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There are many legends about the origin of the wine, and practically every region, which is engaged in wine making, has its own beautiful story. In Armenia, the chronicle of winemaking is as old as winemaking in the country. According to Greek history, top-quality wines were exported from Armenia as early as two thousand years ago. We suggest you try all the variety of Armenian wines, traveling around the country on a wine tour program.
Wine, days, 1000 km (620 miles)
Yerevan (wine tour)
Arrival in Yerevan. Transfer to hotel. Lunch in the restaurant.
City tour: Republic square, «Victory» park , «Mother Armenia» monument by Ara Harutyunyan, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Cascade, Monument of A.Tamanyan, Opera House.
Supper in the restaurant. Degustation of three types of Armenian wine, «Proshyan wine company» collection, 1998.
Visiting Ararat Brandy Factory, the storehouse, the museum of history and brandy tasting.
1. «Ararat 3*». Aged 3 years. Ha s afresh young taste, releasing pleasant hazelnut aromas in the mouth. Fine to drink during the dinner or supper time.
2. «Akhtamar». Aged 10 years. More than 12 sorts of brandy spirits are used in the coupage of this brandy. It has an incongruent aroma. The palette of flavors includes nuances of chocolate and orange. Exquisite digestive.
3. «Nairi». Aged 20 years. Blending of 18-20 different brandy spirits. The diversity of its flavoring nuances is unique: taste of walnuts, cedar notes, as well as the flavor of prunes and ripe pear.
National cuisine, Armenian classical music.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 80 km (50 miles)
Yerevan - Sevan - «Ijevan» Company -Goshavanq - Yerevan
The route will lead to Lake Sevan - «blue pearl of Armenia», situated at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Visiting the Monastery of Sevanavank (11c) which is located on Sevan peninsula. Fish lunch.
A trip to Ijevan Wine Factory in Ijevan town.
There are many legends about the origin of wine, and practically every region, which is winemaking, has a beautiful story. According to the most realistic stories in the Bible, Noah came down from the top of Mount Ararat in Armenia, and planted the first grape vine. By this time he created Viticulture. In Armenia, the chronicles of wine as old as strane.Soglasno Viticulture in Ancient Greek history, even two thousand years ago, Armenia exported wine of superior quality.
One of the leading enterprises of winemaking in Armenia is a «Ijevan Wine Factory». Located in north-eastern part of Armenia, his organic vineyards have blagopryatnye the climatic conditions to grow the European grape varieties such as Rkatsiteli, Aligote, Cabernet, Pina, etc. From these grapes vysokokachestvennoe produced raw materials for the manufacture of sparkling wines and unique.
Ijevan Wine Factory exports its wines to the Baltic, Ukraine, United States, Canada and Russia. On international tests, Ijevan wines were awarded gold and silver medals and diplomas.
The collection «Old Ijevan» is presented by grape and fruit natural wines, as well as dessert liqueurs.
Degustation of wines of 1998-2008:
1. Wine of the Blackberry. Density 16%, 2008 y.
It belongs to a class poludeserting wines. Made of sweet blackberries, which grow in the area of Tavush. It has a specific taste inherent blackberries, as well as fruit color. We recommend that you use at room temperature with dessert.
2. Wine of the quince. Density 16%, 2004 y.
It belongs to a class poludeserting wines. Made of quince, which is grown in oblosti Ararat. He has dedicated taste quince. We recommend that you use at room temperature with dessert.
3. White Ijevan. Density 11%, 2008 y.
It belongs to a class dry wines. Made from grapes Rkatsilli, Lavari and Banants, which grow in the area of Tavush. This wine has sourish flavor that is light and delicate taste. We recommend that you use below room temperature with the fish.
4. Armenian Saperavi. Density 16%, 2006 y.
It belongs to a class of sweet wines. Made from the grape varieties Saperavi, which grow in Tavush. It has a unique flavor and color. We recommend that you use at room temperature.
5. Ijevan muskat. Density 16%, 2009 y.
It belongs to a class of sweet wines. Made from Muscat vinogranogo class, which is grown in the Ararat oblosti. It has a unique taste and aroma of nutmeg selected. We recommend that you use at room temperature with dessert.
6. Vazashen. Density 11%, 2008 y.
It belongs to a class known wines. Made from the grape varieties Saperavi, which grow in Tavush. He has selected bright color, light and gentle taste. We recommend that you use below room temperature.
7. Kagor. Density 16%, 2003 y.
It belongs to a class of sweet wines. Made from the grape varieties Kehet and Haghtanak, which are grown in the area of Ararat. It has a fruity tone.
