The world's highest wine launch took place last weekend, August 8, on the peak of Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.
At a height of 5,137 metres, Zorik Gharibian winemaker at Armenia’s Zorah Wines launched their new cru wine, Yeraz.Gharinian was joined on the expedition to the top of Mount Ararat, the national character of Armenia (although now located in Turkey) by Masters of Wine Caroline Gilby and Tim Atkin. Yeraz is the latest in the range of Zorah Wines made from vineyards of the ancient and indigenous grape Areni Noir, planted at 1,600 metres above sea level in the rural village of Rind in the heart of Yeghegnadzor, Armenia’s main grape growing province. The wine, described by Gilby as having ‘a lovely ethereal nose and fine, elegant, pure lingering flavours’ owes its character to the grape’s original genome which has been preserved for centuries due to the area’s remoteness, absence
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