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

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.

The first Saperavi World Prize (SapPrize)  international contest was held in Tbilisi in 2017. The contest was organized by our publishing house Hvino News under the patronage of the Embassies of Georgia to Australia and to the USA, and with support of Vaziani Winery and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC 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 results of the competition became known in February 2018. For more information, read Saperavi World Prize 2017 announces results, awards Grand Prizes.

Saperavi World Prize awarded unique and precious prizes, hand-made by leading Georgian jewelers from Zenaari company – official partner of SapPrize. The gold, silver, and bronze prizes are  miniature copies of “azarpesha” - ancient Georgian wine vessels, usually made of silver or gold. These richly decorated objects, which are now rare antique collectibles, where chosen by SapPrize organizers to underline special role of wine in Georgia’s history and culture.

The new SapPrize 2018 will be held with participation of Georgian and foreign Saperavi makers later this year.