Hallgarten adds first wines from Armenia and Georgia

Hallgarten & Novum Wines has added its first wines from Armenia and Georgia.

Wines made from indigenous grape varieties from ArmAs, a modern winery with traditional values in Armenia; and Vachnadziani, a leading Georgian producer, will now be available to the UK trade via the specialist wine importer Hallgarten.

Steve Daniel, head of buying, said: “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.”

ArmAs, founded by Armen Aslanyan, is said to be “revitalising Armenia’s historic winemaking legacy”.

The 180-hectare estate is surrounded by a 17 kilometre brick wall – The Great Wall of Armas – and is set against the backdrop of Mount Ararat.

The range of four from the producer include two from the Voskahat grape and two from the Karmrahyut grape.

From Georgia Hallgarten has introduced seven wines from the country’s largest wine producer, Vachnadziani, two of which are fermented in traditional Georgian Qvevri. The company was founded in 1957 and wines are made from indigenous grapes including Rkatsitelli, Krakhuna, Mtsvane, Saperavi and Otskhanuri Sapere.

Also included in its newly-enhanced Ancient World portfolio is a new supplier from Greece. Boutique winery Akriotou is situated in the Aterea Ellada region of central Greece and it will supply Hallgarten with one wine. The wine, made from 45 year-old vines, is packaged under the brand name of Orivatis, which translates as Mountaineer. 

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