of wine and media sectors as commission heads

18.02.2017 (Hvino News). International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia  (ICC Georgia), one of most influential business associations in Georgia, has recently elected its commissions' chairpersons.

Hvino News is pleased to announce that Alexander Kaffka, founder of Hvino publications, was appointed as chairman of ICC's Commission on PR, Marketing & Media. Nutsa Abramishvili, CEO of Schuchmann Wines, will chair ICC's Commission on Agriculture & Wine Industry. Maya Sidamonidze, owner of Hotel Terrace and former head of Georgia's Department of Tourism and Resorts will chair ICC's Commission on Travel and Tourism.

"To chair ICC's Commission is not only a high honour - we consider it as a great opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution to country's development in the fields of marketing and mass media", - said Mr. Kaffka.

The full list of ICC's commissions and their heads can be found here.

ICC Georgia, established in 2002 as the Georgian chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, unites over 350 corporate and youth members and 27 business associations. It is considered the largest and most vocal business association in the country. The International Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the world that includes over 6.5 million businesses and chambers of commerce. ICC consults regularly at the global level with the G8, G20, the World Bank, WTO, and the United Nations.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Presentation of Georgian wine in Stockholm

16.02.2017 (Hvino News). A Georgian wine presentation and tasting event was organized in Stockholm with support of National Wine Agency, Swedish-Georgian Trade Board, Georgian Embassy in Sweden and Georgian wine companies.

The event was attended by the owners of the hotels and restaurants in Sweden, wine importers and media representatives.

At the presentation held in the Embassy of Georgia in Stockholm, premium wines of ten Georgian wine companies were represented: Bagrationi 1882, Askaneli Brothers, Maranuli, Teleda, Giuaani, Kindzmarauli Marani, Batono, BG Wine, Dugladze Wines and Spirits, Ikano.

In 2016, with private sector initiative and Swedish-Georgian Trade Board support, Georgia-Sweden representation “Georgian Wine for Scandinavian Countries” - GeoWine for Nordic - was created, which aims to consolidate Georgian wine companies on Scandinavian market.

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Berlin Wine Trophy 2017: An interesting competition for Georgian wines as well

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Welcome to Hvino World News - our new column focusing on important events and news from international wine world scene which may be useful and relevant to Georgian wine industry. We are delighted to introduce Ute SEITZ, wine author and wine tourism advisor (Tbilisi) as author of our new column. Today's column is about Berlin Wine Trophy.

16.02.2017 (Hvino News). The 21st Berlin Wine Trophy was held on February 2-5. 171 wine specialists from all over the world (30 nations) judged about 6,000 wines at this event. Berthold Seitz, Dipl.-Ing. Viticulture and Oenology, currently working as an adviser at the National Wine Agency of Georgia, was one of them. To be appointed as a judge at the Berlin Wine Trophy, a profession in wine industry (oenologist, wine merchant, sommelier) and several years of tasting experience and an invitation from the organizer German Wine Marketing (DWM) are required.

Berlin Wine Trophy associated with the Asia Wine Trophy in Daejoen, South Corea, and the Portugal Wine Trophy in Anadia, Portugal, are together the biggest and most important wine competitions worldwide. This offers very interesting opportunities for the wines which enter the competitions. A wine which enters the competition in Germany or Portugal can also enter the Asian Wine Trophy at no additional costs.

The Berlin Wine Trophy is held twice a year – winter edition in February and summer edition in July. Berthold Seitz and his wife Ute were the first judges representing Georgia since the start of the competition under OIV patronage in 2004.

Wines are judged under strict regulations and the supervision of the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine), UIOE (International Oenology Organization) and VinoFed (World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits Competitions). The event is a networking platform for international wine trade and wine experts, from university professors to sommeliers.