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Voskevaz Areni 2017 Vayots Dzor, Armenia

Garnet-ruby colour

Perfumed plum, red cherry and spice nose

Red fruit, spice, with slightly earthy note,  refreshing and gently grippy 

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About the Producer

The 'golden bunch' of grapes

Voskevaz Winery is located in Aragatsotn region of Armenia in the village by the same name, “Voskevaz,” which in Armenian means "golden bunch." The foothills area of the highest mountain in Armenia-Aragats is amazingly beautiful and diverse, and its land keeps cultural layers of ancient Armenian civilization. Just a couple of kilometers from the winery, on the edge of the picturesque gorge of river Kasakh, are located the remains of “Badali Jam” church built in the 5th-7th centuries. Nearby were found parts of karases (Armenian clay amphorae), which were dug into the ground and used to age the wine. Voskevaz Winery was established in 1932. With all of the modern innovations, it still has carefully preserved much of its authentic elements including the buildings.

The renaissance of the winery began in 2004. Today Voskevaz produces wine using both modern wine-making technology and traditional old karases that were made in the 19th century. Karas, a traditional vessel for wine fermentation and aging, was used on the territory of Armenia from ancient times. The earliest karases were found in the remains of the oldest known winery in the world (about 6,100 years old), in the caves of Areni, as well as at the partially preserved karas wine cellar in the ruins of the Urartian fortress Teishebaini.   

 

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Pizza Margherita

Wine & Food Matching Ideas

Duck confit

 

Pasta dishes

Pizza

Roasted vegetables

Cheese & charcuterie

platter

Cottage pie

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Try it with

Aubergine penne arrabbiata

 

by 

Jamie Oliver

If you consider this wine as a Pinot Noir–Sangiovese style hybrid, you'll understand how many opportunities for successful food matches are before you. Soft tannins and medium body call for lighter meat and textures, and  refreshing acidity plays well with tomato-based dishes. The earthy spice in the wine also makes it appetising alongside spice and even take a little heat like in this chilli-infused pasta recipe.