People who appreciate good wines and are interested in the history of ancient architecture, will definitely fall in love with the tiny Armenian Areni village. The “Areni Wine” festival has been arranged here every autumn since 2009; over 100 types of finest Armenian wines are presented at the festival and visitors can taste and purchase young and old wines manufactured at the Areni winery.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Areni by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Areni the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Areni depends on the weather conditions.
The Areni Winery was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the Simonyan family. The founders of the production have a destination to preserve and continue the ancient wine-making traditions of this region. The family factory has grown into a large-scale production in a short time, offering a wide selection of quality wines.
The old village is considered to be the “cradle” of Armenian winemaking. It is here that one of the oldest grape varieties is grown, used in the production of wines and bears the same name - "Areni". Legends about this place were also confirmed by archaeological finds: in one of the caves of Areni ("Birds' cave") an ancient wine press was discovered, the age of which was estimated at about 6000 years. Numerous jugs, dishes and utensils, used in ancient times for winemaking, were found here.
The production of quality wine begins long before grape appear in the winery. Everything begins at the grape growing stage. Vineyard care has its own characteristics and is carried out stage by stage depending on the time of year. Harvesting in Areni begins around mid-September and lasts almost until mid-November.
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