Back to Yerevan. Leisure time. (Upon wish you can have supper in the restaurant «Getup» in Dilijan or just in Yerevan).
The next route will lead to Goshavank, which was founded by famous Armenian cleric and law codifier Mkhitar Gosh in the XII-XIII centuries. The monastery played a prominent role in Armenia’s religious, cultural and educational life through the Middle Ages. Here stands the famous work of sculpture of Varpet (Master) Poghos, a masterpiece of carved stone cross, known in Armenia as «khachkar».
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 300 km (180 miles)
Yerevan - Khor Virap - «Areni» factory - Noravank - Bird cave - Yerevan
A trip to Ararat valley home of Khor Virap («Deep Dungeon») Monastery, from which Grigor Lusavorich rose from imprisonment to become the first patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The monastery is very near the Turkish border and offers Armenia’s most splendid view of Mount Ararat, from which, according to the Holy Bible, Noah’s ark landed following the «Great Flood».
The tour continues to Vayots Dzor marz, along the picturesque gorge of the Gnishik River and comes to Areni village which is famous for its vineyards. Excursion in «Areni» wine factory.
Learning about the wine making technology.
Fourshet with khavurma – old Armenian dish made of veal in butter with spices. Served up in small pieces as an appetizer.
Wine tastng, 1998, 1999, 2000 year's harvest.
1. Wine «Areni». The red, dry, natural wine having a dark red colour, pleasant astringency and fragrance of fresh grapes. «Areni» - sort of grape. Density – 10-12%.
2. Wine «Old Areni». Semidry, red wine, 1994.
3. Wine «Lernashen». The red, semidry wine with violet-garnet tint. The mix of different sorts. Density – 1.5-2.5%.
4. Fruit wine «pomegranate». Natural-red, semidry pomegranate wine with a touch of astringency. Density – 10-12%.
5. Fruit-wine «Cherry». Natural-red, semisweet fruit-wine with an astringency and aroma of the fresh cherry. Density – 10-12%.
A trip to the monastery of Noravank («New Monastery») (XII- XVcc.) the religious center of principality of the Orbelyan dynasty, home to prominent Armenian figures of the medieval culture.
Visiting the bird cave. Excavations in the cave have uncovered large clay pots and jugs (some more than 50 liters in capacity) that have been dated, through examination of organic matter remaining in them, to around 3500-3900 BC., the remains of the dried and crushed grapes, preserved in part due to the cave’s microclimate. More interest is the fact that the settlement is said to be the world’s earliest large-scale wine making facility ever found.
Visiting wine cellars of 3rd-2nd Millennium BC.
Back to Yerevan. Supper in «Maran» restaurant in suburbs of the city. Degustation in a special room specialized on Armenian regions Goris and Karabakh wine.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 260 km (160 miles)
Yerevan – Garni -Geghard-Yerevan- Vernissage- Wine House
A trip to Geghardavank. A stop at Charents arch – the best point to view Mt. Ararat.
Geghard (Monastery of the Lance, XII-XIIIcc). The name of Geghard is connected with the biblical lance which is preserved here. As it is mentioned in the Bible, by this lance a roman warrior pierced the body of the crucifixed Christ. What is believed to be the tip of that lance is preserved in the museum of the Cathedral of Saint Echmiadzin.
Cultural program: Spiritual choir.
Visiting Garni castle (III c BC-XIIIc. AD) – the summer residence of Armenian kings, seeing the pagan temple of Sun built by Armenian king Trdat Arshakuni (Arshakid) in 77.
Visit to Vernissage crafts and flea market.
In Wine House you will try several types of armeninan wines.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 260 km (160 miles)
Yerevan- Ejmiatsin – Zvartnots- Armenia Wine-Zvartnots airport
Depart for the region of Armavir. Visit the Mother Cathedral of St. Echmiatsin, one of the first Christian churches in the world founded in 301-303 A.D. It is the Holy See of the Armenian Catholicos (Supreme Patriarch) and the center of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Afterwards proceed to visit St. Hripsime and St. Gayane churches built in the VII c.
Continue to explore the temple of Zvartnots («Celestial Angels») one of the wonders of the 7th century architecture of its time. This majestic temple was built in 652 and its ruins remain as reminder of a masterpiece of medieval Armenian architecture.
In Armenia Wine you will try several types of armeninan wines.
Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport. Departure.
Travel Distance: 120 km (75 miles)
Tour price includes:
- Entrance to museums and historical-cultural centres
- Tour service
- Meals per itinerary
- Accommodation in a chosen hotel
- Daily transportation and hotel transfers
- Professional guide
- Transfer airport-hotel-airport
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