`Karasì` Areni Noir



Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with Attilio Scienza to find...

precisely the right location for this exciting project. After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success.

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Zorah has 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level and only steps away from a 6,100 year old winery. The vineyards are situated in the small rural village of Rind in the heart of Vayotz Dzor, Armenia's quintessential grape growing region for quality wines. Long dry summers, with good sunlight and high daytime temperatures contrast with cool nights, encouraging a lengthy growing season. The soils are rocky and rich in limestone, helping maintain moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat. The indigenous vines are grown on ungrafted rootstock as the area is unaffected by Phylloxera.

Vintage Information

A year characterised with initial frost and a rainy spring followed by a hot summer with high day-time temperatures and strong sunlight balanced with fresh cool nights. The day/night temperature differences averaging 20°C during the ripening season. The weather remained dry until the end of September with harvest commencing mid/end of October.


Fermentation took place in temperature controlled concrete vats with indigenous yeast, the micro oxygenation in the concrete being similar to that of the traditional clay amphorae ‘karas’ in which the wine is then aged for around twelve months. The ‘karas’ used are of varying sizes and are found roaming the villages. Some are buried in the ground while others are above ground each giving their own unique nuances to the wine. The wine was very lightly filtered before bottling, and spent a further six months ageing in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has aromas of lightly spiced red fruits. The palate reflects the nose with hints of soft red fruits interwoven with an earthy savouriness and dried mountain herbs. The palate is full bodied and generous with vibrant chalky tannins and a touch of graphite on a long, evolved mineral finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Areni Noir
Region Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor
Winemaker Alberto Antonini
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.67g/l
Residual Sugar 0.41g/l
Wine pH 3.54