Areni (formerly called Arpa) is a
village in the Vayots Dzor Region of Republic of
Armenia, famous for its wine, which is the final product
of more than 3.000 years of natural selection, grown
only in Areni Village.
Visible to the right of the main
road is the Astvatsatsin church of 1321, built
during the tenure of Abbot Hovhannes. The architecture
as well as the carvings are the work of Momik, and there
are interesting tombstones outside.
Turn into the village, cross the
bridge, and turn left on a clear road up to the church.
There are ruins of the medieval Areni village and
mansion of Tarsayich Orbelyan in the valley and,
reportedly, remains of a cyclopean fort SE of the
village on the edge of gorge and a 13th c. bridge
remains on the Arpa river built by Bishop Sargis
Starting from 2007 Areni village
hosts famous Armenian wine festival, where a lot
of Armenian winemakers represent their wine. Many
tourists are interested and visit Areni wine festival
Also read about Armenian
winemaking traditions »