Greek historians Herodotus Halikarnas, Ksenophone Atenach and Strabo verified that the Armenian wines were exported to different countries about three thousand years ago. Ksenophone cited on Armenian tasty wine, at the same time emphasizing that Armenian wines were old, delicious and various. Nowadays many old items preserved within the walls of YEREVAN ARARAT BRANDY-WINE-VODKA FACTORY museum are the evidence of millennial history and high culture of viniculture and viticulture.
YEREVAN ARARAT BRANDY-WINE-VODKA FACTORY is situated in one of the most picturesque places of Yerevan in Hrazdan Gorge, on the territory of former Erivan fortress. In 591 the Erivan fortress was founded by famous Armenian masters by the order of Sasanian King Khosrov Aparvez. Later the Erivan fortress was reconstructed by muslim khans at a time when part of Armenia was under Persian Yoke. It occupied the most part of the city and used to be a cultural and domestic centre where were located commodity markets, mosques and the mint.
In October 1827, with the help of Russian troops led by General I. Paskevich the part of Armenia was liberated from the Persian yoke. A Russian writer Alexander Griboyedov took the position of Secretary of the diplomatic part of the Russian troops in the Caucasus in 1822. In that period of time his “Woe from Wit” play was forbidden to be performed by the Russian Empire as in the play the backward aristocratic morals were criticized. When Griboyedov visited the Erivan fortress in 1827 after the war, the Russian officers made a surprise to him with a long-awaited performance of his play under Dalmahan wall of the fortress. The actors were Russian officers themselves and the women’s roles were being played by young soldiers.
Later in 1858 the fortress was partially ruined by the earthquake.