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“ARARAT” - The Legendary Armenian Brandy

While Armenia has a number of excellent award winning wines, it’s the Armenian brandy that has a solid international reputation. Even Winston Churchill himself was turned into Armenian brandy after Stalin introduced it to him at the Yalta Conference in 1945, after which the former British Prime Minister continued to have cases shipped to him until he died. Reportedly, 400 bottles of “Dvin” were shipped to Churchill annually. This brandy was named in honor of the ancient Armenian capital Dvin, and was first produced in 1943.

The “Ararat” brandy is the undisputed leader in the premium brandies category since 1887. The production is made exclusively from local grape varieties to maintain the special properties that blend harmoniously with the Caucasian oak barrels, used for aging of the authentic Armenian brandy.

The method of double distillation preserves the rare flavors and aromas of the raw material, the grapes, transferring them to the final product with refined and delicate taste.

“Ararat” brandy has the beautiful amber color with a touch of gold and a slight hint of mahogany. It has a spicy flavor with fruit and flower overtones, with hints of fresh butter and oak. A soft, pleasantly sweet taste is complemented by a long finish with notes of mocha.

Take a fascinating tour with us of the legendary “Ararat” Brandy Factory in Yerevan, and visit the very heart of the factory - its Museum, where the vintage spirits and bottles are stored. And, of course, post tour testing and shopping for brandies will enhance your overall Armenia experience!

Visiting ARARAT BRANDY FACTORY is on the itinerary of the good number of our tours. For more information, please visit our ТOURS page, or contact us at info@phoenixtour.am

Watch some of the cool “Ararat” brandy videos from our YouTube page, at the bottom of this post:

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Winston Churchill was turned into Armenian brandy after Stalin introduced it to him at the Yalta Conference in 1945, after which the former British Prime Minister continued to have cases shipped to him until he died.
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Winston Churchill was turned into Armenian brandy after Stalin introduced it to him “Dvin” at the Yalta Conference in 1945.
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The vintage Armenian brandy “Dvin” that was introduced by Stalin to Winston Churchill at the Yalta Conference in 1945. This brandy was named in honor of the ancient Armenian capital Dvin, and was first produced in 1943.
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ARARAT “Dvin” is one of the exclusive ARARAT brandies. This blend is aged for longer in oak casks, which gives it a typical wood-smoky aroma of cigars with hints of clove and a slightly sweet taste of hazelnut.
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Named in honor of one of the most ancient names of Armenia, the twenty year old “Nairi” ARARAT has been produced since 1967. Refined, balanced, with silky-smooth texture and long lasting finish and crafted using 18 different spirits, with the oldest having been aged at least 55 years, “Nairi” is considered the pinnacle of the ARARAT range.
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Five year old “Five Stars” ARARAT brandy is probably the most popular in the range. It has a distinctive aroma of ripe and juicy plums, notes of sweet Armenian peach and a thin, delicate taste with a hint of black currant.
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The union of two traditional symbols of Armenia, legendary brandy ARARAT and apricot, gives life to the innovative product ARARAT "Apricot" - embodiment of the generous Armenian land.
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Ten year old ARARAT “Akhtamar” is the most emotional and artistic of the brandies. A tribute to Armenian Soviet film director, screenwriter and artist, Sergei Parajanov.
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ARARAT “Single Cask” is the limited product of Yerevan Brandy Company with 12 years of aging, a unique age characteristic for ARARAT range. Non-blended and produced exclusively from endemic Armenian Lalvar grape variety.
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ARARAT “Charles Aznavour Signature Blend” is radiating a deep dark amber with light mahogany and golden reflections. The complex bouquet is a symphony of old wood, caramel toffee, and chocolate with a rich aroma.
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This beautiful ARARAT “Erebuni 30” brandy was made in honor of the Erebuni fort (782 BC) in Ancient Armenia. That year is also the founding year of one of the oldest cities in the world, the Armenian capital Yerevan. The oldest spirit in the blend dates back to 1934.
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The luxury ARARAT “Erebuni 50” complements the ultra-premium collection of ARARAT, launched back in 2015 with "Erebuni 30". Taking its name from the ancient Erebuni Fortress, which became the heart of Yerevan, Erebuni collection is the quintessence of ARARAT brandies.
Ararat Brandy
The “Ararat brandy” is the undisputed leader in the premium brandies category since 1887. The production is made exclusively from local grape varieties to maintain the special properties that blend harmoniously with the Caucasian oak barrels, used for aging of the authentic Armenian brandy.
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Ararat Brandy Factory building in Yerevan.
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Ararat Brandy Factory Museum.
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Keeping the art in the focus - the famous Hollywood actor John Malkovich takes the “Ararat” Brandy Factory tour.
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Post tour testing and shopping for “Ararat” brandies will enhance your overall Armenia experience!
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After tour you can purchase the “Ararat” brandies at their factory store. Enjoy and stock up!