Thursday, June 7, 2018

Official: Georgian wine export up 27 percent as of May 2018

07.06.2018. Georgia exported 31.5 million bottles of wine to 46 countries in the first five months of 2018, according to the Georgian National Wine Agency.

In January-May of 2018 Georgia generated about $75.3 million from the sale of wine abroad.

Revenue increased by 36 percent from January-May 2017, while the volume of exports increased by 27 percent, said the Georgian National Wine Agency.

Export growth was notable in the following countries:

Japan – 186 percent increase (97,668 bottles)
Great Britain – 109 percent increase (45,210 bottles)
The Czech Republic– 87 percent (24,408 bottles)
South Korea – 76 percent increase (31,380 bottles)
Germany –51 percent increase (252,982 bottles)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Radisson Collection welcomes Georgia’s historic Tsinandali Estate

05.06.2018.  Radisson Hotel Group is excited to announce the signing of the first Radisson Collection hotel in Eastern Europe and Russia. The Tsinandali Estate, a Radisson Collection Hotel will open its doors in October 2018 in the iconic wine region of Kakheti, Georgia.

True to Radisson Collection’s pioneering ethos, the Tsinandali Estate will establish a new benchmark of quality in the country. A model of locally-inspired, contemporary design, the property will set out to shine a light on Tsinandali’s rich history and build the region’s profile as an emerging travel hotspot.

A truly unique property, the hotel is set amidst the Tsinandali Estate’s own remarkable vineyards, amongst the finest in a region renowned for its diverse selection of wines. The hotel grounds also neighbor an historic 18-hectare park, only a short distance from the Tsinandali Palace Museum of Prince Alexander Chavchavadze – a memorial to the founder of Georgian Romanticism and an important cultural attraction in its own right.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Radisson Hotel Group said: “The Tsinandali Estate, a Radisson Collection hotel is welcome addition to our expanding portfolio in Georgia; offering its guests a unique authentic experience and our owners the opportunity to develop an individualized property that benefits from a global network.”

Saturday, June 2, 2018

"National Geographic Traveler": Georgian wine is an entirely different experience

02.06.2018. (Hvino News). "Sipping a deep, orange-coloured Georgian wine is an entirely different experience to drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc — and not just if you happen to be sitting overlooking the mountain-backed vines of the country’s Kakheti wine region, - reads the new article in National Geographic Traveler. This is the starting sentence of article "Little-known wine producers around the world" by Fiona Beckekt starts published yesterday."

"Just as our taste in food is shifting, so our interest in wine is starting to diversify. French, Italian and Spanish wines may still be the best-sellers, but straying off the beaten track can reveal new flavours and unusual grape varieties". Starting with Georgian wines, the author explores also wines from Hungary, Slovenia, and other countries. In particular, Fiona Beckett mentions Orgo Saperavi 2015, which is the number one wine in her list of "Five of the best": "Traditionally made and inky in colour, this is a lively, juicy red with beguiling bitter cherry flavours. Ideal with char-grilled lamb and a pomegranate salad. £19"

"Georgia has attracted a lot of media interest over the past couple of years — both as a travel destination and for the output of its vineyards and kitchens (it was recently featured both by Channel 5’s The Wine Show and The Food Programme, on BBC Radio 4). It claims to be the oldest wine-producing country in the world, with a tradition dating back over 8,000 years, and still retains classic methods of ageing wine in qvevri (clay amphorae) buried in the ground", - reads the fresh National Geographic Traveler article.

Friday, June 1, 2018

41 Georgian wines received awards of International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2018

31.05.2018 (Hvino News). The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) is one of the oldest and international wine competitions in the world. Established in London in 1969, it sets the highest standard of quality and declares its main goal to support and promote the best wines of the planet and the skill of winemakers.

This year eight Georgian companies won 41 IWSC awards: 11 silver and 30 bronze medals: Badagoni, Château Mukhrani, GWS Winery, Tbilvino, Telavi Wine Cellar, Teliani Valley, Schuchmann Wines, Vaziani Winery. In 2017 Georgia got 47 awards at IWSC.

Full list of awarded wines:


Georgia wins 97 awards at Decanter World Wine Awards, including Platinum

01.06.2018 (Hvino News). The 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) results were officially announced recently. This year, Georgian wines won 97 awards, which is more than last year's result (68 awards).

