Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation3 weeks ago
Georgia, a dream destination for wine lovers, has at least 430 indigenous grape varieties, but until recently, commercial production concentrated on only a select few. An strong desire to resurrect the country’s diverse natural heritage is leading producers to plant more archaic varieties. Expect more local varieties from Kakheti, the main wine-producing province, including grapes that were largely wiped out by phylloxera 100 years ago but are now being replanted, such as white Chitistvala and Mtsvivani, as well as the red varieties Jghia and Simonaseuli.

There are exceptional niche potentials of Georgian wine, produced in natural way with unique methods - Georgia is already known from wines which are fermented and aged in Kvevris - clay vessels, that are often buried underground. Kvevri wine is claimed to be stable by nature, rich in tannins, and that it does not require chemical preservatives to ensure long life and exclusive taste. Representing only 1 percent of all Georgian wines, kvevri wines themselves come in different styles. There are dry, heavy red wines made from Saperavi and other red grapes, such as Otskhanuri Sapere and Tavkveri, but it’s the amber wines, produced from white grapes fermented in kvevri with skins and sometimes stems.

To meet the needs and fill the niche for easy-drinking summer wine, Pét-nats became a trend here recently, what is seemed to be “a wilder version of a sparkling wine like champagne”. However, it is something more special, as every bottle will be a little different – at the beginning it may be slightly sweet, as the result of some residual sugar that hasn’t yet undergone fermentation. Then, as time passes, it tends to get drier, especially if put on sunlight for a few days. This is definitely a thing that would tempt tourists to try during next trip to Georgia.

Nonetheless, Georgian winemakers - mainly small ones – have to struggle with obstacles regarding tax regulations and logistic organization of import - as even if private import of small quantities of wine for personal consumption is allowed, the procedures are considered as expensive and bureaucratic. Moreover, the private import clause was largely idle until COVID, which brought oversupply - an overstock of wine & gourmand produce at producers, mostly due to limited on-spot demand from international tourists under COVID, stimulating interest in alternative sale channels.

It is why Development Policy Foundation warmly invite everyone interested for online seminar on 30th June at 4:30 PM (CET), that will be unique opportunity to meet online Georgian winemakers along with European experts and to jointly seek the answers whether the private import to the EU can be a feasible COVID impact mitigation strategy for Georgian small wine & gourmand food producers, and how to promote them and make it possibly straightforward and genuinely cost-effective to deliver them to EU tables.

Agenda of the webinar:

Link to the webinar:
Meeting ID: 835 2324 6091
Password: 617861

Activity is supported by International Visegrad Fund and implemented by the Development Policy Foundation in partnership with ekovinczech, Somlói Borok Boltja /Somló Wine Shop, Podlaskie Smaki, Malokarpatská vínna cesta, Kyjovské Slovácko v pohybu, Bridge - Innovation and Development ბრიჯ - ინოვაცია და განვითარება, MAS Podhoran, Felső-Homokhátság-Vidékfejlesztési-Egyesület #RuralSMEs #VisegradFund #DevelopmentPolicyFoundation
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation3 weeks ago
Our new International Visegrad Fund partnership project in Armenia is ready for take off!

Young Armenian framers are invited to submit their project ideas!

Meanwhile, webinars under #Visegrad #Armenia On-farm Climate Resilience Academy are to be MADE OPEN & PUBLIC: ALL are TRULY WELCOMED to join! Stay tuned for updates on when & how to plug in!

On-farm Climate Resilience Academy is supported by International Visegrad Fund and implemented by Združenie mladých farmárov na Slovensku - ASYF in partnership with Společnost mladých agrárníků České republiky, Development Policy Foundation, Magyar Permakultúra Egyesület (MAPER) barátai and Organic Armenia
#organicarmenia #earthcare #RuralSME #VisegradFund #armenianfood #agritech #agroecology4climate #agriculture4climate #agrobiodiversity
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation4 weeks ago
Beaming news: we are absolutely delighted to let you know that a solid consignment of much needed personal protective equipment #PPE from Poland Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych has reached Svirsky Dom Internat : our longtime partners under #PolskaPomoc! Tremendous thanks/Вялікі дзякуй to Caritas Belarus Ministerstwo Spraw Zagranicznych Ambasada RP w Mińsku and #PolskaPomoc! Bravo Казимир Русак
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation2 months ago
Helping out our friends from GOGU Winery under #COVID19 to get their beautiful mellow wines straight to our top-hole #winelover savory friends in Poland! Moldova small winemakers are witnessing 80% drop in sales due to #COVID disrupted supply chains, curbed demand by HORECA, global economic slump!

Tremendous thanks to all of you! Especially Ilie Gogu Igor Katsiura and Vlad from @producemolldova

If you want to support Moldova small wines producers indulging a glass or two of great whites/ roses/reds at a good price: let us know: we will help out on how to order it directly from the wineries there!
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation3 months ago
The world is fighting with #COVID19! Development Policy Foundation is supporting our friends from Legion of Marry - Lay Catholic Community Support and its branch in Manila, Philippines, which provides food boxes for the most needed. Our help is directed to a group of 100 people - street's kids and homeless included - receiving food and bare necessities!

If you want to support those in need in Philippines, contact Sherry Angela Beltran via Messenger!
Development Policy Foundation
Development Policy Foundation4 months ago
Our new project **CEI Foodie Dialogues. Short Food Supply Chains Boost for non-EU CEI** is in full swing.
Project is co financed by Central European Initiative - CEI

In the project, we provide knowledge about integrated development of culinary and gastronomic tourism for farmers and micro-entrepreneurs.

Our goal to share EU CEI best practices in:

- development of short food supply chains
- food safety
- on-farm processing in line with acquis
- HACCAP food safety management system
- smart packaging
- further sales and marketing

An unquestionable advantage from project activities is stimulation of local cross-sectoral - public & private - partnerships for local food and culinary tourism its promotion and mainstreaming in non-EU EaP CEI, and mutual learning between representatives from the EU and non-EU CEI Member States

The project is implemented in cooperation with: Komarovo Rural Business Incubator ( and Peipsi Center for Transboundary Peipsi Koostöö Keskus / Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation

and with the participation of: Pro Permet, Pastavy and Astraviec District Inspection of District Committee on Food and Agriculture, Kultyvatar, Women for Revival of the Naroch Territory, Agro-Eco-Culture, Společnost mladých agrárníků České republiky, Felső-Homokhátság Vidékfejlesztési Egyesület, Organismo Di Qualita' Produzioni Regolamentate Societa' Cooperativa. Casa Parinteasca, MAS Podhoran and Municipality of Nova Kakhovka, Department of Agriculture, Food and Tourism