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Georgian winemakers against to Russian law

Open letter to
The Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia,
Mr. Shalva Papuashvili,
Chairman of the Agrarian Affairs Committee,
Mrs. Nino Tsilosani
The first deputy of the Agrarian Affairs Committee,
Mr. Gela Samkharauli
Deputy of the Agrarian Affairs Committee,
Mr. Samvel Manukyan

From the representatives of the wineries of Georgia

We, the representatives of the wineries of Georgia, believe that the draft “foreign agent” law initiated by the MPs of the majority party in the Parliament of Georgia will harm the wine sector at large. This includes  grape growers, wine producers, non-profit organizations, associations, winemakers' associations and guilds advocating for the interests of various entities operating in the field. The draft law especially hurts micro, small, and the medium-sized entrepreneurs by thwarting their capacity for developmennt and growth.

It is worth noting that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and other international missions and programs operating in Georgia have been supporting Georgian winemaking and viticulture for decades. These institutions have been at the forefront of a number of large-scale transformative projects for the development of the wine industry and have faithfully been serving the interests of our state.

With the support of foreign organizations a laboratory that adheres to international wine standards has been established in Georgia, Georgian vineyards have been officially mapped, internationally accredited educational programs, such as WSET, have been implemented, a complete scientific study of Georgian clay has been conducted, and the compliance of kvevri with international food safety standards has been established. During Russia's embargo on Georgian wine (2006-2013), thanks to close cooperation with international media and importing companies, it became possible for large wineries to access new markets, including such large and attractive ones like the United States of America.

Through international programs, with the support of donor organizations, and in cooperation with non-profit organizations, a number of micro, small, and medium-sized wineries have been strengthened or established throughout Georgia. Within the framework of these projects, it became possible to provide these wineries with infrastructural support and technical equipment. Further, these projects helped winemakers and grape growers attain new agricultural knowledge, develop their marketing expertise, and support the exportation of their wine. As a result, Georgian winemakers can now  access important markets like the United Kingdom, Japan, USA, France, Germany, Denmark, and others.

Because of international collaboration, now Georgian wine represents our country as the “Homeland of Wine” at international wine fairs; Georgian wines are now featured on the wine list of the world's highest-rated restaurants. Additionally, the world has gotten to know the rare, indigenous Georgian varieties, our local wine traditions, and Georgia’s best viticulture zones and terroirs. In recent years, many farmers, inspired by such successful examples, have returned to the countryside, adding entrepreneurial value to the traditional work carried out by their forefathers and ancestors.

Georgia has been recognized by the world as the homeland of wine precisely because of the support of our foreign friends: on the one hand, international research conducted by the world's leading universities in cooperation with local scientists supports our historical claims to our wine history, and on the other hand, Georgia as the homeland of wine is supported by influential global media outlets (BBC, NY Times, CNN, Forbes and many others). Accordingly, with the help of foreign organizations operating in Georgia and abroad, the efforts of state and non-entrepreneurial entities made it possible to create a new, authentic image of Georgian wine, liberated from Soviet clichés. With their support, it became possible to trace independent paths that move beyond the unstable, politicized market of Russia, and that emphasize  our natural, historical and civilized environment, with which we are connected by our great traditions of winemaking.

We urge you not to support this above-mentioned bill, otherwise:
1) Micro, small, and medium producers of grapes and wine, as well as vine seedlings, will lose the opportunity to access financial, infrastructural, technical, and educational assistance from international donors and non-commercial organizations;

2) Independent professional associations, communes and guilds operating in the wine sector will lose the opportunity to receive international funding and the ability of to dispurse these funds in accordance with the needs of the industry and entrepreneurs operating in the industry, for example for research or educational purposes, for advocating the interests of entrepreneurs, and for wine festivals or exhibitions;

The adoption of a law contrary to the founding principles of the European Union risks damaging the reputation of Georgian wine and, more generally, Georgian products entering the European market. This questions the foundations of long-lasting, consistent state policy implemented with the aim of popularizing Georgian wine. In the wine sector, civil organizations, which until now, mostly relied on international financial support, will weaken and disappear. The irreversible, successful development of small and medium-sized wine businesses in Georgia would be breached and, as a result, many wineries would face an existential threat.

