In the past few years, the star attraction of international wine tasting events has been Armenia’s iconic Zorah Wines. With high marks from wine publications and several mentions on “top wine” lists, Zorah Wines continues to surprise and delight wine lovers around the world.
Members of Armenia’s vast and far-reaching diasporic population, Zorik and Yeraz Gharibian founded Zorah Wines in 1999. As Italian citizens, the couple was unfamiliar with their ancestral homeland before starting Zorah in 1999 (the first vintage was 2010.) They were also newcomers to the wine industry, as Zorik hails from the fashion business in Italy.
However, both Zorik and Yeraz knew of Armenia’s winemaking history stretching back 6,000 years. Along with Georgia, Armenia lays claim to being the birthplace of wine. While the Armenian wine industry was not able to flourish during the Soviet era, with this project, Zorah Wines is breathing new life into the country’s winemaking heritage.
Zorik is focused on producing top quality wines with integrity, wines that reflect the unique qualities and attributes of Armenia’s best grapes and the heritage of the country.
Zorah Wines is located in the Armenian highlands (Rind) and in the shadow of Mount Ararat (over the Turkish border.) They currently produce three wines: one white and two reds.