Tour and wine tasting at an Armenian winery

Tour and wine tasting at an Armenian winery image

The vineyard at Ijevan Wine Factory. (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Tour one of the oldest wineries in Armenia to learn about the winemaking traditions and viticulture of the Tavush region at. Founded in 1951, the Ijevan Wine Factory produces both wine and brandy, which visitors may taste as part of their tour.

The Ijevan Wine-Brandy Factory’s original purpose was to process grapes for the bottling of brandy and wine in Yerevan. However, in 2005, the factory transformed itself with modern equipment and the latest technologies, as well as a new generation of wine specialists, to produce high-quality wines and brandies from regionally sourced grapes and fruits.

At the winery, you will walk between stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels—some of them made from Caucasian oak, a local variety that may be 250 years old. Expert winemakers will explain the different characteristics of grape varieties from the Tavush region, and how the local soil and climatic conditions give Ijevan wine its distinctive taste.

The tour ends at the tasting room where you may taste and identify various wines and brandies along with refreshments. The Ijevan Wine Factory produces not only brandies, grape wines, and berry wines, but also fruit vodkas and canned and dried fruit products, all of which you may purchase from the factory shop.

Visitors explore the wine factory.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

A view of Ijevan Wine Factory interior.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

The tasting room at Ijevan Wine Factory.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

A view of Iljevan Wine Factory.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Local men discuss wine.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

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