Areni village, the birthplace of winemaking, is a top choice for a countryside journey, especially if you’re a wine enthusiast. Walk around the vineyards, participate in the harvesting and make wine with your own hands. Then, stay at a local guesthouse, and combine a tasty meal with a glass of homemade wine while listening to the stories of the locals. You can also check out the 13th-century St. Astvatsatsin church on the village's territory. If you visit Areni in October, you can experience the Areni Wine Festival – another reason to eat local delicacies, sip some wine, and take in folk music and dances.
Areni is easy to reach. Located in the Vayots Dzor region, it is only a 1.5-hour drive from Yerevan. Nearby Areni-1 cave and the Noravank Monastery will complete your trip.