Hallgarten Wines Introduces its First Armenian and Georgian Producers
We are delighted to announce the introduction of our first supplier partners from Armenia and Georgia, and an addition from Central Greece to our portfolio. ArmAs, a modern winery with traditional values in Armenia and Vachnadziani, a leading Georgian producer. From each winery, we have added a range of wines made from each country’s indigenous grape varieties.
Steve Daniel, Head of Buying at Hallgarten & Novum Wines commented: “The wines from Armenia and Georgia have always fascinated me and I am thrilled to be able to introduce wines from two countries that have so much history. Each of the producers we have introduced utilise the country’s indigenous grape varieties, their unique terroir and a combination of modern and ancient winemaking techniques that result in wines of epic proportion.
“In addition to the wines from these two unique countries, I have found what I believe to a missing link in our Greek portfolio. In 2015, Vassiliki Akriotou created her first range of Akriotou wines at a micro-winery in the heart of Greece and now we have the sublime Savatiano, made from 45 year old vines, in our portfolio.”
Founded by Armen Aslanyan, ArmAs is revitalising Armenia's historic winemaking legacy. Situated on the 45th parallel, the 180 hectare estate is surrounded by a 17 kilometre brick wall - the Great Wall of Armas - set against the backdrop of Mount Ararat. Winemaker Emilio del Medico pays homage to this heritage by creating elegant and distinct wines from estate grown native varieties.
Located in the Aragatsotn Province, the range of four wines from ArmAs includes two from the Voskahat grape and two from the Karmrahyut grape. The 180 hectares of vineyards are situated at 700 to 1,900 metres above sea-level. This altitude promotes a long ripening period; the vines produce concentrated fruit nourished by 300 days of sunshine per year, balanced by a freshness created by the cool summer nights. The ungrafted vines are planted in soils comprising 30 layers of volcanic, limestone and clay composition.
From Georgia, Hallgarten has introduced seven wines from the country’s largest wine producer, Vachnadziani, two of which are fermented in traditional Georgian Qvevri. Founded in 1957, the producer’s vineyards are situated in the country’s Kakheti and lmereti regions where they grow the indigenous grape varieties: Rkatsitelli, Krakhuna, Mtsvane, Saperavi and Otskhanuri Sapere.
Also included in its newly enhanced Ancient World portfolio is an additional supplier from Greece. Boutique winery, Akriotou, is situated in the Sterea Ellada region of Central Greece and will supply Hallgarten Wines with one wine. Grapes for this wine are harvested from vineyards situated among the snow-capped mountains at altitudes of 280 to 380 metres above sea level and wine is packaged under the brand name of Ορειβ?της - 'Orivatis’ - which translates as the ‘Mountaineer’. This sublime Savatiano, made from 45 year old vines, is a true expression of this fresh mountainous terroir.