During this daily wine tour we will travel to Vayots Dzor, the wine region of Armenia, On the way we will enjoy the beauty of the biblical mountain Ararat. During the day we will enjoy fresh air, panoramic views and village hospitality. We will visit Noravank Monastery, 6000 years old winery in Areni 1 cave, will be hosted in a villager's house for lunch and home-made wine in Areni village, will travel to Areni grape vineyards in Aghavnadzor village and will have a wine tour and degustation in Old Areni winery. After the tour we will return to Yerevan.
We will meet early in the morning in Yerevan and will drive to the South to Vayots Dzor region, the Armenian center of winemaking. The way will pass along the biblical mountain Ararat. Driving through the grand canyon we will reach Noravank Monastery, built during the XIII – XIV centuries and situated on a ledge of a deep winding gorge of a tributary of the Arpa River. Enjoying the amazing architecture of the Monastery and Khachkars (Cross Stones), we will be introduced to the interesting stories about famous architect Momik and Orbleyan Dynasty. Leaving the monastery we will visit the famous Areni Cave (Birds Cave), where the oldest leather shoe (5500 years old) and the oldest winery (6000 years old) in the world have been found by an international group of local and foreign archeologists. After the excursion in the cave we will take our way to Areni village and will visit a villager's house, where we will have our lunch and will explore Armenian village life typical to Vayots Dzor region culture and traditions. After the lunch we will drive to Aghavnadzor village to see Areni grape vineyards, to walk around there, and to learn more about the history of winemaking. After this we will visit Old Areni winery, where we will have wine tasting and excursion. After the tour in the factory we will drive back to Yerevan.
Transportation by Toyota Land Cruiser or similar vehicles, guiding and visits to mentioned sites. Price is per vehicle that can carry from 1 to 4 passengers.
Meal that can be ordered additionally with a cost of up to 12 $ per person.
Winery tour and tasting fee $ 2.5 per person
Areni cave entrance fee $ 2.5 per person