While driving through the Ararat valley you can see a large number of vineyards. The culture of growing grapes is rooted in antiquity. The biblical legend says that after the worldwide flood, Noah descended from Mount Ararat and planted the first grapevine. That’s why many wild grapes grew on the territory of ancient Armenia. Over time, a person, having tasted the sweet fruits of grapes, began to transplant it to other places and gradually cultivate it.
Grapes are grown not only in the Ararat valley, but also in many other, even mountainous regions. Each region has its own grape types that are more suitable for a given height of the area. The grape seeds and grapevine of the Areni variety, found in the Areni cave, date back to the 5th millennium BC. This grape variety is still preserved and is grown in this region. There are a large number of varieties, both technical and table grapes. A variety of Armenian wines are produced from grapes, and they are also exported in large quantities to various countries. The peculiarity of Armenian grapes is that due to the hot climate, up to 30% sugar accumulates in its juice and is characterized by a high alcohol content.
Due to the fact that the winters are cold enough, you have to cover the vine, and in the spring to dig up and strengthen on the supports.
The most ancient wineries also appear on the territory of Armenia. Moreover, they produced wine on an industrial scale. This is evidenced by historians who wrote that wine from the territory of the Armenian Highlands was not only traded, exchanged for other items, but it was also listed as the second in the list of items with which tribute was paid.
Over the last period, the production of Armenian wines has become very active. Due to the access already to international exhibitions, our wines began to win an increasing number of prizes, they became recognizable, and as a rule, demand increased. All this led to the opening of new production lines, some of which produce wines in traditional ways, while others use modern, cutting-edge technology. It doesn’t matter if it is a large factory or a home winery, almost most of their product is exported abroad. With the increase in sales, naturally there is an increase in the area of vineyards, and with the development of tourism, the number of tasting centers increases. The guests of Armenia will be pleasantly surprised by how diverse and interesting the tasting centers are. However, they all have one thing in common – hospitality. Everyone will definitely be offered all the best. As for Armenian wines, there is such a variety that everyone will certainly be able to choose the one that suits his taste.