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“Georgia – Homeland of Wine”

By Anita Magradze
Friday, April 19
Japan capital Tokyo is hosting an exhibition Georgia-Homeland of Wine, celebrating Georgian viniculture and history.

During the exhibition, the Japanese expert of wine and sake, Kenichi Ohashi delivered a presentation about Georgian wine for Japanese wine professionals.

The event was attended by more than 120 guests including local wine experts, members of the Japanese Sommelier Association, representatives of restaurant and trade networks.

Kenichi Ohashi informed guests about Georgian Kvevri - wine-jar, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also that Georgia counts 8000 years of wine-making history including the ancient methods which are unique in the world.

The master drew attention to the diversity of Georgian grape breeds, which, according to him contributes to the taste and uniqueness of Georgian wine.

Kenichi Ohashi is a wine and sake expert based in Tokyo, Japan. Born in Tochigi Prefecture, he is the third generation owner of Yamajin Co., Ltd., a distributing company specialized in wine, sake and local spirits.

The Georgia-Homeland of Wine project, along with the exhibition, includes seminars on the origins and uniqueness of Georgian wine delivered by celebrated global experts, also wine-tasting sessions, master classes on the Georgian supra festive table, and a cultural program.

Other events featured a seminar by famous British journalist and wine writer Andrew Jefford - “Why is Georgian Wine Important”.

The exhibition is organized by National Wine Agency of Georgia and Georgian Wine Association, in a partnership with Sony Music Communication and the company of TOPPAN and will last until May 7th.

There was an important contribution of Japanese partners in the project, to revive the history of Georgian culture and wine using the latest technology – Warp Square, which enables the viewer to interface with ancient winemaking with the help of interaction.

In summer 2018, four Georgian testing laboratories were granted official certification in Japan. This will simplify wine export in Japan for Georgian winemakers.