Cradle of winemaking: wine tour in Armenia

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If you are a wine connoisseur and currently looking for new impressions and experience, then acquaintance with the rich history of Armenian wine-making will become a highlight for you. Here a real carnival of unusual tastes, aromas, colors and unbelievable stories is awaiting you. The main emphasis of this tour is on the combination of local dishes and wines made from indigenous grape sorts. Armenia is undoubtedly one of the ancient cradles of wine-making.  This is supported by the cave winery of 6000 years old found not long ago in the region of Areni. In all the stages of the historical development of Armenia the wine-making culture was reflected in virtually all directions of applied arts. Sculptural reliefs and miniature cravings with the depiction of grave wines and bunches of grapes can be found on the walls of numerous medieval churches and on the covers of ancient manuscripts. In the course of time wine-making was pushed from main priority seizing its place to cognac production, and numerous traditions were forgotten.  But to our big content, wine-making has prospered these recent years and already today there are magnificent high qualiti wines in Armenia.  

Within the scope of this tour we intend to visit the main wine-making regions of Armenia – the Vayots Dzor region, Yerevan, Armavir region and the more northern region of Tavush. Every region has its special wines and interesting traditions of wine-making and grape vine culture. Besides wine degustation, we will also taste the corresponding local dishes, visit numerous cultural and historical places and simply enjoy the magnificent nature of Armenia.


Tour programm

Day 1

Airport – Yerevan City tour

Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. After the check-in we will go to the restaurant Tospia for a dinner, followed by a city tour in Yerevan. The city tour program includes visit to the Victory Park, statue to the hero of the national epic poem Sasuntsi David (David from Sasun), Cathedral to Gregory the Illuminator, and one of the most favorite places for the Yerevan dwellers and visitors – architectural complex Cascade, where we will visit the Cafesjian center for the modern art, which is located both outside and inside this unique complex. A promenade around the Republic Square . Visit to the National historical museum of Armenia. A short rest in the hotel and departure for the dinner in the restaurant Tavern Yerevan with folk music and dances, accompanied by serving homemade red wine together with the dish Garni yarakh. We will take a walk to the republic Square, where we can admire the show «Singing fountains».
Day 2

Wine tour in Yerevan and its surroundings

After the breakfast in the hotel we will leave for the «Tampel of Celestial Angels» Zvartnots, which is not only considered a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture, but is also included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Then we will visit the museum-treasury Saint Echmiatsin where numerous sacred relics referring to the history of Armenian Apostolic Church are at the display. Dinner in the apricot garden of restaurant «Van» in the town of Echmiatsin. Here we will taste traditional Armenian khorovats (barbecue). Then we will continue our way through the Aragatsotn region to one of the biggest and most successful wine factories- Armenia Wine. Here, after a tour in the plant, we will taste several sorts from the best wines of the producer in a specially equipped degustation hall. Almost every village here has its winery and every one of them has its distinguishing characteristics. Return to Yerevan, where a short rest will be followed by leaving for supper and wine tasting in one of the most fashionable wine restaurants in Yerevan - «Wine Republic» in Cascade.
Day 3

Yerevan – Wine tour in the Vayots Dzor region

Check-out from the hotel and trip to the South winemaking region of Armenia- Vayots Dzor region. The first stop is the monastery of Khor Virap, from where a fascinating view of the biblical Mountain Ararat is in front of you. Here we will recall the legend of Noy, who planted a grape vine and made wine first thing after completing his mission of saving every living creature. The next stop is near the «Bird's cave», where the oldest shoe on the Earth and a 6000-year old winery have been found by archeologists recently. And though the diggings still go on, we will manage to see ourselves what is happening inside the mystic cave. A visit to the monastery complex Noravank, built in the XIII-XIV centuries and hid in the surroundings of mystic red rocks. It is right here, in the wine-making region of Areni, where in many home wineries and wine plants they produce the famous red wine Areni from the indigenous sort of wine of the same name. We will have a tour and wine tasting in the factory Old Areni and will have our dinner in a house of a local wine-maker David, where together with all the tasty dishes, we will also be offered the wine of his production. Night stay and supper in the village Hermon in a comfortable hotel Lucy-tour.
Day 4

Traveling along Lake Sevan and resort town of Dilijan

We will depart from Hermon after the breakfast. A planned stop on the way in a place called Selim (Vardenyats) Caravanserai, which served as a major trading point in the Big Silk Road throughout a long period of time. A visit to Naratus– the largest khachkar (cross stone) valley in the territory of modern Armenia. A dinner in the coastal restaurant «Tsovatsots», where we will taste dishes made with the local sig fish and local special- crayfish kebab served with white wine from grape sort Voskehat. A tour along Lake Sevan- the largest lake of the Caucasus. We will visit monastery Sevanavank on the North-East of the lake. A dinner and rest in the «Kasanova» guest house in the “greenest” resort of Armenia – famous Dilijan, where we have the freshest mountain air.
Day 5

