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International Qvevri Wine Competition

The 3rd  International Qvevri Wine Competition will be held in Georgia on 21-22 June 2019, organized by the Georgian Wine Association, supported by the National Wine Agency.

Aims of the Competition:

  • To introduce best Qvevri Wines to the world (both from Georgia & other countries);
  • To encourage the production and consumption of Qvevri Wine;
  • To increase awareness of Qvevri wines produced in different countries.

Terms and Conditions for Participation:

The competition is open exclusively to Qvevri* wine producer from all countries and wine regions in the world. Wineries, individual winemakers, cooperative groups or unions are eligible to enter the competition. Conditions for entering the competition:

  • Wines entered must be bottled;
  • The competing wines must come from a consistent batch of at least 400 bottles and be stored with the intention of being sold;
  • Bottle labels must include the following information:
    • Name of the producing company, individual or cooperative
    • Brand name
    • Vintage
    • Grape Variety
    • Country/Region
    • Volume

General conditions for sample shipping:

To compete, the wines must come from a consistent batch. Each sample entered must meet the following conditions:

  • 2 bottles per entry (75 cl bottles)
  • Bottles must display their commercial label

To enter the competition participants must send a completed form by email to qvevri@gwa.ge before June 14, 2019.

Samples must be delivered to Georgian Wine Association, 12. Mtatsminda street, 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia before June 14, 2019.  Delivery times are Monday to Friday from 11:00am to 17:00pm. Transport costs are at the expense of the participant and at his/her own risk (shipping, customs and taxes to be paid by the sender). Samples can be sent via the carrier of your choice. Any samples sent freight collect will be rejected. Samples that do not comply with competition rules will not be returned.

Entry fees and methods of payment:


Complimentary, due to the shipment costs.

Sample checks and storage:

The Georgian Wine Association will check all samples received and their accompanying documentation. Samples which do not comply with all clauses of the rules will be rejected. The competition’s organizer will store all samples in a secure location where temperature and general conditions ensure the wines enjoy optimal conditions.


Samples will be assessed by national and international judges, whose number will depend on the amount of wines entered in the competition.

The anonymity of the wines is a fundamental principle of the competition.


The competition award will be handed or addressed to the owner of the wine declared on the registration sheet.

* Definition Qvevri and Qvevri Wine: The Qvevri is an egg-shaped earthenware vessel used for making, aging and storing the wine. The wine-making process involves pressing the grapes and then pouring the juice, grape skins, stalks and pips into the Qvevri, which is sealed and buried in the ground so that the wine can ferment for one to six months (white and red wine fermentation process differs). Ancient Georgian traditional Qvevri wine-making method was inscribed on the representative list of  UNESCO intangible heritage in 2013.


Giorgi Dakishvili

  • Head of Jury

Levan Mekhuzla

  • Head of National Wine Agency

Irma Tchanturia

Georg Binder

Lisa Granik

  • Master of Wine

Vladimer Kublashvili

Magda Surguladze

Vano Shiukashvili


National Wine Agency

  • Contact Information

Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

  • Contact Information


The International Qvevri Wine Competition


The 3rd “International Qvevri Wine Competition” was held in Georgia, on June 21 and 22, 2019, organized by the Georgian Wine Association, supported by the National Wine Agency and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. The 1st International Qvevri Wine Competition was s successfully launched in September 2017 during the 4th International Qvevri Wine Symposium in Georgia. The number of samples submitted to the competition this year has increased by 85% compared to the first year of the competition. 332 samples of 120 wine producers have participated in the competition. The wine samples were tasted and evaluated by the group of national and international judges. The chair of the international jury was George Dakishvili, the honored award-winning winemaker of Georgia. It is notable that the German Oenologist, wine expert, member of German National Wine Expert Panel, judge at the several International Competitions Dr. Georg Binder for the first time joined the jury of the Qvevri Wine Competition. The winners of the competition will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze diplomas. After the First Symposium organized by the Georgian Wine Association, in 2013, Georgian traditional method of making wine in Qvevri was added to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of UNESCO. In 2017 the world scientific community recognized that the oldest wine remains were discovered on the territory of Georgia, from where it spread around the world with profound consequences for agriculture, human culture, biology, medicine, and ultimately civilization.