Wine making and viticulture site

Black Sea Region 2016, Batumi, Georgia

The Black Sea region is an area of traditional wine-making with a millennial history.

There is a lot of evidence that the Black Sea basin is the place of origin of the vine.

The scientists consider that the Latin word vinum originated from the Georgian word ღვინო (gvino). According to the historic and archaeological researches and this confirms the theory that Georgia, where the wine-making history totals 8 thousand years, is the homeland of wine-making.

The territory occupied by Bulgaria in modern times may also be the first Europe’s geographical region, where the vine was planted and the wine was produced.

Archaeological excavations indicate that the 8th-6th century B.C. on the territory of modern Turkey had discovered vineyards.

In the Southern part of Ukraine, viticulture and wine-making started developing back in the 6th century B.C.

In several regions of Russia, e.g. on the Taman peninsula and in the lower parts of Don river wine-making existed in the 4th century B.C.

The archaeological diggings on the territory of Azerbaijan confirm the existence of wine-making in the 5th century B.C.

According to legend, described in the Bible, Noah came down on Mount Ararat, planted the vine – so began the tradition of winemaking in the territory of modern Armenia.

Wine-making in Romania constitutes at least 400 years.

There is documentary confirmation that the wine history in Moldova starts 3000 years B.C.

Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey, Russia. Armenia and Azerbaijan are not only united by the geographical proximity, secular history and traditions, but also the problems related to the current situation in the production and consumption of wine, exportation and harsh competition on the market.

The economy of most countries in the Black Sea region depends on the production of wine and faces difficulties in promoting this product.

Wine-making depends, to a larger extent than the other areas, on the place of origin of the raw material and production of the product therefore it requires protection of its geographical and cultural uniqueness.

The preservation of wine-making traditions of the Black Sea region, the support of production of wine that is authentic for the culture of its country, promotion are among the main tasks of the International Contest BLACK SEA REGION 2016.

BLACK SEA REGION is the new name of the CHISINAU WINES&SPIRITS CONTEST, which has been organized for 25 years in Chisinau the last 7 years of which under the patronage of O.I.V.

BLACK SEA REGION is envisaged to take place in the countries of the Black Sea basin: Batumi, Chisinau, Odessa, Sochi, Yalta, Constanta, Baku and Varna. The homeland of wine – Georgia – was selected as the first country for the contest!

The International Wine and Spirits Contest BLACK SEA REGION 2016 will be held in Batumi on November 15-16, 2016.


  • Union of Oenologists of Georgia
  • National Wine Agency GeorgianWine