Whereas Armenian wine has been round for a millennia, it wasn’t till not too long ago that it began to garner the eye of wine connoisseurs across the globe. And for good cause.
House to the oldest recognized vineyard on the planet at Areni-1 Cave, a web site solely found within the final 15 years relationship again to 5000-4000 BC, Armenia can be house to over 100 indigenous grape varietals, together with the essential Areni Noir grape. The Areni Noir grape is believed to be one of many first grapes used to make wine, and is usually credited with serving to Armenia, together with the Republic of Georgia, change into the true birthplace of viticulture.
So why is it that Armenian wine is simply now beginning to flip heads? There’s a myriad of how to reply this, however the brief reply boils all the way down to the up-and-coming boutique wineries which can be pushing the boundaries of what wine means to a rustic like Armenia. By the eyes and hearts of those winemakers, new gentle is being proven on the indigenous grape varieties within the nation, and their significance to the historical past of winemaking.
A rustic well-known for its hospitality, oenophiles from world wide have – and nonetheless are – relocating to Armenia to do exactly that, make wine and proceed creating a brand new sector of hospitality within the area that began it hundreds of years in the past.
It’s these 5 boutique wineries which can be value listening to, not just for their distinctive and scrumptious single-origin and blended wines, however for his or her fermentation and ageing strategies and their potential to inform the historical past of winemaking in only one sip. Learn their tales beneath and listen to how their wines and manufacturing take a small piece of Armenia’s historic wine historical past and infuse it with a contemporary method. Then, do your self a favor and get to Armenia to pay every of them a go to and take a look at their wines in particular person.
Galar Vines started in 2019 when founders Gohar and Hagop discovered themselves in an accelerated winemaking program at EVN Wine Academy in Armenia’s capital metropolis, Yerevan. Fascinated by rising strategies and the tales of main trade consultants, the pair determined to determine a winery on their family-owned land within the Armavir area, bringing new life to the then-abandoned property. Too keen to attend for his or her winery to bear fruit, the co-founders start sourcing grapes from native viticulturists to not waste any time. Turning to Haghtanak grapes, a grape recognized for its robust traits, the workforce began utilizing these grapes as the bottom for his or her signature reds, and Voskehat grapes, an endemic however scarce grape, as the bottom for his or her signature whites. By experimenting and utilizing completely different strategies, Gohar and Hagop finally uncovered the Haghtanak grape’s undiscovered potential and at this time they’re recognized for his or her 100% Haghtanak wine.
To rearrange a tasting or be a part of the annual harvest, contact Galar Wines on their Fb web page.
Below the path of Dmitry Egorov, a cultural anthropologist turned journey supervisor from Moscow, Khme Wine is a small boutique vineyard in Nagorno-Karabakh, a area that’s been making the information for different causes. Disputes apart, alongside his accomplice, David Astsatryan, an expert winemaker from Stepanakert, Egorov’s wine is without doubt one of the most talked about, thrilling new wines within the nation proper now. Particularly relating to the event of skin-contact wines in Armenia.
Khme, which suggests drink up within the Artsakhtsi dialect, has folks from world wide doing simply that. Most of their harvest comes from non-irrigated vineyards, one thing uncommon for Armenia however fairly frequent in Karabakh, earlier than making it to karases (clay amphoras). Utilizing this conventional technique of winemaking, they’ve begun experimenting with native Armenian white grape varieties, resembling Voskehat, Khatun Kharji, Chillar, Banants, and Kangun, all from completely different areas in an previous meets new manner of winemaking.
Whereas the winery is in Nagorno-Karabakh, wine fans can style Khme Wines at one of many tastings they provide in Yerevan. To see their tasting schedule, observe them on their Fb web page.
Dzon Wine’s founder Gomidas Merjanian was born in Aleppo, Syria and traveled to Armenia for the primary time in 2007 earlier than finally calling the nation house in 2012. Upon transferring to Armenia, he labored as a bartender at In Vino, a preferred wine bar in Yerevan usually credited with reviving wine tradition within the nation. With a newfound love for wine, he entered into the EVN Wine Academy, later taking up a winemaker fellowship with Trinity Canyon Vineyards. Ultimately buying an previous winery in Aghavnadzor, which is most notably house to the Areni Noir grape, his innovation continues to develop inside the native wine scene. His love for previous wine from a single winery makes Dzon Wine a standout in Armenia’s burgeoning wine scene. The title Dzon means tribute in Armenian, and his wine is a tribute to Armenia’s previous, artwork, wars, creations, improvements, and it’s very promising future.
To rearrange a tasting or see the place you’ll be able to pattern a bottle in Yerevan, contact Dzon Wine on their Fb web page.
Krya Wines is a younger, boutique vineyard in Armenia that’s owned and operated by Tatevik Gabrielyan and Jean Paul Berger, an Armenian-German couple who met in 2012 whereas learning winemaking in Switzerland. After years of working for wineries in Germany, Russia, and Switzerland, they repatriated to Armenia in 2017 and have become the homeowners of an deserted winery in Vayots Dzor’s Vernashen village. Tatevik and Jean Paul solely work with grapes they develop on web site, they usually’ve reworked the Soviet-era winery into an amalgamation of European pruning strategies paired with undervalued, historic Armenian grape varietals. Their imaginative and prescient is to create a pathway between the traditional and the fashionable. Wine aficionados can style this journey in every bottle no matter whether or not they’re ingesting a Sev Areni 2019 or a Indigenous Mix White Dry 2021.
To rearrange a tasting or study extra, contact Krya Wines on their Fb web page.
Recruitment skilled turned winemaker Lobhana Ahale spent her childhood in India earlier than relocating to the UAE for work. When the pandemic hit and he or she was compelled to work remotely, she used this as a chance to dive into the world of Armenian wine and based Yog Wines. Ahale believes that each bottle has a persona, and it expresses the transformation of the vines annually, due to this fact giving every glass part of that delicate knowledge from nature’s non secular journey. The feminine-owned vineyard’s labels are a mirrored image of this because the symbols on them symbolize non secular transformation, whether or not it’s from the vine to the wine or as people expertise all through their lives. Yog Wines will not be trying to mass produce, however moderately discover and introduce the distinctiveness of Armenian varietals. Ahale’s winery and 40-year-old vines are within the Vayots Dzor area, and he or she is increasing to develop biodynamic indigenous purple Armenian grape varietals on a small plot of land within the Ararat area subsequent. One sip of her Areni 2021 is all it takes to style the persona of Ahale’s vines for your self.
To rearrange a tasting or an unique go to to the Yog Wines terroirs, contact them on their Fb web page.