What would you think if we told you that recent research indicates that the oldest and original home of wine could be Armenia?
In 2011 Armenian archeologist Boris Gasparyan made an extraordinary discovery in the remote mountain region of Vayots Dzor in southern Armenia. In a grotto hidden in the canyon known as ‘Birds Cave’, Dzor and his team discovered the oldest known winery in the world, containing vinification tools dating back to over 6100 years ago.
The cave, called Areni-1, is a place still veiled in mystery. It is presumed it was also a place of worship and shelter as the archeological site of the Areni-1 cave comprises several rooms dedicated to sacred rituals, which included vinification and the preservation of wine.
The Grand Hotel Yerevan’s team of sommeliers and chefs will be delighted to organise a unique, unforgettable experience featuring flavours, scents and colours with Armenian cuisine and wine. You can also book special tours of the best-known wineries and vine-growing regions to explore the new Armenia, the sacred land of wine.