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.
Zorah have 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level and just over a kilometre 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. 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.
2015 was characterised as a great vintage, with its long, hot summer and high diurnal temperature ranges. The strong sunlight in the day was balanced by the fresh cool nights extending the ripening season. Harvest started at the end of October.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed before being fermented in concrete tanks. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine was aged in concrete before bottling.
Vibrant, juicy and layered with beautiful acidity that comes from vines grown at high altitudes. The floral and spicy notes give way to a full-bodied white – a harmonious and authentic blend of two of Armenia’s ancient indigenous varieties.
|Grape varieties||50% Garandmak
|Region||Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor|
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