Cradle of winemaking: wine tour in Armenia
If you are a wine expert and looking for new feelings and experiences, then this opportunity to get acquainted with the rich history of winemaking of Armenia will be a real event for you. Here in Armenia real carnival of unusual flavors, aromas, colors and incredible stories are waiting for you. The main focus of the tour is on the combination of the typical dishes of the region and the wines, made from local grapes. Armenia undoubtedly is one of the oldest cradles of winemaking. This is evidenced by 6000 years old cave-winery in Areni region, found recently by the archeologists. On every stage of historical development of Armenia, the culture of winemaking was displayed in all areas of applied art. Sculptural reliefs and miniatures depicting the vines and bunches of grapes can be found on the walls of many medieval churches and on the covers and pages of ancient manuscripts. During the Soviet era wine was pushed aside, yielding its place to the production of brandy. Many traditions were consigned to oblivion. But happily winemaking in Armenia has been recovered, and now we have a big variety of high quality local wines.
During this tour we are going to visit the main wine-growing regions of Armenia: Vayots Dzor Province, Yerevan city, Armavir Province and a the Northern region – Tavush Province. Every province has its own unique wines and interesting traditions of winemaking and cultivation of grapes. In all our routes apart from wine tasting, we also will try local food, visit numerous cultural and historical sites, and just enjoy the incredible nature of Armenia.
Airport - Yerevan tourArrival in Yerevan. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. After a short rest,we’ll take a tour to Yerevan and visit the National History Museum of Armenia. Lunch at “Salon Du Vin” restaurant. Visiting of Yerevan Brandy-Wine Factory “Noy”, where after the tour, we will taste “Noy” wines and brandies. Afterwards we will take a walking tour in Yerevan, and visit Cafesjian Center for the Arts at Cascade complex – both indoor and outdoor expositions. Saryan Park. Dinner at Armenian cuisine restaurant with Armenian dances, where we will also taste red wine with Armenian national dish “khashlama”. Walking tour to Republic Square, where we will watch “Singing Fountains” show.
Wine tour in Yerevan and its environsNot so far from Yerevan, in an underground tasting room of “Maran” wine-factory we are going to taste seven types of wines of the company. Four types of grape-wine: white dry “Bagratini”, red dry “Noravank”, red semisweet “Areni Eghegnadzor”, semi-sweet dessert, red or rose wine “Avagini”. The company also produces fruit wines, from which we will taste its pomegranate semi-sweet “Parajanov” and apricot semi-sweet “Tsiran Marani”. Then we will visit Zvartnots temple, which not only considered as one of the masterpieces of Early Medieval Armenian architecture, but also included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Lunch at apricot garden of “Van” restaurant in Echmiadzin. We will also taste Armenian traditional barbeque – “khorovats”. Visiting of treasury-museum of Holy Echmiadzin, where numerous valuable items related to the history of the Armenian Apostolic Church are exposed, including sacred relics. Visiting the Wine-Brandy factory “Map” near Lenugi village. In gardens of the company with total area of 140 hectares different berries and fruits are grown and numerous alcoholic beverages are produced. Tour in the company's vast cellar and wine tasting. Return to Yerevan. *Free evening.
Yerevan – Wine tour to Vayots Dzor ProvinceDeparture from the hotel with luggage and journey to the Southern wine-making region of Armenia – Vayots Dzor Province. First stop at Khor Virap monastery, which offers an incredible view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Here we will remind the Noah's legend, according to which Noah, after completing the mission of saving all the livings, planted grapes and made wine. Next stop is near Bird (Trchuneri) cave, where archaeologists recently had found the oldest shoe in the world and 6000 years old winery. Despite the continuing archeological excavations, we will have a chance to personally see, what’s going on inside this mysterious cave. Visiting of Monastery complex Noravank of XIII-XIV century, surrounded with mystical red cliffs. Right here, in winemaking region Areni the famous red wine Areni is produced – from local grapes of the same name. Be sure, that we won’t miss a chance to taste it at one of the local wineries or at the house of local winemaker. Dinner at “Lchak” restaurant. Visiting the legendary “Zorah Karas” winery in Rind village. By the way, Zorah Karasi Areni Noir wine was included in top-10 of the best wines according to the prestigious magazine Bloomberg Businessweek. Bloomberg allocated this wine from other 4000 wines for its unique aroma and delicate flavor. Dinner and night-stand at family winery and guest house “Old Bridge”.
