It is no secret that Armenians have been making wine for over 6,000 years. This astonishing number is backed from meticulous excavations in Areni Cave by Armenian-American and Irish archaeologists back in 2007.
These findings gave a new catalyst for the Armenian wine producers to ameliorate their winemaking practices and educate the society on the noble tradition of wine drinking.
The huge interest towards Armenian wine has given birth to amazing festivals such as YereWine Days (usually celebrated in May) and Areni Wine Festival (celebrated in October).
Areni Wine Festival is the major wine festival of Armenia. It was first organized in 2009. The peculiarity of the festival is that it takes place immediately next to the famous Areni Cave, which is considered to be the very first cradle of wine. In fact, Areni Cave is the oldest winery cave ever discovered in the world.
Imagine, how much will you enjoy attending a wine festival near the world’s oldest winery. This is surely going to be a remarkable experience and a day to remember!
As it is Armenia’s greatest wine festival, it goes without saying that you will be drinking a lot of wine. Actually, you will have a sheer opportunity to try the most popular Armenian wines that are quite successful in the local and European market. You just cannot miss this chance to taste wines of the country that is factually the pioneer of winemaking.
The opening ceremony of Areni Wine Festival begins with a colourful and remarkable parade of winemakers, followed by different competitions, songs and dances.
If you are travelling to Armenia in May you definitely have to find some time to attend Yerevan Wine Days. This two-day festival, open-air party, wine lovers gathering or call it the way you like brings together thousands of people from different countries to taste Armenian wine.
At the event are represented almost all the wine producers of Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), so you will get a chance to try wines made of different types of grapes from different regions (from North to South, from East to West) in one place. You will feel the taste of the Armenian Sun in each glass.
Visit Armenia and let's have fun during Armenian wine festivals together!
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Gardman Tour, 21.02.2019