Armenia boasts a wine history that dates back over six thousand years.
The world’s oldest winemaking facility, the Areni 1 cave dated 4000BC hints at organized winemaking with ceremonial association, while the archaeological site of Karmir Blur, dated 3000BC, with over 480 large karasses (amphorae), stamped with year of production, speaks of sophisticated winemaking on a large scale.
Even Greek scholars Herodotus, Xenophon and Strabo, described the river trade on the Tigris by Armenian merchants exporting their wines downstream to the Assyrians and beyond. The first nation to accept Christianity in 301AD wine became a fundamental part of Armenia’s religious culture. Wine culture continued uninterrupted through medieval times up to Soviet era when Moscow designated Armenia as a brandy making country essentially uprooting Armenia’s millennial wine culture.