Premium Wine Tour In Armenia

9 days / 8 nights

Top Best Wineries & Local Experiences
An Unforgettable Trip to Warm Your Soul…

The slopes of the Caucasus Mountains and the Armenian Plateau are the world’s oldest winemaking sites. The Armenian village of Areni is home to the remains of the planet’s oldest winery that operated 6,100 years ago. Even though vine cultivation in this part of the world didn’t become a formidable and technologically advanced industry like it did in Europe, the region has preserved its indigenous grape varieties and unique methods of winemaking that have been passed down from one generation to the next for thousands of years.
Today, the Caucasus is experiencing a genuine winemaking renaissance: as traditional methods are reimagined with modern technologies, new wineries and enotecas are spreading like wildfire, rare indigenous varieties of grapes are being cultivated, and traditional methods are once again in use alongside modern ones; Caucasian wines can even be found among elite wine lists. All of this makes the Caucasus one of the planet’s most riveting wine regions, and we invite you to explore it with us.

Wine people
Meetings with people, especially the winemakers, form an important part of all our wine tours. Their backgrounds may differ, but they all share a deep passion for wine. We believe that such encounters create memories for life. 

Not just wine
Our wine tours are not limited to wine tastings, gourmet feasts and visits to local wineries. We also visit the most important historical attractions in Armenia in breathtaking natural settings, enjoy short nature walks, spontaneous encounters with local people, sample the authentic cuisine of the region and even learn cooking some of the favorite dishes of the Armenian people.
After many years of traveling within the region and after thousands of emptied wine glasses, we’ve created a tour that should satisfy both the experienced wine connoisseur and aspiring oenophile, as well as anyone else who wants to spend more than a week in Armenia, regularly tasting the best local wines.
We will visit Armenian winemakers and wineries of four regions: Ararat, Aragatsotn, Vayots Dzor, Armavir.
During the trip we will visit historic locations associated with the planet’s oldest winemaking culture, and will be constantly meeting winemakers, historians and other specialists who will help us understand the nuances of local wines. This is also a gastronomic tour as it includes homemade feasts, picnics at picturesque locations and dinners in restaurants headed by outstanding chefs.

Tour Highlights - Premium Wine Tour in Armenia

  • See the world’s oldest winemaking sites – the Caucasus Mountains and the Armenian Plateau
  • Visit the oldest winery in the world which is 6100 years old excavated in Areni-1 Cave Complex and taste some of the most refined wines in the world in Areni village, the oldest wine making site in the world
  • Taste wine only at best local wineries in Armenia which have gold and silver medals from International Expos such as Mundus Vini, Decanter, etc.
  • See Yerevan, a dynamic modern European city yet known as one of the oldest cities in the world founded in 782 B.C. There are hundreds of local cafes, wine-houses and restaurants spread all over the sidewalks that will give you a chance to taste the local cuisine, beer, wine and famous Armenian cognac, known as the best in the world
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Armenia – medieval monasteries in dramatic mountain landscapes with breathtaking sceneries
  • See the oldest Christian Church in the world – Echmiadzin Cathedral built in 301A.D. as soon as Armenia became the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion
  • See the biblical Mount Ararat (5165m) from Armenia, where the Noah’s Ark rested and according to Bible Noah planted here the first grapes and made wine
  • Culinary adventures in Armenia; Experience the uncommon Armenian hospitality at its best meeting the friendly locals; cook with them and sample delicious and authentic local cuisine, one of the oldest in the world
  • Tour of “Ararat” Brandy Factory to taste the best brandy in the world
Private Tour Price (4* hotels)
Number of travelers Price Per person SGL Supplement
2 persons
$3350 USD
$600 USD

*Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
*This tour can be customized as a private tour upon your request and according to your interest
*For more information please contact me by mari_ghazarian@yahoo.com  or WhatsApp +374 93-46-95-75

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodation at 4* hotel in DBL/Twin rooms (8 nights)

  • Transportation with comfortable car with AC

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide with more than 8 years of experience

  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel

  • Half-board meal plan: 7 Lunches at the best restaurants, wineries or local houses

