Ghvino Forum - Conference: Wine, Society, and Geopolitics: How History, Political Economy, and Wine Intersect in the Caucasus and Beyond
Please join us for a unique, multi-panel event exploring the history, geopolitics, and political economy of wine production in the South Caucasus region.
As a primary driver of Georgia’s burgeoning tourism industry (representing 18% of Georgia’s GDP in 2017) wine has been crucial to the internal development of Georgia’s trade, finance, and legal infrastructure. Panels will explore the following themes: how wine production has evolved historically in Georgia and the Caucasus and transformed Georgia’s economy, offering lessons for the region as a whole; the geopolitical consequences of a new wave of trade liberalization and foreign investment for the Caucasus; and the dynamics of local and global economies of wine, their politics and prospects.
The wine tasting following the conference will feature a collection of some of the top best wines of Georgian wine producers, emphasizing a unique position that Georgia deserves in the global wine business.
This Ghvino Forum is the first in a series of events to be held in the United States. The event was produced to further advance the understanding of the origin of wine, the historical geopolitical and economic influence of wine for Georgia and in the region, and the current role of the Georgian wine sector on the worldwide stage.