Maranuli's Qvevri Kisi 2017 was awarded the highest award - a platinum medal in the category "Best Value" (Value Platinum).  At the Platinum tastings, different price levels are taken into account. Wines with a retail price of under £15 are judged in ‘best value’ categories, while those over £15 contend for premium categories.

In total,  Georgian wines were awarded with one platinum medal, 21 silver, 51 bronze medals; 24 wines were awarded with the "Commended" award.

List of winners of 2018 (platinum, silver and bronze):

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Results of 2nd International Qvevri Wine Competition

30.05.2018 (Hvino News). The 2nd International Qvevri Wine Competition was held in Georgia on May 3 and 4 2018, organized by the Georgian Wine Association with support of NWA.

200 samples of 70 wine companies were evaluated by international jury comprising of George Dakishvili, Lisa Granik, David Chichua, Philippe Lespy and Ketevan Jurkhadze.

All awarded participants are from Georgia, except for Albert Mathier Et Fils (Switzerland). Full list of awards follows below:

Gold Medals:

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Georgian wines will take part in Vinexpo Hong Kong

27.05.2018 (Hvino News). The 20th Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 wine and spirits exhibition will held on May 29-31. This leading industry event for wine and spirits professionals in Asia-Pacific will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The following Georgian winemaking companies will participate:
  • Askaneli Brothers
  • Besini Winery 
  • Chateau Mukhrani
  • Chigogidze Wines 
  • Dugladze Wine Company
  • GWS
  • Jimsher
  • Khareba Winery
  • Kindzmarauli Wine Cellar
  • Tbilvino
  • Teliani Valley
  • Zearis
In 1998 Vinexpo Hong Kong was the first BtoB exhibition organised in Asia. Now is considered to be one of the most important events of the year in wine industry. The three-day show will feature meetings, new products and networking opportunities for importers, distributors, producers, sommeliers and merchants from around the world.

100th anniversary of Georgia independence

27.05.2018. Georgia celebrated 100th anniversary since the creation First Republic of Georgia yesterday, on national Independence Day. Congratulations from Hvino News
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Georgian wines won 5 medals at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2018

26.05.2018 (Hvino News). The 25th Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (CMB) was held from May 10 to 14, 2018 in Haidian(Beijing), China.

Georgian wines have won 5 medals: 2 Gold and 3 Silver. The Georgian winners are:

  • Winery Khareba Rkatsiteli White 2017
  • GWS Tamada Grand Reserve Dry White 2014
  • Kakhuri Gvinis Marani Rkatsiteli White 2017
  • Teliani Valley Saperavi Rosé 2016
  • Teliani Valley Tsinandali Oak White 2016

Monday, May 21, 2018

Australian winners of Saperavi World Prize received awards from Georgian Ambassador in Canberra (with VIDEO)

20.05.2018 (Hvino News). On May 18 the Embassy of Georgia to the Commonwealth of Australia organized the award ceremony for the winners of Saperavi World Prize contest.

The Ambassador of Georgia, H.E. George Dolidze presented awards to seven Australian companies - winners of the contest. The event was attended by the representatives of Australia’s governmental institutions, diplomatic corps as well as business and media circles. The Ambassador of Georgia addressed the audience and spoke about the ancient traditions of the Georgian wine-making.

"Thanks everyone, it was a very special moment for myself and Ridgemill Estate, exciting times ahead!" - commented Peter McGlashan, one of Australian awardees, who attended the ceremony.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Georgian wines win National Trophies at International Wine Challenge 2018

20.05.2018 (Hvino News). After recent announcement of International Wine Challenge 2018 results, the best of winners received the IWC Trophies. Among these "creme de la creme" award winners are two Georgian wines: from  Teliani Valley and Georgian Wines and Spirits Company.

The IWC has two separate tastings to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry. Tranche 1 wines were tasted in November (see details) and Tranche 2 wines were tasted in April (see details).

All gold medal-winning wines from Tranche 1 and 2 of the competition automatically qualify for the IWC trophy tasting.Regional trophy winners are then tasted together to decide the winners of the national trophies.

