Sixth ‘Areni’ wine festival to open in Vayots Dzor of Armenia on October 1
YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. The sixth ‘Areni’ wine festival will be held in Vayots Dzor of Armenia on October 1-5, the governor of Vayots Dzor region Edgar Ghazaryan said.
At a press conference on Wednesday the governor suggested citizens planning a vacation for these five days and spend it with families and colleaugues in Vayots Dzor.
The festival will take place in five winemaking communities of the region – Malishka, Yelpin, Rind, Areni and Yeghegnadzor, where people will have a chance to taste local wines, get involved in grapes picking, participate in crops festivities, games and performances. The list of guest houses ready to host tourists is available on the regional administration’s website, Ghazaryan said.
The governor also said a service will be conducted at Noravank monastery and a grapes blessing ceremony will be held afterwards on August 17, the Assumption Day.
Head of “Areni” Fund Nune Manukyan said the festival is gaining popularity in the world and it will be filmed by Travel Gate American channel this year.
Manukyan said they are happy wine sales have kept increasing since the first festival and people give up vodka and are back to wine.
Manukyan also said this year the traditional wine contest within the festival will be judged by an American sommelier who has already confirmed his participation. Sommeliers from France and Germany are also expected to participate, she said. –0—