Archive for June, 2017

Online Information Platform For wine, Grapes and Wine Making

Posted on June 29, 2017. Filed under: Wine Tourism |

By Tika Bujiashvili

On June2 9, 2017 a presentation one of the innovating products Georgian Online Wine Catalogue was held by Georgian wine association. The Catalogue was a new platform for wine, grapes and wine marketing for everyone who wanted to discover secrets of Georgian wine. Georgia not only produces its own wine but have its own vine varieties. To pronounce the name of these vine varieties is difficult. So the catalogue gives the information not only about the wine, but short information about Georgian vine varieties too.

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As Ms. Tata Jaiani said, wine association receives a lot of mails from the customers who want to get information where they can buy Georgian wine abroad. The online catalogues will also provide the customers with the kind of information.

In order to join the platform, wine makers have to contact Georgian wine association, fill the questionnaire, send photos of their wine and winery with additional information about wineries, hotels, guesthouses and etc if they want. GWA will upload info without any charge.

Why Georgian Online Wine Catalogue? The answer is simple. The Catalogues will raise awareness about Georgia. The catalogue will be linked with Georgian Wine Tourism travel platform to attract attention for its cutting-edge technologies, time and sector.

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The platform will fit the travelers’ interests, added Ms. Veriko Kapanadze, Tourists can plan their tour themselves, choose the region, find the exact location on google.map and learn country’s wealth of historical sites, the wildlife and nature reserves as well as regional cuisine. And in the end they will be able to rate all the objects and leave comments which winery they recommend to others.

This project was implemented with the help of the EU and active involvement of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.

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Geowinery.com-New Product of GWA

Posted on June 15, 2017. Filed under: Wine Tourism |

Reported by Tika Bujiashvili

Georgian Wine Association was founded in 2010 by 6 companies. Since then the association with its 30 members have been doing marketing and Export promotion, event management including wine fairs, workshops and seminars and wine tasting. The association cooperates with National Wine Agency and International Donor Institutions. They implement innovations and trends.

One of the innovating products Georgian Online Wine Catalogue was introduced on June 14, 2017 at Gia Gallery. The presenter was Ms. Veriko Kapanadze, marketing manager at GWA.

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As Ms Veriko said currently they have over 200 wines and alcoholic beverages in the catalogue, but their goal is to build and manufacture all the products produced in Georgia to maximize the awareness of Georgia and its products, promote Georgian wine exports, development of wine tourism and increase awareness of small, medium and large cellars.

Through this platform, GWA is planning to provide detailed information about Georgian wines and alcoholic beverages, grape varieties and regions, as well as to promote wine tourism development.

At the question, why GWA think the site is unique, Ms Veriko answered, that the site will be flexible for wine makers as well as wine buyers. And the notable is that the consultations won’t be chargeable.

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At the end of the presentation invited journalists could enjoy with both Tbilvino wine tasting and wonderful works of art of Mr. Gia Japaridze.

This project was implemented with the help of the EU and active involvement of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.

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Expo Georgia hosts 10th Wine and Spirit Fair

Posted on June 9, 2017. Filed under: Wine Tourism |

By Tika Bujiashvili

On June 9, 2017 Expo Georgia hosted 10th Wine and Spirit Fair. The event was supported by Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and National Wine Agency of Georgia. The whole Caucasus Region was presented with full range of wine industry, products and services. It was a unique chance for producers and exporters to build success in the New Market of business opportunities.

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At the exhibition there was a Presentation of the book A Guide to the Cradle of Wine by Miquel Hudin (Spain/USA) and Daria Kholodilina (Ukraine/Georgia)

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For wine lovers there was masterclasses by Zaza Grigalashvilii, a Sommelier at WSET. The training was conducted by the companise Winehouse and Vartsikhe.

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There was a high interest of wine buyers from China, Ukraine and Germany.

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Wine and Spirit Fair lasts until June 11.

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One Day Tour to Uplistsikhe

Posted on June 7, 2017. Filed under: Tours |

Georgia.com Travel offers the visitors a magnificent tour to Kartli Region. The tour starts in Tbilisi. Our first destination is Uplistsikhe.

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The ancient city carved in the rock is located 20 km east to Gori. It was part of the historic Silk Road. On the verge of II and I millennia BC, one of the tribes that lived on the territory of Uplistsikhe decided to use and arrange the natural caves as their dwelling spaces. In the 6th-5th centuries BC it became one of the most important cultural and political centers of Shida Kartli.

Starting from the 2nd century BC it transformed into a typical Hellenistic town. Uplistsikhe was an important trading centre till the 12th century AD. The remains of the town, which was built on the bank of the river Mtkvari still retain the signs of hellenistic epoch and make an unforgettable impression on the visitors.

From Uplistsikhe we will visit one of the most beautiful gorge in Kartli-Ateni gorge. On the way we will meet very beautiful church of Ateni Sioni.

