An ancient variety indigenous to Armenia, Areni has adapted perfectly to the high altitude, mountainous region of Vayots Dzor, where the vines thrive on the rocky, mineral-rich, volcanic soils. This thick-skinned, late ripening grape makes fresh, elegant, structured wines with bright red fruit flavors, and a characteristic black pepper spice.
The name of Armenia's signature white grape variety translates to “golden berry.” Thick skins allow the grape to withstand hot summers and cold, harsh winters in teh rocky, high altitude sites of Aghavnadzor, Vayots Dzor. The grape is found in varietal wines as well as blends, contributing floral aromas as well as tropical and stone fruit flavors.
Medium in size, the thick-skinned berries add crisp acidity and floral notes to a blend.
A late-ripening variety that is often used in blends, contributing freshness.
This grape's name translates to "sheep's tail." It thrives in rocky, semi-desert soils and, in a wine, gives delicate fruit aromas and round texture on the palate.