Two Georgian companies were awarded the highest award in the category "National Trophy 2018":

  • Glekhuri Kisi 2015 Teliani Valley: "The Best White Wine of Georgia" Trophy
  • Zangaura Saperavi 2016 Georgian Wines: "The best red wine of Georgia" Trophy

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dugladze, Gileni, Royal Khvanchkara participate in SIAL China 2018

17.05.2018 (Hvino News). Georgian wines are represented at the International Food and Drink Exhibition “SIAL China 2018” on May 16-18 in Shanghai.

Participating wine companies are Dugladze Wine Cellar, Gileni, and Royal Khvanchkara.  These wine producers have brought their products to SIAL  thanks to support of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

SIAL China 2018, is among Asia’s largest food innovation trade fairs. With a focus on promoting innovation and international commerce, SIAL China offers professionals the opportunity to be introduced Asia’s changing food and beverage industry and new business opportunities.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Natural wines from Georgia are presented at RAW WINE Berlin 2018

Source: Naotari facebook page
14.05.2018 (Hvino News). On  May 13-14 in Berlin, Georgian wines are represented at the annual independent exhibition of organic wine "RAW Berlin" (The Artisan Wine Fair).

The following producers of natural wines from Georgia present their products this year:

    Gotsa Wines
    Natenadze's Wine Cellar
    Pataridze's Rachuli
    Tibaani LLC

According to the organizers of the project, this year RAW Berlin gathered more than 150 of the world's best organic, biodynamic and natural wine producers from all over the world.

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American wine professionals are visiting Georgia

14.05.2018 (Hvino News). A group of nine American wine professionals is visiting Georgia, headed by Lisa Granik MW.

At a tasting event in Tbilisi,  about 30 Georgian wine producers presented their products to the American visitors, and had a chance to consult with them about  US market perspectives.

“There was a great range of Georgian wines that showed the differences among the vintages, different styles, from different places in Georgia and the quality just gets better every year, some of the guests have some experience in Georgian wine but not a lot, they are very impressed with range of styles of wine”- commented Lisa Granik.

During the tour, the guests visited 15 Georgian wine companies in Kartli and Kakheti: Chateau Mukhrani, Alapiani, Lagvinari, Batono, Papari Valley, Orgo, Chubini Wine Cellar, Babaneuris Marani, Satsnakheli, Vaziani Winery, Giuaani, Nelkarisi, Tbilvino, Vine Ponto, Mosmieri.

At the end of the tour, guests attend the New Wine Festival in Tbilisi on May 12th.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

International Wine Challenge awards over 90 wines from Georgia

13.05.2018 (Hvino News). The results of "second tranche" of  annual International Wine Challenge (IWC) competition were announced recently in London.

The IWC has two separate tastings to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry. Tranche 1 wines were tasted in November and Tranche 2 wines were tasted in April.

There are two medal release dates, with Tranche 1 results announced in December, where 7 wine companies from Georgia won 20 awards, including 1 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze, 5 "Commended" awards: See Georgia won 20 awards at International Wine Challenge 2018

Results of Tranche 2 were become known in  May. The number of awarded Georgian wines has sharply increased to over 90.

In total, at International Wine Challenge 2018 Georgia won 5 gold, 25 silver, 37 bronze, and 27 "commended" awards. Over 20 Georgian wine companies were represented at the contest.

List of Georgian Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners:

9th New Wine Festival held in Tbilisi

13.05.2018 (Hvino News). On May 12, 2018, the Georgian Wine Club hosted its ninth New Wine Festival, organized in  partnership with the National Wine Agency and Tbilisi City Hall.

According to organizers, out of the 200 Festival's participants, 81 are medium and large wine companies, 236 are small estate vintners, and 6 are  businesses such as wine accessories, wine vessels, equipment, publishing house, financial services and small entrepreneurs.

The New Wine Festival 2018 started with the traditional ceremony of qvevri opening, accompanied by the Georgian folk song Mravaljamieri.

Wineries of all size, wine professionals, wine writers, wine bars and restaurants, and wine enthusiasts make arrangements for this event annually. The New Wine Festival has been held since 2010, attracting an increased number of visitors year by year. The festival brought together over 200 participants last year.

Tbilisi hosted Second International Qvevri Wine Competition

12.05.2018 (Hvino News). The 2nd International Qvevri Wine Competition was held in Tbilisi on May 3-6. It was organized by the Georgian Wine Association with support of National Wine Agency.

