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Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia recently covered SapPrize 2017 tasting

Several mass medias in Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia have recently covered SapPrize tasting. Below are the links to the original publications (in Russian language):

Tbilisi Week (Georgia), 22.12.2017.
Иностранные послы решали судьбу золотой «азарпеши» на первом всемирном конкурсе саперави. Read full text here

Drinks+ (Ukraine), 27.12.2017.
Судьба золотой «азарпеши» была решена на всемирном конкурсе саперави.
Read full text here

VinMoldova (Moldova), 18.12.2017.
В Тбилиси состоялась дегустация вин "Всемирного приза саперави". Read full text here.

WinePages (Russia), 29.12.2017.
Первый всемирный конкурс Саперави. Read full text here.

Full list of international media coverage of Saperavi World Prize can be found here and here.


Saperavi World Prize 2017 tasting was held in Tbilisi

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Saperavi World Prize 2017 tasting was held in Tbilisi
Wines of best known Georgian variety from all over the world are judged in Georgia for the first time. 
Saperavi World Prize 2017 tasting was held on December 15th in Tbilisi, on the premises of  International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Georgia).
Saperavi World Prize 2017 is the new international wine contest in Georgia, which brings together the wines from winemakers from around the world who use the Saperavi variety.  Saperavi is a grape variety native to Georgia, which is becoming increasingly popular with winemakers around the world. 
Saperavi World Prize  (“SapPrize”) is conceived to become not only a wine contest of Saperavi wines produced in all continents, but a meeting point of international winemakers and Georgian tradition-keepers, backed by eight millennia-old winemaking history of Georgia – the cradle of wine. Official website of SapPrize is
Entry in SapPrize is free – there is no participation fee. The slogan of the contest is “Made globally, awarded in Georgia: Best Saperavi wines produced abroad”, because in 2017 SapPrize is open to winemakers from abroad (outside Georgia) who produce wines from Saperavi variety.
SapPrize will be an annual event. Permanent location of SapPrize is Tbilisi, Georgia.

Small and large wineries from several continents have submitted wine samples to SapPrize. Wines came from Australia (14 wines), United States (4 wines), Azerbaijan (3 samples), Kazakhstan (2 samples), Russia (2 samples) and one wine each from Armenia and New Zealand.

The Jury included:
Mr. Andro Barnovi (Georgia), Georgian Federation of Artisan Wine
H.E. Lukas Beglinger (Switzerland), Swiss Ambassador to Georgia
H.E. William Lahue (USA), Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia
Mr. Paul Rodzianko (USA), JSC Cradle of Wine
Ms. Ute Seitz (Germany), wine expert
Mr. Berthold Seitz (Germany), wine expert
Mr. Kakha Tchotiasvili (Georgia), Tchotiashvili Family Vineyards

Judging at the first Saperavi World Prize competition

by Ute SEITZ, wine author and wine tourism adviser               

Saperavi is a grapevine variety known mainly in Georgia - where it is the most commonly planted red grapevine variety. Most Georgians are probably not aware of the fact, that their national treasure is planted also in other regions of the wine world.

So, Mr. Alexander Kaffka, the head behind the website Hvino News, and his team had the idea to organize the Saperavi World Prize competition. Hvino News is a website which usually informs the world on regular base about Georgian wine news in English and Russian.

Saperavi wine producers from all over the world were informed about the competition and sent their samples to Tbilisi.

The date for tasting and judging the wines was set on December 15th. The jury met at ICC – International Chamber of Commerce, which kindly provided rooms, at 10:30 hours. While bottles, covered with brown paper bags, were opened jury members had time to accommodate and get to know each other.

Tasting started at 11 o’clock. Jury members sat along a big, dark wooden table, where all the wrapped and numbered bottles were standing in a line. Everybody had a name sign, a pile of scoring sheets in front of them, three wine glasses, bread and water to neutralize and rinse the mouth.

Saperavi World Prize tasting set for December 15th

Attention: Date of Saperavi World Prize tasting was set for December 15th.

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Australia's leading agricultural weekly covered SapPrize

The Weekly Times (Australia) recently covered Saperavi World Prize in article entitled "Ancient Georgian wine grape taking off Down Under" authored by Alexandra Laskie.

Published since 1869, The Weekly Times is Australia’s biggest, and most comprehensive rural news service across print and online, known far and wide as "the voice of the country" and "the Bible of the Bush".

Read full text here

RIVE, Italy's wine and cellar technology show partners with SapPrize

07.11.2017. RIVE, Italy's international show of wine-growing and cellar techniques, has become a media partner of Saperavi World Prize.

RIVE is the biennial International Salon dedicated to wine-growing and oenology, which takes place in the exhibition centre of Pordenone Fiere from 12th to 14th December 2017.

SapPrize logo and link can be found on RIVE main page (see screenshot).

Azerbaijan's news agency covered SapPrize

On October 27 the Azerbaijan's leading news agency News.Az published information on Saperavi World Prize: "Azerbaijan presents its wines for participation in Saperavi World Prize". Read full text here.

Georgian Wine Club partners with SapPrize, publishes article

24.10.2017. Georgian Wine Club, country's leading professional organization, has published article on SapPrize in Georgian language. Read original text here.

We are pleased to inform that Georgian Wine Club has become an official partner of Saperavi World Prize.