A wine tour in the Northern wine-making regions

Departure from Dilijan to Ijevan early in the morning. The main destination point for today is the Ijevan wine-cognac factory. During the visit we will have a walk in the territory of the plant. An experienced tour guide will get us acquainted with the peculiarities of wine making traditions in the Tavush region, famous for its moderate microclimate. The guide will present the story of the factory and tell about the whole wine making process and the sorts of production step by step. We will walk in the territory of winery, wine vaults, cellars with collection wines, as well as cells, where the cognac ageing takes place. After the tours in the production plants wine and cognac degustation will be organized, where six sorts of wine – white dry, red dry, red semisweet, fruit semisweet and grape sweet- will be presented to our attention, as well as two sorts of old collection wines, with a special a twenty-year-old cognac. A dinner in the Haghpat village – in the Kefilian guest house. A visit to one of the important medieval religious-educational centers in Armenia – the Monastery of Haghpat. The complex is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. Another visit to the Odzun monastery dating back to the IV century. Returning to Yerevan. Free evening.
Day 6

Cognac day and a tour to Garni-Geghard

A breakfast in the hotel and departure for the tour. A visit to the scientific research institute of old manuscripts and museum Matenadaran. Then we will go to one of the most popular places in Yerevan – Ararat cognac factory, where, after the excursions in the museum of the factory, which is actually the museum of the history of Armenian cognac, we will taste two types of cognac of three and ten years. Departure for the tours in Garni and Geghard. A stop near the monument called Charents' Arch, where in a good weather one can admire the magnificent Mount Ararat. During our dinner in a house of a local village dweller we will try lavash made in tandoor (special stove), vegetables and meat – all accompanied by incredible village wine and apricot vodka. Armenia ended Hellenism in 301 and became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as state religion on an official level. The religious values and worship rituals were changed, but wine still kept on having its important place in everyday life, as well as in ceremonies. This tour, including a visit to the Hellenic temple of Garni and cave monastery of Geghard is very symbolic in this respect. Return to Yerevan. A free evening in Yerevan.
Day 7

Before you depart - Airport

You will have an opportunity to shop for Armenian delicacies and souvenirs before you leave for home. With this aim we will go the famous open-air market Vernisazh to hunt for souvenirs, which will be followed by a visit of the GUM Market for dried fruits and sweets. A dinner in an exquisite Eastern-Armenian restaurant Lebanon. After the dinner we will go to the wine plant «Voskevaz» in the village with the same name located in a thirty-minute drive from Yerevan, where a wine degustation will follow. This producer has emerged in the Wine card of Armenia quite recently but has already managed to become one of the most popular thanks to its unique wines. We will have a change to tour around the beautiful marans (vaults) of Voskevaz, and then we will taste some sorts of wines together with meat and cheese assortment plates and under the guidance of the local sommelier. This will become our beautiful closure of the wine tour in Armenia. Based on the time of your departure flight we will go either directly to the airport or back to the city.

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Currency :
- The price of the tour package is indicated for 1 person in a double room.
- Supplement for single accommodation - 120$.

 

The tour price includes:
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport;
  • Accommodation: 4 nights at the Nare Hotel in Yerevan, 1 night in Hermone, Lucy Hotel, 1 night in Dilijan, hotel Casanova Inn, all include breakfast and internet;
  • Transport service of the tour on comfortable transport;
  • 6 lunches and 3 dinners in the best restaurants with Armenian cuisine, in guest houses and country houses with national color;
  • Welcome dinner, including a folklore program;
  • Service of the English-speaking guide (7 excursions and 2 transfers);
  • Entrance tickets, master classes;
  • All the tastings of wine, cognac and fruit vodka described in the program;
  • Unlimited spring water in the transport;
  • Round-the-clock support of tourists by phone;
  • Taxes.

 

The tour does not include:
  • Air tickets;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Medical insurance.

 

Notes:
  • Persons who are under the age of 18 will not be able to take part in this tour.
  • If you want, you can choose any other hotel in Armenia;
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Author : Igor Shaderkin, 08 August 2016, 05:44
For hospitality!
Many thanks! We are in rapture!!! What we received overcame all our expectations. Special thanks to Gor and David for their professionalism, hospitality and attention. Zero criticism: we arrived home all right, managed to deliver all the 22 bottles of wine and cognac safe and sound. We already felt we wanted to return (maybe with a larger company) at the time of departure. Thank you for patience and trust when planning the tour. See you again! Regards, Igor.

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