  • 1 dinner at the hotel in Jermuk

  • Entrance fees to all visited places mentioned in the itinerary

  • Armenian bread Lavash making in a local house in Garni village

  • 2 cooking master classes at local houses

  • Wine tasting at the best wineries in Armenia (12 wineries)

  • Premium Brandy tasting at NOY Ararat Brandy Factory

  • Premium Brandy tasting at Ararat Brandy factory

  • Airport transfers

  • Local taxes

Not included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals on the arrival and departure days
  • Dinners in Yerevan
  • Single room supplement
  • Minibar at the hotel
  • Bank transfer fees
Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Armenia! Private transfer (from Zvartnots Airport) to take you to your hotel in Yerevan in the heart of downtown Yerevan.

As Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda wrote about his trip to the city in 1957, “I think Yerevan is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen; built of volcanic tuff, it has the harmony of a pink rose.”
Today you explore the secrets and hidden gems of Yerevan, the pink “pearl” of Armenia, a beautiful European city mostly built with different shades of local pink stone called “tuf” quarried in Armenia. Founded in 782 B.C. Yerevan is reputedly one of the oldest cities in the world to have been continuously inhabited.
We start the exploration with the “Victory Park” and “Mother Armenia” monument offering a “bird’s-eye” view of the city with the fantastic view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Ararat (5165m) dominating the skyline. Continue to the colossal monument of Cascade and Cafesjian Center for the Arts which includes a world-class sculpture garden and indoor modern art museum with works from Botero, Chihuly, Arshile Gortky, Jennifer Bartlett, Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanegan and Jaume Plensa and many others.  Exploring the Republic Square, Abovyan Street, one of the oldest streets in Yerevan which used to be a part of the Great Silk Road, we walk down the Northern Avenue and arrive at the Freedom Square, the home of the Opera and Ballet Theatre (architect A. Tamanian). The design and layout of the building was awarded with Grand Prix in 1936 World Exhibition in Paris.
Tour of  “Goom” bazaar of Yerevan, a real museum of food with pyramids of fresh and dried fruits stuffed with different kinds of nuts, honey, cinnamon and other spices, colorful strings of “sweet sujukh”, orange beads of dried peaches(“alani”) stuffed with walnuts, piles of “lavash” traditional Armenian bread, many kinds of cheeses some of them aged in clay pots, pickles, beans and other organic products offered by local farmers.
Lunch in a traditional Armenian restaurant where we sample a big variety of the dishes of the Armenian cuisine.
Thereafter we visit “Noy” Wine-Vodka-Brandy factory. Built in 1877 and made famous by the entrepreneur Nikolay Shustov prior to the Russian October Revolution, the factory not only produces premium cognac, but also has an unrivaled wine cellar, complete with wines that are ca. 100years old. Our degustation will include their best cognac and one kind of the oldest wines from 1944.
Travel back in time as we learn about the ancient and medieval Armenian winemaking techniques in Gevorkian Winery. Using the book of a medieval monk they started making wine in “kakhani” (“hanging”) method producing noble wines from dried grapes. The winery is also famous for their ice wine. And another highlight of their production is the pure pomegranate wine which used to be produced in ancient Armenia equally as the grape wine. 
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 8-9 hours

This morning we embark on our journey to the lands of ancient treasures of Christian history…Vatican City of Armenia, Holy Echmiadzin with its world’s earliest Christian churches included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit Echmiadzin Mother Cathedral  originally built by Saint Gregory the Illuminator in 301-303A.D., when Armenia became the first officially Christian state in the world. Continue to St. Hripsime Church built in 7th century, a masterpiece of early medieval Armenian architecture.
Also visit the Ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral, a majestic cathedral dedicated to St. Gregory. The remnants of Zvartnots, even in ruins, are a majestic sight…
Cooking class and lunch in a small Armenian village with our absolutely charming host!
Premium wine tasting in one of the best wineries in Armenia. Alluria, a family-owned winery with all natural wine production. Their wines are produced from Armenian grape varieties with
wild indigenous yeasts, spontaneous fermentation.
Later we drive to Voskevaz Winery, a property with a long history founded in 1932. In the territory of the winery there is a real medieval town with its city hall, tavern and even a bazaar. The whole place reminds of a movie decoration for a fairy-tale or a legend. The frescoes, the bas-relieves, the painting of the complex are the works of a famous American Armenian painter Gagik Oganesyan whose brother David is the owner of the winery. The use of old amphorae is the most unique concept of the project. There are over 30 amphorae the oldest of them dating back to 1899. After touring the place we’ll taste 2 kinds of classic wines and 3 kinds of aged wines.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 8-9 hours

