Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Erebuni Archeological museum: the settlement constructed in 782 BC by one of the greatest kings of Urartu. Drive to the Sasunik Village in Aragatsotn Province. The wine produced in Aragatsotn is mainly from the vineyards located to the south of the Aragats and Arteni mountains. Visit to “Armenia Wine” winery: introduction to Armenian wine, excursion inside the factory-brandy production units, aging cellars, souvenir shop and wine tasting in a specialized tasting room (grapes: Kangun, Areni).
Next stop is “Voskevaz winery” which is one of the oldest wineries in the region since 1932. Today the winery produces wine using both modern winemaking technology and traditional old karases. This includes – wine cellars tour, museum, brief introduction to the winery’s history, winemaking technologies and particularities and wine tasting (grapes: Voskehat, Haghtanak, Kakhet). Drive to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.
Optional: Drive to the last stop “Armas winery”. Excursion in vineyards and orchards. The guide will provide a narrative of the history of wine and brandy in Armenia. A walk through the winery and distillery will introduce you to current production methods, as well as provide insight into the age-old tradition of barrel aging. Wine tasting grapes: Kangun, Karmrahyut.
Drive to the southern part of Armenia, Areni village which is famous for its rich vineyards. Here is the place where the world’s oldest wine cellar (6100 years old) was found by archaeologists, inside the Areni Cave (Vayots Dzor Region). Located at 1000 meters above sea level, the village of Areni is believed to be a place where one of the oldest grape varieties has been cultivated since ancient times. This is the earliest, most reliable evidence of wine production. The archaeologists have unearthed a wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage vessels, drinking cups, and withered grape vines, skins, and seeds. Visit to Areni wine factory to taste local wine and familiarize with the technology of wine making: (Menu: raspberry, apple, apricot peach, pomegranate, cherry wines etc.) and Areni Cave. Afterwards, drive to Noravank Monastery which is built in an inaccessible location among stunning nature. On the main highway to Yerevan individual wine-makers offer their homemade wine, possible to have a stop and enjoy the homemade wine. Drive back to Yerevan. Overnight in Yerevan.