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The world’s first wine has been produced in Armenia over 6,000 years ago. Winemaking has played an important role in Urartu. The Assyrian sources also point to this. During the invasion, the Assyrian kings pointed out the types of wine in their lists and also the number of grape gardens destroyed. The kings of Urartu of the 8th century BC referred to Armenia as ‘the land of the vineyards.’ The Urartian cuneiform inscriptions, in addition, refer to what has been created and planted in the honour of the god Khaldi. Grape planting was something like a feat. Famous historians and scholars Herodotus, Strabo, and Xenophon have also referred to the Armenian winemaking.
In the 19th century, an invasive species – phylloxera (brought in from America) destroyed the vineyards of Europe, leaving the continent with almost no grapes. The ones that survived were mostly the American types that were resistant to the insect.Almost all of the famous wines today – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Spanish Rioja or Italian Montepulciano have American origins because their roots were unable to resist and survive the parasite. In Armenia, the native vines remained intact. The insect simply didn’t reach its highlands. Therefore, the authentic, ancient roots were preserved as was the case for thousands of years.
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