Noy Ararat Brandy

Noy Ararat Brandy

Noy Ararat Brandy

THE LEGEND OF NOAH

There are various picturesque and memorable places in Armenia, but the most fairy and mysterious image, the wonderful sight of Mountain Ararat remains in every visitor’s memory forever.
After the World Flood, on the 150th day of sailing, Noah’s Ark rested upon Ararat Mountain. On this very day humanity was reborn for the second time in Armenian highland. Patriarch Noah after the World Flood descending from the top of biblical Ararat Mountain planted the first grapevine in Ararat valley. Since then viticulture and winemaking have started in Armenia. Even if it is a legend, there are numerous historical archaeological facts and material witnesses.

ARCHEOLOGICAL FACTS

Grape seeds, wine sediments and sulfur residues used for the fumigation of wine cellars and jags were found during the excavations of Urartu citadel in Karmir Blur in the 7th century BC. 480 discovered clay jars with 800-900L are eloquent proof of that viticulture and viniculture were the main activities of the local people in Armenian Highland BC. And recently discovered 5000 years old ancient place of viniculture in Areni once more proved that we Armenians are the world’s first wine makers.

HISTORICAL REVIEW

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.

FACTORY ESTABLISHMENT

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.