YEREVAN, August 16. / ARKA /. The wine exhibition, scheduled for August 18 in the Armenian village of Parakar near Yerevan will allow Armenian consumers to learn more about their country's wine production, Nune Manukian, director of Areni Festival Foundation, said to a news conference today.
She said virtually all Armenian wineries had been informed about the exhibition by Areni Festival Foundation and Industry Development Foundation, however only five winemaking companies, located close to the Armenian capital city, responded positively.
Ms. Manukian said the organizers plan to hold this event every month because it will benefit both producers and consumers who could once a month buy Armenian wine cheaper than in supermarkets.
She noted also that the wine festival in Parakar is often confused with the annual Wine Festival in the village of Areni in Vayots Dzor.
"The Areni Festival is the culmination of the ‘winemaking’ year; it is visited by many foreign tourists and sommeliers who conduct tasting and give estimates of the Armenian wine, while the Parakar exhibition is designed to promote wine sales within the country," she said.
She said the guests of Parakar exhibition will be entertained by Karin ensemble of traditional songs and dances that will not only present traditional dances, but also teach festival participants to dance.
It will be joined by Parakar dance group. The exhibition opening ceremony will be preceded by grape blessing ceremony in the local church.
Currently Armenia has 20 small and medium-sized wineries. It is believed that some 40,000 farmers in the country are engaged in viticulture. Some 90% of the grape is used to produce brandy and only 10% - wine. According to statistics, wine production in the first six months of this year grew by 20.7% to 2. 4 million liters. -0-