Journey to the Northern wine-making regionsEarly in the morning we will drive out from Areni. On our way we will make a stop at Selim (Vardenyats) Caravanserai, which served as an important trading point on the Silk Road for a quite long time. Visiting Noratus – the biggest khachkar cemetery on the territory of modern Armenia. Lunch at seaside restaurant “Tsovatsots”, where we will taste a dish of Sevan sig (whitefish) and famous crayfish kebab, combining it with local beer. Sevan lake tour, which is the biggest lake of Caucasus. On the North-East of Sevan we will also visit monastery complex Sevanavank. Rest and dinner at beautiful guesthouse “Tsakhkunk”, where the chef will give a master class in cooking lamb in tandoor (for 10+ groups). Journey to Dilijan and accommodation at beautiful guest house “Toon Armeni”.
Wine tour in Tavush Province - YerevanEarly in the morning we will drive out to Ijevan from Dilijan. Our main aim for today is Wine-Brandy factory of Ijevan. During our visit we will have a tour through the territory of the factory. An experienced guide will introduce us to the history of the factory and show us the entire process of production and the types of produced beverages. We will visit the territory of the winery, wine cellar, cellar of vintage wines, premises, where brandy is aging. After visiting production facilities, we will taste wines and brandies. The tasting will feature six types of wines (dry white, dry red, red semi-dry, semi-sweet fruit and sweet grape). Also we will have a chance to taste 2 types of vintage wines, and 20 years aging brandy. Dinner at Alaverdi. Visiting one of the most important medieval spiritual and educational centers – Monastery Complex Haghpat. The complex is included in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. Return to Yerevan.
Yerevan - Garni - Geghard - YerevanIn 301 Armenia renounced paganism and became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as official religion. Spiritual values and liturgical rites had been changed, but wine continued to keep its important role both in daily life and in ceremonies. This journey, which includes visiting Garni pagan temple and cave-monastery Geghard is very symbolic from this perspective. During our lunch at the house of local villager we will also take part in preparing Armenian bread lavash, vegetables and meat in tandoor, combining it with tasting an incredible wine and local apricot vodka. Return to Yerevan. Free evening in the city.
Yerevan – Wine tour to Armavir Province – YerevanVisiting of a repository of ancient manuscripts, research institute and museum Matenadaran. Then we will be heading to one of the popular sites in Yerevan – Ararat Brandy Factory.Here, after touring in the factory museum, which is, in fact, can be considered as museum of the history of Armenian brandy, we will taste three types of brandies – of 3, 5 and 10 years of aging. Afterwards we will visit famous open-air market Vernissage, where we can find handmade souvenirs and many interesting things, and then we will visit Armenian fruits, sweets and dried fruits market. Dinner at Yerevan restaurant “Ayntab” with Western Armenian cuisine. After the dinner we will be heading to “ArmAs” Wine Factory near Nor Edesia village. The study visit will take place in the vast vineyards of “ArmAs”. Then we will take a walk through the whole wine-brandy factory, where we will learn the secrets of making wine both with the latest technologies, and in the ancient traditions of fermentation in barrels. At the end of our visit we will take part in master-class of wine tasting in Tasting hall or on an open balcony with an incredible view of the Biblical Mount Ararat. Return to Yerevan.
Individual tour by request
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Group tours with guaranteed departures
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|12-18 May||AMD 315000|
|22-28 September||AMD 315000|
|17-23 November||AMD 315000|
- Prices refer to one person -
according to specified number of pax.
The tour price includes:
- Airport-hotel-airport individual transfers.
- Accommodation in 3-star hotel, with breakfast.
- All the transfers on a comfortable vehicle.
- 7 lunches and 3 dinner at the best restaurants with Armenian cuisine or at village guestrooms.
- Welcome Dinner with a cultural program and wine tasting.
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees.
- All the tastings of wine and brandy.
- Drinking spring water in a vehicle.
- Tour program, tour-map of Armenia
- Around-the-clock phone support;
The tour price does not include:
- Airline tickets;
- Persons under 18 will not be able to participate in this tour.
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