Come in and taste some Armenian wines with us and Storica Fine Wines. Storica was founded to share Armenia’s story to American consumers as a wine region known as the birthplace of wine. Armenia has a number of indigenous grapes that date back over 6,000 years. This event will open your minds and palates for those wine lovers who want to experience something new.
Armenia resembles a terrain that is a cross between rural Utah, and Wyoming. The land is smaller than the country of Belgium or to put it in to our perspectives, the size of the Delaware and Vermont combined. Armenia has seen a lot of change in the past five years, as there was a four-day war as well as a separate Velvet Revolution that toppled the government and took an unexpected democratic turn. This period also included a drinking revolution where a number of wine bars in the capital were established along with 25 new wineries in just 2018 alone.
Vayots Dzor is considered the jewel of Armenian winemaking. The region is also known for producing Voskehat, Tozot, and Khatoun Kharji. The terrain is extremely mountainous and hilly and the vineyards within Vayots Dzor are planted between 3,000 – 6,000 feet above sea level. The region sees a lot of sunny days, and only an average of 12 inches of rainfall per year. Vayots Dzor has 1,200 hectares planted to vineyards between its two sub-regions, Areni and Aghavnadzor.
Voskehat is an autochthonous Armenian variety whose name translates to “golden berry.” The name refers to the fact that Voskehat is a late ripening variety and spends more time maturing under the sun. Uniquely, Voskehat is an extremely vintage driven variety that achieves a wide range of aromatic profiles depending on the year and growing conditions. For example, during very cold vintages, you will have more stone fruit flavors, like peach and apricot. During warm vintages, Voskehat shows more tropical notes, such as banana, pineapple, and mango.
Areni has always been at the centre of the Armenian wine tradition and is the most important red wine grape in the country. While it is sometimes blended with other local varieties, in the most important wine region of Vayots Dzor, it is generally used to make varietal wines. The tannins in these wines are generally medium, and acidity is medium to high. The body is medium and can have a lovely silky texture. Aromas of red and black fruits, with hints of cassis and spices are followed by flavors of cherry, raspberry, mulberry and blackberry, leading to a slightly bitter, but very pleasant, finish. Oak can add additional vanilla and smoky notes.
Keusch Origins Brut, Vayots Dzor, Armenia NV
Keusch Blanc de Blancs, Vayots Dzor, Armenia 2013
Shofer Areni Rose, Vayots Dzor, Armenia 2020
Zulal Voskehat, Vayots Dzor, Armenia 2019
Zulal Areni Noir, Vayots Dzor, Armenia 2018
Zula Areni Reserve, Vayots Dzor, Armenia 2018