Vines Unknown: Exploring Armenia


Join us as we explore the renaissance of wine production in Armenia.

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Vines Unknown: Exploring Armenia
Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm EST
Special Guest: Ara Sarkissian of Storica Wines

Armenia is currently living a renaissance in winemaking. After focusing on brandy production during the Soviet years, there has been a vibrant resurgence in winemaking over the past 20 years.

Historians agree that the domestication of the grapevine occurred originally in this region of the world, and Armenia, along with neighboring Georgia, is home to a rich culture of grape-growing and winemaking. In Armenia’s Vayots Dzor region, archeologists unearthed what is the world’s oldest winemaking facility: the 6,100-year-old winery known as the Areni-1 Cave. DNA analysis has shown that the grapes that were used to make wine in this cave are related to the very grape varieties being grown in Armenia today.

Today, around 40 native grape varieties are commercially cultivated in Armenia by approximately 65 wineries. Grape varieties such as Voskehat, Chilar, Kangun, Areni, and Sireni thrive in Armenia’s high elevation vineyards, creating wines that are starting to gain the attention of wine drinkers across the world.

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