Each member of the Parliament, especially the leaders and members of the Committee of Agrarian Affairs, should be well aware of these potential risks and strongly and effectively oppose the adoption of the “Foreign Agent” law. Otherwise, you will be collectively, and individually, responsible for the subsequent unfortunate development of aforementioned consequences.


1.​Oda Family Winery - Keto Ninidze

2.​Mshvenieradze Winery - Giorgi Mshvenieradze

3.​Martvilis Marani - Zaza Gagua

4.​Menabde Winery - Vakhushti Menabde

5.​Vazha Getiashvilis Marani - Rezo Getiashvili

6.​Iago's wine - Iago Bitarishvili

7.​Wine Artisans - Andro Barnovi

8.​Papari Valley - Nukri Kurdadze

9.​Latibashvili's Wine - Nodar Latibashvili

10.​Tsikhelishvili Winery - Alexi Tsikhelishvili

11.​Artanuli Gvino - Kakha Berishvili

12.​Okro Wines - John Okruashvili

13.​Pheasant Tears Winery - John Wurdeman

14.​Nikoladze Winery - Ramaz Nikoladze

15.​Aleko Sardanashvilis Marani - Aleko Sardanashvili

16.​Archil Guniava's Wine Cellar - Archil Guniava

17.​Anemo - Ana Godabrelidze

18.​Winery Kalami - Malkhaz Kharbedia

19.​Makaridze Winery - Gogita Makaridze

20.​Family winery Gebrale - Vazha Kasrelishvili

21.​Pantsulaia Family Winery - Murman Pantsulaia

22.​Marani Enkeni - Lasha Guruli

23.​Nika Vacheishvili's Marani - Nika Vacheishvili

24.​Gvintesti- Vano Shiukashvili

25.​Madamwine - Manana Akhvlediani

26.​Freya's Marani - Enek Peterson

27.​TDWinery - Tengiz Dvalishvili

28.​Chortauli Vineyards - Aleko Tskitishvili

29.​Kortavebis Marani, Tamuna's wine - Tamar Bidzinashvili

30.​GOGO Wine - Ketevan Berishvili

31.​Samtavisi Winery - Mamuka Kikvadze

32.​Nebi - Beka Aslanishvili

33.​Chona's Marani - Mikheil Chonishvili

34.​Marani Velino - Beka Jimsheladze

35.​Chito's Gvino - Nino Chitoshvili, Vano Mosemgwdlishvili

36.​Nikalas Marani - Zurab Mgvdliashvili

37.​Tilisma Winery - Kathy Hubert

38.​Variani's Marani - Ivane Stefanashvili

39.​Khvtisia wine - Zurab Khvtisiashvili

40.​Robi's Winery - Robi Zirakashvili

41.​Malati Winery - Tamar Gerliani

42.​Marani Chubini - Tornike Chubinidze

43.​Pataridze's Rachuli - Shorena Pataridze

44.​Winery Klakni - Vladimir Nachkebia

45.​White Mulberry - Natia Chekurishvili

46.​Lapauri Wine - Data Lapauri

47.​Arbo's Cellar - Shio Maisuradze

48.​Tedos Marani - Tedo Gzirishvili

49.​Matiashvilis Marani - Merab Matiashvili

50.​Buas Marani - Sandro Buadze

51.​Natenadze Winery - Giorgi Natenadze

52.​Bibineishvili Wines - Giorgi Bibineishvili

53.​Mavino - Marina Kurtanidze

54.​Mamiseuli Marani - Tamar Mosiashvili

55.​Nadelebi - Guram Maisuradze

56.​Ghvinia - Shalva Alelishvili

57.​Kamo's Winery - Levan Kamushadze

58.​Rotcho's Vineyards - Tamar Bochoridze

59.​Broladze Winery - Zaza Broladze

60.​Asatiani Wine - Zviad Asatiani

61.​Mandzula's marani - Salome Mandzulashvili

62.​Bolnuri wine - Vakhtang Chagelishvili

63.​Miranda's Wine - Miranda Chkhetiani

64.​Peri Wines - Revaz Tsetskhladze

