Revival of An Ancient Tradition

According to the Bible, Noah planted a vine at the foot of Mount Ararat after the Flood - this was the beginning of the tradition of winemaking in the territory of modern Armenia.

​Winemaking in Armenia

One of the cornerstones of Armenian culture and its people is viticulture and winemaking. According to the Bible, Noah planted a vine at the foot of Mount Ararat after the Flood - this was the beginning of winemaking tradition on the territory of modern Armenia.

Winemaking in Armenia arose in ancient times and has several millennia. Scientific discoveries of recent years indicate that wine was produced in Armenia in the XI-X centuries BC. Strabo and Herodotus also wrote about the winemaking in Armenia. During archaeological excavations (2007-2010) in the cave Areni-1 a 6100 year-old winery was discovered. It is the oldest winery ever discovered in the world. They also found the remnants of devices for the production and storage of wine; grape skins and seeds indicate that the oldest industrial wine production complex was located here.

Armenians sacredly preserves their traditions, winemaking is no exception. According to the World Organization of Wine and Winemaking (OIV), in 2007 Armenian winemakers produced 43 thousand hԼ of wine. Over the past 10 years, winemaking in Armenia has received a new impetus and is at the peak of its popularity. The evidence are numerous wineries and wine bars, regular wine festivals, and the result is - increased interest on an international scale. In early November 2019, articles on the topic have been published in reputable publications such as Forbes and Buro24 / 7.

The flourishing of the industry is a result of several factors: large investments from the representatives of the Armenian diaspora, the use of modern technologies, the use of local endemic grape varieties and powerful terroirs of Armenia. Being one of the highest mountainous wine-growing countries, a lot of wild vineyards and a large number of local unique grape varieties grow here. Grapes grow in five regions of viticulture in the country, and, according to the Armenian Vine and Wine Fund, there are more than 400 local grape varieties in the country. Out of this, more than 30 are used to make wine. For white wines 2 varieties, Voskehat and Kangun are used. For the Red ones, the most popular is Areni type.

In 2018, 25 new wineries were founded in Armenia. If you are a wine lover, then you should definitely visit the wineries of Armenia, which differ in original concepts and follow the trends of modern winemaking.

The Armenian winery Zorah Wines was included in the list of 100 best wineries in 2019 by the prestigious Wine & Spirits Magazine.
The list of 100 best wineries is determined by Wine and Spirits magazine as a result of blind wine tasting.