The jury was chaired by Giorgi Dakishvili. Besides the Georgian experts it included Lisa Granik, Master of Wine (USA), and Philippe Lespy (France).

"This is the second International Qvevri Competition, and it was wonderful to see how the wine quality has improved. We can clearly see how dedicated Georgian winemakers are to make their wine coincide with international standards and ensure that they are listed among the world’s best wines," - said Lisa Granik.

The award ceremony of the winners will be held in about a month's time, according to the organizers.

The first International Qvevri Wine Competition was held in September 2017 during the 4th International Qvevri Wine Symposium in Georgia. For more detail, see: Winners of First International Competition of Qvevri Wine revealed

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Exhibition "Georgia - The Cradle of Wine" is planned in Japan

10.05.2018 (Hvino News). During the working visit in Japan, advisor to the chair of the National Wine Agency Davit Tkemaladze and director of the Georgian Wine Association Tina Kezeli met with the representatives of the famous exposition space Terrada Warehouse and Sony Music Communications company.

At the meeting the parties discussed the possibility of organizing Georgian exposition "Georgia – The Cradle of Wine" in Japan. The same exhibition was held in “Cite des Civilisations Du Vin”, Bordeaux, France for 3 months in 2017, where tens of thousands of visitors were able to see Georgian exposition.

Members of the Georgian delegation introduced the detailed concept of the exhibition "Georgia – The Cradle of Wine" to the deputy director of the Terrada Warehouse Riota Kikuchi, the representative of Sony Music Communications Shimeon Sato and the president of the Wine Import Consultation Company Vataru Ivamoto. The meeting touched upon the adaptation of expositions to the exhibition space, as well as financial and technical support.

Georgian wine tasting in Fukuoka

10.05.2018 (Hvino News). Georgian wine tasting was held in Fukuoka, Japan. The event was organized by Kenichi Ohashi MW, head of Red Bridge marketing company, which is National Wine Agency's contractor). Tasting of Georgian wine was led by Hiroshi Ishida, Japan's top sommelier.

The tasting seminar was attended by up to 100 professional of wine: sommeliers, wine importers, representatives of hotels and restaurants.

The guests were able to taste wines of the following companies: Chateau Mukhrani (Rkatsiteli Superieur), Shalauri Wine Cellar (Rkatsiteli, Mtsvane), Shumi (Iberiuli - Mtsvane, Mukuzani), Giuaani (Saperavi Barrel) and Orgo (Saperavi).

Some of the guests of the presentation expressed their readiness to include Georgian wine in their restaurants menus.

Japan is one of the strategic markets of Georgian wine, where, according to the data of four months of the current year, over 73 thousand bottles of wine have been exported, which is 139% higher than the similar data of the last year.

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Brazil produces postal stamp with a Georgian qvevri

10.05.2018 (Hvino News). This year marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Democratic Republic of Georgia.

To mark this event, the post  of Brazil issued a commemorative postage stamp "Georgia-cradle of wine," depicting image of Georgian qvevri from National Museum of Georgia. The stamp reads "Georgia is the cradle of wine” in Portuguese language.

The Georgian Embassy in Brazil helped to coordinate production of this stamp in Brazil.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Official: 4 months data of wine export in 2018

04.05.2018 (Hvino News). According to official information, in January – April 2018, 25 million bottles of wine have been exported to 43 countries worldwide, that is 36% higher than last year. Totally, 59,2 million USD worth of wine have been exported, that is 43% higher than the data of the previous year.

Export growth is remarkable in European, USA, Asian and traditional markets: Japan - 139% (73122), Czech Republic - 90%(21288 ), UK - 89% (40740), Kazakhstan - 84% (1108938), Netherlands - 83% (29793), South Korea - 76% (31380), Belarus - 75% (321258), Germany - 66% (241540), Lithuania - 51% (172020), Russia - 47% (16246021), Latvia - 32% (526380), Ukraine – 27% (2389280), Poland - 24% (1012774), Estonia – 19% (1858926), USA - 4% (105568).

Top five importers are: Russia  (16246021), Ukraine (2389280), China (1802792), Kazakhstan (1108938), Poland (1012774).