65.​Marani Silovani - Lasha Shvitaridze

66.​Orta - Tamar Khvedelidze

67.​Kapito Cellar - Besik Karabaki

68.​Doctor's Bio-cellar - Marieta Kakiashvili, Teimuraz Ruadze

69.​Komli - Lika Megreladze

70.​Akhmeta Wine House - Anna Imedashvili

71.​Loladze Family Winery - Erekle Loladze

72.​Avalishvilis Marani - Shmagi Avalishvili

73.​Batsashvilis Wine Gallery - Ilia Batsashvili

74.​Winery Jorjino - George Meshveliani

75.​Kvevriseuli - George Mkhatvrishvili

76.​Ilia's Wine Cellar - Ilia Malakmadze

77.​Buneburi  - Aleko Jakhua

78.​Zhuka-Sano Wine - Tako Zhuruli

79.​Mukuznis Marani - Natia Managadze

80.​Japara Winery - Guja Japaridze

81.​Gotsiridze Winery - Andro Gotsiridze

82.​Lagvani - Sanata Tsitsuashvili

83.​Zorba Wines - Besik Sabashvili

84.​Chubo Wines - Levan Chubinidze

85.​Kartuli Marani - Irakli Kobidze

86.​Nino Meris Wine Cellar - Nino Meris Madzgharashvili

87.​Lagazi Wine Cellar - Shota Lagazidze

88.​Qilipa's Chacha - Irakli Kiliptari

89.​Winery Dano - Nona Mchedlishvili

90.​Alapiani - Merab Mirtskhulava

91.​Sopo's Family Winery - Sopo Muchiauri

92.​Marani Sachino - Maia Katsitadze

93.​Toreli Winery - Nika Javakhishvili

94.​Miro Wines - Ketevan Vashakidze

95.​Gia Jamberidze's Family Cellar - Gia Jamberidze

96.​Tinatin Wine - Tinatin Jakhua

97.​Tsanka's Wine - Nini Tsankashvili

98.​Goderdzishvili Winery - Elguja Goderdzishvili

99.​Demi's Winery - Guliko Panchulidze

100.​Amiran Vepkhvadze Cellar - Amiran Vepkhvadze

101.​Marani Tvaladuri - George Razmadze

102.​Iases Marani - Gogita Mchedlishvili

103.​Lomtadze Family Wine - Sopio Samteladze

104.​Khidishlebi - Khatia Khidisheli

105.​Ghvardzelashvilis Marani - George Ghvardzelashvili

106.​Shermadini Winery - Shota Shermadini

107.​Gotsa Wines - Beka Gotsadze

108.​Giorgi Revazashvilis Marani - Giorgi Revazashvili

109.​Solomone - Davit Chachanidze

110.​Nanua Winery - Givi Chubinidze

111.​Gremelashvili Wines - David Gremelashvili

112.​Baruli Wine Cellar - Lasha Lomidze

113.​Ghvino Kartlisa - David Kharazishvili

114.​Simon Chkheidze Wine Cellar - Mamuka Chkheidze

115.​Mtevani - Zaur Natsvlishvili

116.​Khvanchkara Terrace - Mikheil Mghebrishvili

117.​Nikolaishvilebi's Winery Phesvebi - Ilia Nikolaishvili

118.​Tedzami Wines - George Malatsidze

119.​Irmas da Katos Venakhebi da Marani - Irma Merebashvili

120.​Famcy Wines - George Poroshini

121.​Petriaant Marani - Revaz Petriashvili

122.​Antadze Wines - Niki Antadze

123.​Vintners and Vagabonds - Aidan Raftery

124.​Dzveli Nekresi - Besik Gugava

125.​Niabi Winery - Niko Beriashvili

126.​Tiko Estate

127.​Spring Fields

128.​Kardanakhi Estate

129.​Giorgis da Iraklis Marani

130.​Wine Producer - Mikheil Dolidze

131.​Wine Club - Natia Gachechiladze

132.​Wine guide - Lela Jojua

133.​Ia's Family Winery

134.​Kizikuri Traditsiuli


136.​g.Vino - Vakhang Khutsaidze

137.​Wine journalist - Levan Sebiskveradze

138.​Saamuri - Maia Chokhonelidze

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June 2024