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Armenian Wine Types

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Armenian Wine Types

None of us can doubt the high quality and taste of the wines of our friend and neighbour Georgia. However, this does not negate the fact that we – Armenians – have succeeded in the craft of winemaking. Despite the fact that the wine business began to actively develop in Armenia relatively recently, and given the presence of a wine leader in the region, Armenian wine brands are quite recognizable.

In Armenia, wine-making began 6000 years ago, however, during the Soviet era, it was decided that Georgia would be the main exporter of wine, and Armenia would export brandy. In the same way, if Georgia starts exporting brandy, it would be as difficult for the country as in the case of wine in Armenia.

Wine tourism is at the development stage, and Armenian wine is already recognized outside the region. This is what motivated the locals to periodically organize wine festivals and events in Yerevan and other cities of Armenia. This is an excellent opportunity for tourists to get acquainted with the wine-making culture of Armenia.

Wine Festival in Armenia 2019

That is why every year a wine festival is organized in Yerevan. During these days, the main streets of the city are transformed into a banquet court, where locals and guests gather. Here, literally, everyone can try the best Armenian-made wines. The festival is dedicated to wine, but the holiday does not end at one wine: different types of cheeses, meats, kebabs and dried fruits are served with wine during the festival. This day is the best opportunity for tourists to join the atmosphere of the city and feel its spirit to the full. Wine Festival in Armenia in 2019 will be held from May 3 to 4 on Saryan Street.

Many tourists have a desire not only to try Armenian wines but also to see the wine production process with their own eyes.

Of course, you can’t but taste wine in local wineries. Since Armenian wines are presented abroad, many have the interest to come and look at the wine-making process. Today it is easier than ever because local tour operators offer Wine tours to Armenia.

Let’s get acquainted with the ten best wines of Armenia, which you can try, as well as take home with you.

Armenian Wine Types

1. Armenian Quince Wine

A radiant white sweet wine with the aroma of ripe quince, which is perfect for meat dishes, poultry, as well as dessert and fruit.

Armenian-Quince-Wine

2. Armenian plum wine

Red plum wine has an intense but balanced taste of ripe plums with subtle nuances of plum stones. This wine perfectly suits with a cheese platter, meat dishes, as well as desserts with some sourness.

Armenian-plum-wine

3. Armenian semi-sweet pomegranate wine

Semi-sweet pomegranate wine charms true connoisseurs with its sweet and tart pomegranate taste. Exquisite subtlety of wine – a long nut and cherry aftertaste, where notes of tobacco are noticed. The wine is perfectly combined with fried juicy meat and cold snacks. Perfect for cheese dishes and snacks.

Armenian-semi-sweet-pomegranate-wine

4. Armenian blackberry wine

The favourite is also Armenian wine from blackberry. A sweet wine with a sweet and sour tart taste and rich red colour, hints of wild berries is perfect for grilled food, meat with spicy or citrus sauces.

Armenian blackberry wine

5. Armenian Cherry Wine

Another queen of Armenian wines is a semi-sweet cherry wine. Its thick red colour, giving a purple, rich in notes of vanilla and cinnamon. The wine has a lingering aftertaste with waves of almond flavours. This wine is usually served with hard cheeses, fruit and sweet desserts.

Armenian Cherry Wine6. Raspberry wine

In the list of the tasty Armenian wines make sure to try pink wine. One of the bright representatives of the Armenian wine – raspberry wine. For making this wine all the well ripen berries are chosen. It is a delightful velvety wine bottle with sweet red berries, perfect for a romantic meeting and it is also a great addition to chocolate desserts.

armenian rasberry wine

7. Dry Armenian wine “Areni” with some notes of wood

One of the most famous Armenian wine, which I like, is also a granite – dried wine “Areni”. Wine is made from single-wheat grape vinegar. The uniqueness of the wine is that it is kept at least for three years, and necessarily in the stocks made out of oak. As a result, the wine has a smooth taste.

Dry Armenian wine Areni
8. Red Armenian wine “Getashen”

If you plan to sit at the Caucasian or Asian table, then the famous Armenian dessert wine “Getashen”, which resembles Cahors is suitable for you. Velvety taste, combined with notes of fruit and mountain herbs give the wine tartness in the aftertaste and perfectly complement the Caucasian and Asian bright dishes.

Red Armenian wine Getashen
9. Armenian semi-sweet wine “Muscat”

Semi-sweet wine “Muscat” is considered to be one of the best wines of Armenian production. Light golden wine has a refreshing taste, which has citrus notes and expressive aroma of Muscat. This wine is an excellent aperitif, but can also be served with fruit, fruit desserts and vegetable snacks.

 Armenian semi-sweet wine “Muscat”
10. Armenian Fruit wine

Armenian white fruit wine “Echmiadzin” has an exquisite taste. This semi-sweet drink is made from Voskehat grapes. In the taste of the famous wine bright aromas of light fruit and berries. The unique highlight of the wine is a bitter aftertaste after the main semi-sweet wave. Wine perfectly complements the dishes of redfish, poultry, will be organically combined with cheese snacks and fruit platter.

Аrmenian Fruit wine

 

 

Where to eat in Yerevan in 2019? Cozy cafes and restaurants

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Almost all the tourists and guests who visited Armenia immediately note: the main thing that they liked and sunk into the soul in Armenia is people and local food. And this is not a surprise since the Armenians radiate genuine benevolence, a desire to help and create a comfortable environment for all their guests. Their main desire is to make the guest feel at home. And what will Armenian home look like without homemade delicious and national food prepared with love?

