ARMENIA 6200 years of wine history
Armenia is an old country located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia outstanding with its rich history and culture. The world’s oldest wine cellar dating back 6200 years was found by archaeologists in south of Armenia, inside the Areni Cave (Vayots Dzor Region). The research group dated the cave to 4200 BC, providing evidence that wine was central from the beginning of Armenia’s evolution. This winemaking site is, unsurprisingly, the earliest proof of winemaking ever found. The vintners used their feet to press the wine in the clay basin, the juice of which would then drain into the vat, where it would remain to ferment until being stored in jars.
Today Armenian wines are undergoing a revival period. We are inviting you to discover with us one of the oldest wine civilizations in the world.
At our winery we balance traditions with modern technologies in constant pursuit of improvement.
“Armenia Wine” is a family owned company, created by the passion towards the homeland, its culture and nature. Started with vineyards plantation in 2006, the winery was created in 2008. Nowadays, the company is the icon of modern winemaking of Armenia with its award winning wines and a “state of the art” winery.
AWC is also the local market leader for quality wine segment as well as the leader in Armenian wine exports.
Being enhanced with state of art equipment we have the complete set of resources to ensure quality winemaking throughout the entire production process of still and sparkling wines: grapes selection lines – pneumatic pressing in inert gas atmosphere – temperature controlled tanks for fermentation – wine storage and ageing cellars – automated bottling lines.
THE UNDISCOVERED TERROIR
Geographical and climate conditions in Armenia are exceptional for vine growing. The complex interaction of natural conditions within the small territory of the country induced and affected the formation of quite a peculiar range of soil types, from the volcanic and semi-desert zone to the mountain meadow soils of alpine type. The climate is dry and continental due to mountains in most of regions. Armenian grape varieties were formed during thousands years of folk selection and later their spectrum was enriched by hybridization.
There the vines grow at altitudes between 850 and 1500 m a.s.l. and on their own roots, which results in surprising authenticity of our wines. Volcanic soils, harsh climate and high altitude create an interesting union of the terroir’s elements.
DISCOVER ARMENIA IN OUR WINES
From the beginning the goal was to create wines which open the window to main wine regions of Armenia, still undiscovered.
Today the portfolio of the company is represented by wines allowing to discover Armenia with its indigenous grapes and terroir diversity.
We are maintaining this diversity by working in three main winemaking regions – Armavir, Aragatsotn and Vayots Dzor. Our vineyards are located in Armavir region, which provide us with main white Kangun vareity used in still white and sparkling wines, as well as with French grape varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used as blends with Armenian grapes.
In Vayots Dzor region, which is known for the world oldest winery (6200 y.o.), are located the highest altitude vineyards of Armenia (up to 1500 m a.s.l.). This region provide us with the iconic Areni grape, used in our red wines.
Our assortment includes classical red, white, rose, sparkling as well as dessert wines like Muscat and wines made from Pomegranate.
Even though Armenia has been producing wines for more than 6000 years, it took Armenia Wine Company to raise Armenian wine level at international quality level. Armenia is a gifted country with 1000m average altitude that produces natural high sugar concentration, aromatic and colorful grapes. Thanks to our French consultant, our “on-site” French winemaker expertise and the state of the art European technology, Armenia Wine is the first company to accomplish the perfect alchemy from Armenian high quality grapes to international standard wines.