“Vayots Dzor and Areni in particular has been the cradle of Armenian winemaking for millennia. It is time we open up the doors of this region to the world and showcase the historic and indigenous Armenian grape varietals. At Hin Areni we strive to ensure that Areni grape is given the chance to show its beauty and that Armenian winemaking can duly pride itself with quality.
The Areni Cave. Unlike many other countries priding themselves with millennial history of winemaking Armenia in fact has incredible amount of proven evidence that winemaking here began 6,200 years ago. What began as a small project in 2007 turned out to be one of the most notable archeological discoveries in the field of historic winemaking and traditions of the Neolithic civilisations.
Not only artefacts, but also grape stems and seeds were found on the bottoms of the amphorae (karas), they have been tested and the results showed that the grapes seeds date back to 6,200 years! Thats something to be proud of.
The Winery At our winery we have combined historic traditions of winemaking with state-of-the-art modern equipment. A renowned winery design expert from Argentina – Mario Japaz, has designed our winery.
All our winery equipment is modern and originates either from Italy and France, we pick our our grapes by hand, then hand select them, after which they undergo gentle pressing in a pneumatic press. The storage is done with T control in SSA tanks. We age our wines in barrels made from oak grown on the lush slopes of Artskah.
The winery has the capacity to process over 250 tonnes of grapes.”