Visit Saghmosavak (“Psalm Monastery”) perched on the edge of Kasakh Canyon.
*Lunch in a charming 19th century village house now listed as a Heritage House, where our hostess will treat us with authentic and tasty food prepared by old Armenian recipes and we will make “dolma”, a hot dish prepared with grape leaves stuffed with meat, rice, herbs and spices…).
Next we visit a small family-owned winery “VANARDI WINERY” surrounded by vineyards under the gaze of the snow-capped twin peaks of the majestic Mount Ararat (5165m). Meet the winemaker who moved to Armenia from California dreaming of his own vineyards in the motherland. All 6 kinds of wine produced here are characterized by a very high level of professional work and an unbelievable beauty of style. In each sample one feels the spirit and the smile of its author… Their Sirah Reserve has to be the most elegant Armenian wine ever made.
Afterwards we tour Armenia Wine, the largest winery in Trans-Caucasus. The winery building reminds of a medieval Armenian fortress the facade of which is coated with polished orange tufa stone and national Armenian ornamental art. It’s considered among the most modern equipped winemaking facilities in the former USSR territory. French and Italian specialists work here to produce a super-premium wine. Premium wine tasting.
We tour the impressive Wine History Museum of Armenia. The development of viticulture and 8000-year-old winemaking traditions in the Armenian Highlands is presented in the museum not only by interpreting facts, but also by interactive and innovative solutions.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 7-8 hours

After breakfast drive to Khor Virap Monastery, a 4th century castle-like fairy-tale monastery, the most iconic site in Armenia and one of the most important Christian sites in the world. Its location, near the closest point to biblical Mount Ararat within Armenian borders, offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountain, the national symbol of Armenia.
We drive through the agricultural heartland of Armenia, Ararat Plain offering an amazing panorama of endlessly stretching apricot orchards and vineyards guarded by the remote majesty of the mysterious twin peaks of Mount Ararat.
Our next stop is Areni village, where world’s oldest wine making facility has been found (6100years old) in an incredibly well-preserved condition due to the wonderful microclimate of the Cave Areni-1,the site it was found!
Family-hosted lunch in Areni village at a local winemaker’s place “Stepanyan Wine”, a lovely artisan winery with warm atmosphere where you can enjoy the Armenian hospitability at its best and taste their delicious wine (white, rosé, red, red reserve). Hayk (the owner) won 4 times in a row the best home-made wine at Areni Wine festival.
Later we visit Noravank, the jewel of the crown among all the medieval sites in South Caucasus. The monastery is nestled among giant red rocks and mountains, just above a deep gorge.
We will also have another wine tasting in one of top best wineries in Armenia “Trinity Wines” led by three wine enthusiasts since 2009, including one who has literally written the book on the history of Armenian wine. Their focus has been on producing as organic wine as possible, with minimal yield and without the use of modern mass production practices – quality over quantity. They also continue to experiment with both endemic and foreign grape varieties. Drive to Jermuk Spa town.
Overnight in Jermuk
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Tour duration: 8-9 hours

