Armenia might be the birthplace of the grapevine, with the stories of Noah's Ark that is thought to have been set in the region of Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, between the Black and Caspian Seas.

Armenia is best known for its excellent brandies produced close to Mount Arafat but the country also makes a number of very acceptable quality red wines, such as those in the south-west of the country in the area around Yeghegnadzor. These are sturdy wines that are high in tannin and high levels of acidity.

Drinking temperature is 14-16°C (57.2-60.8°F).


The southern states of the former Soviet Union

Grape vines are now cultivated in some strange places thanks to gigantic irrigation projects. Some of the southern states of the former Soviet Union such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were making

 reasonable table wines and good dessert wines (Muscatel, Port. and Madeira type wines) until recently. The unsettled economic situation in these countries has had a negative effect on the local wine industries.