Armenian wines have been produced for thousands of years and have a rich and vibrant history. Evidence of winemaking has been found dating back to 4500 BC, making it one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world! Throughout their long history, Armenian wines have undergone many changes; from the introduction of new grape varieties during Persian rule to various innovations in winemaking techniques.
Today, Armenian wines are renowned for their high quality and unique flavor profile. The country produces a variety of white and red wines, as well as an array of fortified dessert wines like Areni Noir and Garan Demak. Grape cultivation is concentrated mainly in the Ararat valley, where the microclimate provides the perfect environment for growing some truly distinctive varietals.
Perhaps one of Armenia’s most iconic wine styles is Areni Noir – a dry red made primarily with grapes from Vayots Dzor province. This variety has become increasingly popular around the world due to its rich flavor profile and deep ruby color.