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Saperavi World Prize 2017 – Why is it good for Georgia?

Saperavi World Prize 2017 – Why is it good for Georgia?

Soon Tbilisi will host  “Saperavi World Prize” – the first Georgian wine contest for foreign winemakers. Saperavi wines produced around the globe (even in far-away Australia and News Zealand) are being shipped to Georgia, where they are to be judged by country’s best winemaking experts.

Caucasian Business Week is among official media partners of Saperavi World Prize (“SapPrize”). We have received questions from readers about this new event, and contacted the organizers for answers.  Inge Olsson of Georgian wine news is manager of Saperavi World Prize. He kindly agreed to answer our questions.

– These Saperavi wines are produced abroad. Why are they important for Georgia?
– Saperavi is the most famous Georgian variety. In Georgia it’s a legend, but in many countries it is not known. If we want Georgia to sell its products at global market, we must use all opportunities to promote everything Georgian, and of course Saperavi. The winemakers who produce Saperavi wines in USA or New Zealand are doing a very good job for Georgia. And Georgia must not only show its appreciation, but stimulate a wider use of Saperavi in the world.

The words “Saperavi” and “Georgia” must be heard often, to become familiar to international consumers. In result, more people will buy Georgian products. So, Georgian producers will gain direct benefits.

World's Best Sommelier talks about "Saperavi World Prize"

04.10.2017. Gerard Basset is probably the world's most distinguished wine expert - he is currently the only person in the world to hold the combined titles of Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, Wine MBA, OIV MSc in Wine Management, and World's Best Sommelier!

In addition, Mr. Basset is Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), President of the Court of Master Sommeliers (Europe), and President of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

We are thankful to Gerard for his encouraging words about Saperavi World Prize:
“Georgian wines are loved and admired by many Sommeliers and wine lovers around the world. 
It is really wonderful that there is now a special event for Saperavi a grape so strongly associated with Georgia and its wines. 
I would like to wish great success to this very exciting event.”

DHL, can you feel our pain?

14.09.2017. Can you imagine the impact, which broke this bottle of wine? Despite the foamy box and foam inside?

This is a wine sample we received today, sent from overseas to Saperavi World Prize by DHL.

DHL, can you feel our pain? What the heck you are doing with your parcels?

Sarah Abbott MW: "SapPrize is going to be a fascinating competition"

07.09.2017. Ms. Sarah Abbott is a Master of Wine, wine educator and consultant based in UK. Recently she authored an article entitled "Saperavi goes global with SapPrize competition" about our project. At first we wanted to re-post abstracts or quotations from that article, but simply could not decide which parts to skip, as we liked every one of them!  (Source is here)
Saperavi is special. Georgians love, admire and esteem this inky deep wine. And they are so proud that it is theirs. Many Georgians tell you that the Saperavi vine originated in Kakheti, in Georgia’s warm east. But Robinson et al give its origin as Zemo Kartli, in the far south west, where it was still widespread in the 17th century. But the Soviets chose Kakheti as the centre of wine production in Georgia, and the ‘other’ wine regions are still recovering and replanting today.

First package of Australian Saperavi wine samples arrived to SapPrize

04.09.2017. Today the first package of Australian Saperavi wine samples safely arrived to Tbilisi by DHL. It is from G. Patritti & Company in Dover Gardens, South Australia - a very long way to Tbilisi.

Welcome to Georgia!

British Masters of Wine talk about the Saperavi World Prize

28.08.2017. Rosemary George MW and Rod Smith MW are internationally renowned wine experts and Masters of Wine. In 2016 they visited Georgia and familiarized themselves with Georgia's rich wine traditions and range of products. Afterwards, Hvino News has published interviews with them (see here and here).

Today, we are happy to post opinions about our Saperavi World Prize by these Masters of Wine.

We are thankful for their encouraging remarks:

Saperavi World Prize entries are on the way to Georgia

22.08.2017. Today we started to register the wines for submission to SapPrize. Participating companies are requested to fill in and return the official Registration Form.

The registered entries are shipped to Georgia.

The Registration Forms are listing all wines which each company submits to the competition, with name and vintage year. Besides the wines for competition, the wineries can send additional bottles to be served at the reception, during the awards announcement ceremony.

We wish best of luck to all contestants!

Georgian Embassies in USA and Australia became official patrons of Saperavi World Prize

18.08.2017. We are pleased to communicate that Saperavi World Prize has received official letters of support from two Georgian Embassies: Embassy to Australia in Canberra, and Embassy to USA in Washington.

"It is a great advertisement strategy. We are fully supporting this initiative and willing to provide any assistance, if necessary" - pointed out the Georgian diplomatic representatives in connection with Saperavi World Prize.

It is a great pleasure and honour for the organizers of SapPrize, and we are very thankful for this support and encouragement from the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

In the current list of confirmed SapPrize participants, the major part of winemakers  are from Australia and USA, see Participants section.

Welcome to new contestant from USA

17.08.2017. We wish to welcome Chateau Niagara to SapPrize. Chateau Niagara is winery near Niagara Falls in USA. The vineyard and winery are the lifelong dream of the owners Jim and Kathy Baker who share a passion for the land, the wine and good food.

As they wrote in a letter to Saperavi World Prize organizers at Hvino News, "It is our very first vintage of Saperavi, and we are very excited about the promise of this grape here".

"WineAssist" (Australia) on Saperavi World Prize

09.08.2017. Here is a recent comment on Saperavi World Prize posted by Dan Traucki, director of Wine Assist consultancy (Australia):
"Hvino News... has become interested in what the rest of the world is doing with their variety....they have launched a global Saperavi competition called “SapPrize”... These wines will be judged in Georgia, against other non-Georgian Saperavi by a panel of five international wine judges. How clever is that!
They get to see what winemakers around the world are doing with their variety, whilst the winemakers get to benchmark themselves against all the other ‘newbies’ in Saperaviland"
Read full text here.