A mountainous view of Armenia

The relatively small, landlocked, mountainous republic of Armenia lies at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Armenia is considered to be the birthplace of wine, with biblical references to the region being planted with vines. During early 2011, archaeologists in south-eastern Armenia discovered a cave containing one of the world's earliest known winemaking facilities, equipped with a wine press, fermentation vats, jars and cups dating back over 6,100 years. The country's high elevations and dry, continental climate are particularly suited to viticulture.

Unfortuately, Armenia's great winemaking traditions were decimated by the central planners of the Soviet Union, They deemed the country to be designated for brandy production as their neighbour, Georgia, was selected for wine production. Only since the dissolution of the Soviet Union has Armenian winemaking been revitalised.

Zorah Voski 2021