Armenia's Vayots Dzor province is hosting Areni Wine Festival, with the events due in Rind wine-making community October 4, Areni village October 5 and the city of Yeghegnadzor October 6.
According to the National Statistical Service, Armenia posted a 32,8% increase in wine production in January-August 2013 against 2012 results, to total 3 449.6 thous. litres. Wine exports also show positive tendency, having grown by 56% against 2012. Armenia exports wine to CIS, with European and U.S. exports expanding.
Areni Wine Festival agenda will include a wine tasting event, harvest festival, games and theatrical performances.
The festival aims to promote development of the village tourism, boost touristic value of the country and increase awareness of Armenia’s history, culture, and national traditions.
The Festival will host tourists and experts from Russia, Georgia, Italy, winemakers from France and Portugal to conduct master classes for local specialists.
The Festival organizers are: Areni Fest Foundation, Economy Ministry, Industry Development Foundation, Communities Association of Armenia, Vayots Dzor province administration.
The first wine festival was organized in 2009 to soon gain popularity in Armenia and abroad.