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Wine Trip To Areni Tour

Wine Trip To Areni Tour Packages
Country: Armenia
City: Vayots Dzor
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Wine Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Wine Trip to Areni

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Areni Village

Drive to Vayots Dzor Region to visit Areni wine factory. On the way visiting Khor Virap Monastery. Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia, as it is directly connected with the adoption of Christianity. Drive to Areni winery. Visit Areni wine factory to taste local wine made from special sorts of vines. Get acquainted with the Armenian way of winemaking. Tasting delicious Armenian wine famous for its unforgettable taste. Opportunity to have lunch in a local cave cafe which you'll taste homemade dishes.

Day 3: Departure

Transfer to the airport.

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Know More About Areni:

Areni is a village and the center of the Areni Municipality of the Vayots Dzor Province in Armenia. Areni is best known for its wine production, with the majority of wine produced locally from the nearby village of Getap.

The Astvatsatsin Church of Areni in the village is a single-nave two-aisled domed Armenian church completed in the year 1321 and is located atop a plateau overlooking the Arpa River and Areni. The church was designed by the architect and sculptor Momik who is best known for his high-relief carvings at the monastery of Noravank (located approximately 6 kilometers southeast from Areni).

Nearby are also the 13th-century ruins of lord Tarsaitch Orbelian of Syunik's palace, moved from Yeghegis to Areni during that time. Ruins of a 13th-century bridge built by Bishop Sarkis in 1265-1287 are one kilometer northeast of the church. At the same location are the remains of an older bridge.

The Areni-1 winery is a 6100-year-old winery that was discovered in 2007 in the Areni-1 cave complex in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia by a team of Armenian and Irish archaeologists. The excavations were carried out by Boris Gasparyan of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and Ron Pinhasi from University College Cork (Ireland), and were sponsored by the Gfoeller Foundation (USA) and University College Cork.

The winery consists of fermentation vats, a wine press, storage jars, pottery sherds, and is believed to be at least a thousand years older than the winery unearthed in the West Bank in 1963, which is the second oldest currently known.

"Hin Areni" winery is located in Areni village, Vayots Dzor region. Vayots Dzor Region and Areni village, in particular, has been the cradle of Armenian winemaking for millennia. A 6,100-year-old winery was discovered in 2007 in the village of Areni.

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