Historical winemaking region Vayots Dzor lies at the southeastern end of Armenia. The world’s oldest-known wine cellar, dating from 6,200 years ago, has been uncovered in the Areni Cave in this region. The excavation group radiocarbon-dated the cave to 4200 BC, providing evidence that wine has played a central role since the beginning of Armenian history.
With vast mountainous expanses, lush river valleys, breathtaking gorges, and mysterious caves, Vayots Dzor has a wide variety of exceptional natural beauty. The name literally means “Valley of Woes” because the area was devastated by several earthquakes during its history. The highest altitude vineyards of Armenia are located in Vayots Dzor region. This region provides us with the iconic Areni grape, used in our red wines.
Areni (Black Areni)
Black Areni is an Armenian indigenous grape variety that grows in Vayots Dzor region (southern Armenia). This old variety originates from the village of the same name (Areni) in the west of the Vayots Dzor, where the oldest-known wine-making facility (4200 BC) has been excavated.
Black Areni is extremely disease-resistant and is particularly well adapted to strong diurnal temperature variations. Areni grapes are grown at the altitudes up to 1650 m.s.l and on their own roots.
Wines made from this grape are remarkable for their intense ruby red color and elegance. Most notable aroma typical for Areni are black pepper, black tea, cherry.
According to grape geneticist and the co-author of “Wine Grapes” José Vouillamoz, Areni is one of the flagship wine grapes of the future.
Armenian ancient white grape variety. Voskehat, which translated from Armenian means “golden berry”, ripens in mid-September. According to some reports, it was cultivated since 3.5 thousand years ago. Voskehat is used for the production of still dry, as well as sparkling and dessert wines. Armenian grapes are distinguished with their pronounced aroma, and Voskehat is no exception.
Armeniana ncient white variety of grape. Voskehat, which translated from Armenian means “golden berry”, ripens in mid-September. According to some reports, it started to be cultivated about 3.5 thousand years ago. Used for the production of dry wines, as well assparkling and dessert ones. Armenian grapes are distinguished with their pronounced aroma and Voskehat is no exception: it seemed to have absorbed all of the sunrays.