90% Fake Wine??

I’m not even sure what to make of THIS.

The United Nations’ "Food and Agriculture Organization" has issued a statement saying that 90% of Georgian wine sold outside that country is Fake.

That’s just astounding. If it’s not wine, what is it?

"Fake Georgian wines ranged from alcoholic cocktails mixing spirits,
colourings and flavours to wines bearing false appellations of origin."


The Georgia wine industry has had it tough this last year, owing mainly to the Russian Government’s banning of all wine imports from Georgia.

However, being a curious fellow, I’d love to taste some of this fake "wine" just to see what they believed they could get away with. One wonders just how good the blenders and chemists are in Georgia.

4 Responses

  1. Anton Vowl - July 21, 2006

    Hey! Are you sure it’s Georgians counterfeiting the product? I have no factual basis to prove it, but I’d be more inclined to believe it’s Russian producers counterfeiting Georgian wines (just as Louis Vuitton knockoffs are seldom made in France)…

  2. wine ed - July 24, 2006

    Most of this stuff taste like Welch’s with a little isopropal added for depth. There has been a recent distributor set up in the Richmond, VA area with a lots of Georgian “Wine”… Georgian’s are willing to sell this as Georgian wine…As to the “knock-offs”????

  3. Ven - December 20, 2006

    It’s kind of pointless for the Russians to counterfeit Georgian wine, since they can’t have it in the country anyway. Georgian wine industry has gone to hell after the civil war in the early 1990s. It’s not surprising that the quality of their wine is not even close to where it used to be. Politics aside, I think the Russians are just trying to save their stomachs and livers. They have enough problems with counterfeit vodka.

  4. Max - February 24, 2007

    Why would UN say lie LOL? Since UN is widely spread and respected organisation, I doubt they do checkings in Russia. Or cruel russians sent their faked wine to Georgia specially to make UN think georgians are bad winemakers LOL?
    It is easy. Check Google.
    Even official statistics says that Georgia sells 65 millions of bottles per year. They just don’t have so much grape. There is unofficial one….

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