Armenian Wine Importers was formed by Charles Masraff with the purpose of importing wines from Armenia to sell in the UK both through the wholesale and retail market. Charles spent 5 years living in Yerevan, Armenia from 2006-2011. There together with Linda Fergusson he ran a successful small restaurant and outside catering business. He also worked closely with USDA(United States Development Agency) on a number of rural development projects and through USDA’s rural development arm CARD was introduced to several wineries in Armenia.
Armenia is one of the oldest wine-producing nations in the world. Prior to Armenia’s independence in 1991, there was a great propensity in Soviet times to mass produce grapes for making Armenian Brandy. However, in recent times in recognising the importance of their indigenous grape varieties-there was a new determination to combine their excellent terroir and climate with their winemaking skills to produce a range of new wines-now truly world class. This is the cutting edge of wine-making!
Initially we are importing 9 different wines from 4 wineries though it is expected that the number of varieties will increase in time.