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Ateni Sioni replicates Mtskheta Holy Cross Monastery architecture. It dates back to the first half of VII century and is located 12 km from Gori, in Ateni village, a place of outstanding natural beauty on a rock above the Tana River in a narrow valley. The name Sioni derives from Mount Zion at Jerusalem. The church has cruciform interior and its facades are faced with carved rectangular greenish-gray stones.

The walls of the church contain Georgian, Greek, Armenian and Syrian inscriptions. Here can be found all types of inscriptions in Asomtavruli, Mkhedruli and Nuskhuri. Some Inscriptions are covered with frescos. Some inscriptions were dated. Sioni interior wall contains the inscription of Secular poetry, which is unique and is nowhere except here.

The Church is a burial place of Sumbat, a son of Ashot, Nerse, Stepanoz Mampal and Guaramvri, a wife of Konstantine Kakhi, with their birth and death dates.

Today frescoes conservation works are in progress. The church was closed during Soviet Period and was just a museum. Since 1989 Ateni Sioni is active again.

You can have a wine and culinary tour at the wine cellar in Ateni. Don’t miss the chance to taste Kartli wine and experience making traditional dishes of the region.

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Then-Gori, the birth place of Stalin. Visit Stalin’s museum  or Sergi Makalatia Gori Historical and Ethnographical Museum. Both are interesting! Museum collection description: The museum houses archaeology collection from local sites IV-III Millennium B.C. (ceramic family seals, collection of adornment, weapons), numismatic collection; collection of XVIII-XIX cc. ethnography (Georgian and Karabagh carpets and rugs, textiles, golden thread embroidery for religious clothes; collection of XVII-XIX cc. weapons etc. Branches: Alexander Javakhishvili House Museum (village Dzevera), Niko Lomouri House Museum (village Arbo).

Relax a little and go walking to Gori Fortress, which is in the heart of the town.

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Gori Fortress is a historical building on a hill above the city of Gori, Shida Kartli. From here all the roads are seen well so gaolers could easily see when enemy appeared. Located on the main highway connecting eastern and western parts of Georgia the fortress was of strategic importance for many centuries. The Fortress was a strategic stronghold. Conquering the fortress meant political influence on Shida Kartli. Gori fortress was attacked several times by invading armies and was rebuilt afterwards. The main part was restored in the 30s of XVII century by king Rostom. The last time the church was restored in 1774 by Erekle II. After the Treaty of Georgievsk (until 1801) Gori fortress still had a function. The Russian army battalion Grenadier stood there. Later Gori fortress lost its practical importance. The fortress was built with cobblestones. In old layers cut stone was also used. The western part – Tskhrakara – is better preserved, on the southern and eastern parts there are support fences. In the south east part of fortress there is a small chapel. The fortress had a tunnel to get some water. In the middle of the south wall there is an ancient wooden gate. The Fortress has only one entrance, which is not seen until you come closer. There are few remaining structures within the walls but spectacular views of the city, mountains and surrounding makes it one of the remarkable places.

And in the end, want to buy Georgian traditional souvenirs? Visit Tatulashvili ceramic craft-shop. Tatulashvili family has always been famous for traditional handicrafts. George Tatulashvili is the third generation that continues family traditions and tries to transfer the accumulated knowledge to future generations.

 

 

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KODALA-Social Enterprise

Posted on June 5, 2017. Filed under: Others |

By Tika Bujiashvili

Coming across wooden puzzle-toys-funny rabbits, donkeys and even The Bremen Town Musicians at the toy-shop Super and already at Mtatsminda Park at the weekends, you may not imagine that in Tbilisi, on Rustaveli Avenue there is a small social enterprise “Kodala” where these hand-made, well -wrapped toys are made.

Kodala, established in 2013, operates a social enterprise woodworking business which fabricates wooden assemble toys, which develops imagination and memory of children and helps them exercise their eyes and mind.

People employed here are people with limited abilities, minor probationers, social insecure young people and even former prisoners. They don’t rely on grants or donations, but instead earn their income through selling their hand-made products. Here you will meet a cheerful, blue-eyed old man who likes posing and taking photos very much. He doesn’t have a hand but still works to make ecologically pure toys for young generation.

 

 

People, employing at Kodala, acquire new professions through different innovation techniques.  They can also study artistic processing of wood.

Today the organization produces more than 50 kinds of wooden toys and different miniature wooden products puzzles, mechanical toys and souvenirs.

As Kontstantine Svanadze, The General Director of the Social Enterprises “Kodala” said, the aim of the organizations is an integration of the people with limited abilities. Since employing people with limited abilities has a positive impact on employers, increases in customized and supported employment will not only help individuals with disabilities, but also benefit the workforce and society as a whole.

One thing is that Kodala is ready to host people not only locals, but guests who are interested in such kind of social enterprise. They can give masterclasses and show how children’s favorite puzzles or toys are made. It will be a good encouragement and motivation for the people employed here.

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