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 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.

Saperavi World Prize covered by Australia's leading wine news medias

08.08.2017. Australia's leading wine business resource Winetitles Media has published article entitled "Australia dominates Saperavi awards" in its Daily Wine News newsletter. 

"13 of the 19 producers that have entered the competition have come from Australia, demonstrating the variety's success", - reads the article. Read full text here.

And in Drinks Bulletin's article "Aussie winemakers dominate 2017 SapPrize entries" the author Alana House writes:

"Ever heard of a wine varietal called Saperavi? Neither had we until we'd read that Australia was dominating the entries for the 2017 Saperavi World Prize...." Read full text here.

Winetitles Media agreed to join the list of SapPrize's media partners.

VinMoldova, Sputnik Georgia and several other Russian-language medias covered SapPrize recently

31.07.2017. More media coverage of SapPrize has appeared recently in Georgian, Moldovan, Russian, and Ukrainian press, in Russian language. It included our interview published in Sputnik Georgia (with an audio recording) and Rambler News, articles in VinMoldova, DrinkTime, Vinnaya Karta, Eurowine.

Click on the medias' names to read full texts.

Many thanks to our colleagues in the mass medias for attention to Saperavi World Prize!

Clovely Estate from Queensland enters SapPrize

25.07.2017. Clovely Estate, one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries, has become a new participant of Saperavi World Prize.

The winery from the South Burnett region is in south-east Queensland is known for producing "Kartlis Deda" Saperavi with the image of Tbilisi's famous statue "Mother of Georgia" (Kartlis Deda in Georgian).

Saperavi World Prize covered in India

24.07.2017. Indian Wine Academy published a detailed article focusing on Saperavi World Prize, entitled "SapPrize is Prize for Best Saperavi in World".

"The success of Georgia’s most internationally recognised signature grape Saperavi is to be celebrated with the founding of annual ‘Saperavi World Prize’ for the best Saperavi, now officially titled as ‘SapPrize’", - writes Subhash Arora, President of Delhi Wine Club, who has tasted several of these wines in Georgia and promoted in India and feels the grape has a great potential in India.

Read full text here

Two more wineries entered SapPrize today

23.07.2017. We wish to welcome two more winemakers who entered our contest today: Christobelle Anderson of Anderson Winery, and Bruce Bassham of  Bassham Wines. Both companies are from Australia. The current list of participants can be found in the Participants Section.

Mobrdzandit (welcome in Georgian), Christobelle and Bruce!




Caucasus Business Week covered "SapPrize"

20.07.2017. Today Caucasus Business Week published article on SapPrize, entitled "The World’s Winemakers to Compete for a Gold "Azarpesha". Read the text of article below in abridged version:

What is an azarpesha? In Georgia, that’s how they used to call the elegant wine vessels with long handle, made of silver or gold. These richly decorated objects are now rare antique collectibles.

Now, a miniature gold azarpesha is chosen as the top award of Saperavi World Prize, the first wine contest of Saperavi wines produced in all continents.

Saperavi, the “signature” Georgian grape variety, is becoming increasingly popular with winemakers around the world. Saperavi wines are produced in USA, Europe, former Soviet republics, and even New Zealand, but it is Australia where this Georgian variety has become especially widespread.