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Georgia Capital acquires control over Kindzmarauli Marani

03.05.2018 (Hvino News) On May 3 BGEO Group announced that its investment arm Georgia Capital has acquired a 60% indirect controlling interest in Kindzmarauli Marani LLC for $7.25 million.

"Kindzmarauli is a producer of exquisite Georgian wines and spirits, which owns 350 hectares of vineyards in Georgia’s Kakheti region. Georgia Capital will consolidate the results of Kindzmarauli’s operations from the acquisition date, and expects that the acquisition will complement and strengthen its existing beverage business with an increased presence in the growing domestic and international markets for Georgian wine", reads the official press release.

Irakli Gilauri, BGEO CEO commented: “I am delighted to announce that our beverage business has made a
major step towards its wine business development strategy to reach a vineyard base of 1,000 hectares over
the next three years. With this acquisition, we have now reached 436 hectares of vineyards to support our
wine production, which has been supported by significant growth opportunities on international markets
provided by Georgia’s various free trade agreements, including those with China and the European Union.”

American ‘Food&Wine’ magazine to cover Georgian wine

03.05.2018 (Hvino News). The executive wine editor of  Food&Wine magazine Ray Isle and the photographers were visiting Georgia for a week. The leading  US magazine is planning to feature article on Georgian wine culture in October issue.

Last September Ray Isle published article "3 Georgian Wines to Try Now", in which he wrote: "Tucked between Turkey and Russia on the coast of the Black Sea, the small country makes some fascinating wines... where the wines range from bright and crisp 
to downright exotic". He chose 2014 Vinoterra Mtsvane, 2016 Pheasant's Tears Saperavi, and 2014 Orgo Rkatsiteli for his first review.

During the recent tour organised by  National Wine Agency, Ray Isle and the creative team of Food&Wine  magazine visited wine cellars in Georgia’s Kartli and Kakheti regions.

"I have been writing about wine for a long time and it has been a lot of interest in Georgian wine in the past 4-5 years in the US, particularly in the sommelier restaurant community. I have tasted them, but I have never been to the wineries, never been to the country, never met the winemakers before, never been in the vineyards and that's always very important. I hope that people will become aware of Georgian wine and Georgian cuisine and realize how wonderful it is”, - said Ray Isle.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wine Explorers: "Let's discover the wine world!" The wine truck is in Georgia

02.05.2018 (Hvino News) In January 2014 Jean Baptiste Ancelot decided to quit his job in a big wine company in France and embark on a crazy adventure to travel the whole planet of wine, to discover new terroirs, to bring to light emerging countries, to meet atypical winegrowers and taste extraordinary wines.

With his camper van he has traveled 69 countries and on 18th of April Wine Explorer’s van camped on 70th country – Georgia. Two Frenchmen Jean-Batiste and a very talented photographer Brice Garcin started their 14-day journey in Georgia discovering unique terroirs and grape varieties of Imereti and Samegrelo regions. They filmed qvevri making process in village Tkemlovana, Chiatura district and finished the adventure in Kakheti – Georgia's wine "kingdom". Wine explorers' spotlight in Georgia was to discover qvevri-making process, and making wine in qvevri according to Georgian  traditional methods.

Georgian wine is still little-known in Europe

02.05.2018. Georgia believed that an agreement on free trade with the European Union would be a great incentive for the growth of Georgian wine exports to Europe and the country will overcome dependence on the Russian market forever.

However, in reality everything turned out to be quite differently - according to the Caucasus Research Resource Center, 63% of Georgian winemakers say the new terms of export to the EU didn’t affect their business.

Winemaking experts say the problem is that Georgian wine isn’t well known in Europe and to compete with large and eminent countries is a very difficult task for Georgia.

At the same time, many winemakers still hope that measures to popularize the country and wine will bring results.

In developed countries the recognition of the product and the proper information are of primary importance. Experts advise winemakers to take care of the quality of their products, and only then about the quantity.

Georgia has not yet managed to use the export opportunities to the European Union and Georgian products - primarily wine - still continue to follow well-studied and well-trodden path to the former Soviet republics where low prices are more important than high quality.

Winemaking experts and marketers believe that Georgian wine cannot yet compete with other inexpensive wines exported to Europe, and should seek its niche in the middle and expensive segment.


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