Armenia is an ancient land one of the world’s oldest civilizations and since ancient days Armenia was famous for th wine making.
Talking about the history of wine-making it should be said that Forefather Noah was the first winemaker according to the Biblical legend. The grape was planted in the slope of Mount Ararat.
Armenians are noted as one of the first nations making wine and in accordance with scientifically proved data it has 6000 year history.
In 401 BC, when the Greek armies were passes on the Armenia, called that time Nairi, in houses they found wine, kept in deep dugouts called as “karas”.
In June of 2010 National Geographic Society announced that near the village of Areni, in the same cave where was found the world’s oldest shoe dating back 5,500 years group of Armenian, U.S. and Irish archaeologists found the world oldest winery.
“For the first time, we have a complete archaeological picture of wine production dating back 6,100 years,” said Gregory Areshian, co-director of the excavation and assistant director of the University of California Los Angeles’s Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
They found a rudimentary wine press and a clay vat surrounded by grape seeds, grape vines and even a cup and drinking bowl. The seeds belonged to a domesticated grape variety, known as Vitis vinifera vinifera, that is still used to make red wine today, the team reported. Also they suppose thet wine was likely used for ceremonial purposes since the press and wine jugs were found near grave sites,
It should be mentioned that from ancient times till now Armenian wine makers keep the traditions of wine making. Today in Armenia there are about 40 companies which produce more than 100 types of wine.