Armenian Wine Importers was formed by Charles Masraff with the purpose of importing wines from Armenia to sell in the UK.+ 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.
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, recognising the importance of their indigenous grape varieties,there is a new determination to combine the 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!
And Armenia is now being recognised worldwide with Armenian wines winning more than 80 prizes last year in international wine competitions.Currently we are importing 20 different wines from 5 wineries though it is expected that the number of wineries and varieties will continue to increase.
Armenia holds a remarkable depth and diversity of cultural and natural landscapes. This diversity and richness is evident in music, cuisine, art, and—increasingly—Armenia’s rapidly developing wine industry. In the picture above you can see the Koor vineyards nestling below the twin peaks of Mont Ararat the legendary landing ground for Noah and his ark. What few people know is that he did not just bring animals with him but the seeds of winemaking as well!!
In 2011, respected researchers discovered the oldest winemaking facility in the world, dating from approximately 4100 BCE. Armenian grape varietals, like Areni, Kakhet, Voskehat, Kangun, Kakhet and Haghtanak are still relatively unknown outside of the region. Indigenous to the area and distinct from both the European Old World and New World varietals, these are the grapes that, as Vahe Keushguerian, doyen of the Armenian wine renaissance puts it “would perplex a wine professional.”