After breakfast explore the town of Jermuk, famous for its hot spring mineral water.
Premium wine tasting in Old Bridge Winery producing excellent red wine from the local grape variety Areni. Founded back in 1998 by Armen Khalatyan, Old Bridge was one of the first boutique wineries in Armenia producing premium quality wines which have won several golden and silver medals at well-known international wine contests.
Visit Momik Wines, which has been with Nver Ghazaryan’s family for more than 40 years. It specializes in growing the endemic Areni grapes that the region is known for which, in turn, produces some exceptionally high-quality Armenian wine.
On the way back to Yerevan, we will visit an amazing wine cellar “Tushpa”, a traditional Armenian winery, both family-owned and managed. The winery is located in the heart of the Ararat Valley, opposite the Biblical Mount Ararat. Its founder creates remarkable wines through winemaking traditions that his ancestors had passed down to him. Together with his son they combine these traditions with modern technologies to create the unforgettable essence of Armenian wines.
This winery produces true masterpieces and every single wine they make is so memorable and delicious in taste, they are simply unforgettable. There are big chances here you will find the wine of your heart.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 8-9 hours

Drive towards Mount Aragats (4090m), the highest peak of Armenia and Trans-Caucasus. Visit Amberd Castle (“castle in the cloud”), a fitting name given to it because of its elevation at 2300m. Breathtaking views of the castle and its citadel, snow covered peaks of Aragats, sun scorched grasslands dressed in wildflowers combine to provide an unforgettable experience this morning. On the way we can stop to take a photo of high-mountain camps of friendly Yezidi people who tend their sheep under the towering peaks of Aragats. 
Visit Armavir region and tour the impressive Karas Winery under the gaze of the biblical Mount Ararat. This huge family-owned winery produces world-class wine owning the largest vineyards than any other winery in Armenia. Karas, the winery name, means ‘amphora’ in Armenian, a sacred wine-making clay vessel used here for 6,000 years. 
Driving around Armavir, you might see neglected more than 100 year-old karases in gardens or vineyards. The winery’s mission is to recycle these glorious clay wine-making gems, restoring them in order to ferment and age 21st-century wines.
Visit another impressive winery in Armavir region on the Turkish border, Voskeni, a family-owned winery with an interesting history dating back to 1920’s. The winery produces exceptionally unique wines which have many international awards such as Gold and Silver medals in Mundus Vini (Germany).
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 7-8 hours

Drive to Garni Fortress, the royal summer residence of the Armenian kings and visit Garni Temple of the Sun, the only standing Hellenistic temple in the Caucasus and the former USSR. It resembles Parthenon in Greece but its dimensions are smaller as it was built only for the Armenian royal family to worship the Sun God.
We continue to Geghard Monastery (UNESCO), the most beautiful rock-cut medieval monastery in the world with its fascinating natural setting and decorative art carved inside the solid rock.  It is the only place in Armenia where you can see many Armenian exquisite lace-type cross-stones carved on the rocks. 
Lunch in a local villager’s house accompanied with a master class of traditional Armenian bread “lavash” being baked in tonir (underground oven). The preparation, meaning and appearance of traditional bread as an expression of culture in Armenia has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage on Humanity.
After a hearty lunch we will explore the most surreal site in Armenia, the stunning Garni Gorge where you can marvel at basalt rock formations – columns looking like honeycombs or pencils. The site stretches for a kilometer along the river…
Back to Yerevan to visit “Ararat” Brandy Factory founded in 1887, a national heritage, the visiting-card of Armenia, producing one of the most prestigious and rare brandies in the world.  During its golden years, this company supplied Armenian brandy to the court of Czar Nicholas II. Since then, their products have been praised by the public and connoisseurs—even Cognac producers—and has earned several medals at World Expos.
We will taste the label’s Exclusive Collection, includes the most exquisite and sophisticated products of Ararat range: Akhtamar, Nairi, Dvin. The latter is a select ten-year-old brandy, which became a favorite of Sir Winston Churchill after Stalin chose it to toast at the historic Yalta Conference in 1945, which united the allied powers in the fight against Nazi Germany. The British Prime Minister received 400 bottles of Dvin every year from Armenia.
Overnight in Yerevan
Meal plan: Breakfast – Lunch
Tour duration: 7-8 hours

Pick up from your hotel. Transfer to Zvartnots Airport. Your pleasant and memorable Armenia tour ends today. Fly home with cherished memories 😊

For more information please contact me by mari_ghazarian@yahoo.com  or WhatsApp +374 93-46-95-75

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