Armenian brandy is one of the most well-known marques of Armenia. With establishing ArArAt Brandy Company in 1887, the founder Nerses Tairyants has started a new, more sophisticated era for already loved Armenian beverage.
Throughout its long life Armenian brandy has conquered many heights not just in Armenia or former USSR but all over the world. The most notable wins are – ironically – in global politics. One of the most famous liquor lover Winston Churchill had liked the brandy so much that Joseph Stalin had to send 400 bottles of the finest liquor to London in 1945. Almost 70 years later Vladimir Putin offered David Cameron a bottle of Armenian brandy to keep the good tradition going.
Armenian brandy has received literally hundreds of prizes during all kinds of national and international events and competitions. The last remarkable prize has been awarded during the ARARAT Testimonials Event in 2013.
Armenian brandy is also part of Armenian culture. You will be amazed by the assortment of souvenirs created by local craftsmen involving smaller bottles of the spirit. These small masterpieces are sold in souvenir stores and Vernissage open market. Another tradition is to handwrite a special occasion on which that specific bottle must be opened and present it to their loved ones. The special occasion can be the birth of the first child or the marriage of the first grandchild.
Besides the famous ArArAt Brandy Company there are many other producers of the fine liquor that will warm your heart and spirit just as good. Among larger producers are Vedi Alco, Madatoff, Avshar Wine, Noy, MAP and Proshyan. Supermarkets, convenient stores and specialized stores will offer you a great variety.