We invite you to inform about the best restaurants and cafes in Yerevan in 2019, where you will experience both the unforgettable taste of dishes and the inimitable Armenian colours.

Tsirani Garden Restaurant 

Traditional Armenian family restaurant in the shade of apricot trees

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© Tsirani Garden-Restaurant

This amazing place is considered to be one of the most comfortable and pleasant places in Armenia, where you can eat deliciously in the arms of nature. The restaurant is located in the apricot garden, that is why it is called Tsirani, which means apricot in Armenian. A piece of paradise that is available to everyone who wants to try Armenian cuisine in an indescribable atmosphere. The restaurant also has a playground for children. The restaurant menu can be found here. Tourists are advised to visit this restaurant with family or a large group of friends. Despite the fact that the restaurant is located outside the city, it is not difficult to reach it by car or by taxi in 20 minutes.

Address: Kotayk, Arinj Community, Marshal Babajanyan Quarter, 3/1 Building


Tsirani Home-Restaurant

Restaurant in the style of the Armenian noble house

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© Tsirani Home-Restaurant

Another unique and interesting restaurant for tourists is Tsirani Home-Restaurant. If the previous restaurant combined Armenian cuisine with Armenian nature, here you can enjoy national dishes in an atmosphere that reminds you of an Armenian home.

Address: Northern Avenue, 5th house, Yerevan


Abovyan 12 / Cafe Restaurant

Cafe-restaurant in a cozy garden

уютный кафе в Ереване
© Abovyan 12

Cafe Restaurant is one of the most colourful places in Yerevan. The cafe-restaurant is located in the charming garden of the old house, where lovely music nights are organized under the vines with the participation of talented and famous musicians. While waiting for your order, you will have the opportunity not only to walk through the magnificent garden but also to visit the Dalan Art Gallery. And right at the entrance to the cafe, there is a small souvenir shop where you can buy a gift for yourself or for your relatives in memory of Armenia.

Address: Abovyan 1, Yerevan


Sherep

Restaurant with an open kitchen near the central square

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© Sherep

The restaurant was the first to demonstrate its large open kitchen, thanks to which visitors and customers can follow the cooking process of the ordered dish, becoming closer to the culinary art. From the main dishes, we recommend choosing ghapama or lamb. If you wish, you can also follow the process of baking lavash in the mold.

Address: 1 Amiryan, Yerevan


Lavash

Your saviour in the early morning. Breakfast in the streets of Yerevan

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© Lavash

If you do not know where to have breakfast in Yerevan, so that the menu has something other than standard sandwiches and scrambled eggs, then you should visit the Lavash restaurant. Here you can eat your breakfast in Armenian way. Served brtuch (Armenian wraps), for example – honey with walnuts in lavash bread, very tasty with black coffee), balls of cottage cheese with slices of dried fruits. Standard scrambled eggs can be replaced with the omelette with basturma. The restaurant is open from 8:30 am, which is extremely convenient for both tourists and busy local people who just need a quick snack early in the morning.

Address: Tumanyan 21, Yerevan


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New Year Traditions in Armenia

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In many countries, the New Year holidays begin on the evening of December 31 and continue until the late evening of the next day – January 1. There are some New Year customs that are common in many countries, for example, traditional New Year dishes, special organized parties, fireworks, etc.

On the other hand, each country has its own unique and beautiful traditions of celebrating the New Year. If you want to know some interesting facts about how Armenians celebrate their New Year, then this article is for you. Here you will find basic information about the Armenian New Year.

Armenian New Year traditions

New Year is the most favorite event in Armenia. Since this holiday marks the beginning of a new year, people have high hopes and expectations that the New Year will be a good start to a new page in their lives.

We can say that the most important part of the New Year celebration in Armenia is a festive table.

Armenian New Year should be rich and luxurious, regardless of the income of the family. Many families who have a small income start saving money a few months earlier to be ready for the New Year shopping.

Preparation begins about a week before December 31.

Guest-host tradition in Armenia

One of the most typical Armenian traditions is the tradition of receiving guests. Usually, in other countries, people celebrate New Year one or two days and then return to normal everyday life. In Armenia, the celebration of the New Year begins on the night of December 31, and the celebration lasts a whole week. When the clock hits 12, family members congratulate each other, drink brandy, wine or champagne, and then the guest-host chain begins.

People visit each other’s houses throughout the week. There is even a special chronological order. The visit begins with the most honorable people. For example, it is the first time to visit the home of one’s parents, brothers and sisters, then godparents and godchildren, after — uncles and aunts, friends, etc. This is probably one of the most unique New Year traditions.

No one forgets about gifts! The most honorable gift, of course, will be a bottle of brandy or pomegranate wine. And, of course, children are too happy to find their long-wished gifts under the Christmas tree in the morning of January 1st.

You must remember that it is necessary to visit as many relatives and friends as possible so as not to offend anyone. Yes! Exactly! People can be offended if they consider you a close person of their family, and you do not visit their house.

Armenian New Year Table

Of course, a country that has a special tradition of receiving guests cannot do without traditional dishes for the New Year table. There are some mandatory dishes and delicacies that are symbolic for Armenian families.

Guests cannot leave the table hungry, because, as a rule, they should try everything that housewives offer, otherwise they will be deeply offended. Mistresses are pleased to hear that their dish was the most delicious among all that they have ever tried.

As we have already mentioned, there are many dishes that almost all housewives prepare for the Armenian New Year holiday.

Get acquainted with the most typical dishes that find a place on the New Year tables of Armenian families in the next article!