Photographs. Areni Wine Festival 2015

Areni Wine Festival 2012
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part II
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013. Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013. Part II
Photographs. Areni Wine Festival 2014

Our way to the Areni Wine Festival 2015 we’ve hitchhiked… as always. The driver who gave us a lift was a young guy named Aleksan. He lived in Nagorno-Karabakh and became a father a few days ago. “I hate to be alone on the road, so it’s good that I met you,” he said. We got off at the village of Areni, wishing him a safe journey. While three of us, me, Nane and our friend Edgar, walked to the village centre where the main events were taking place, I couldn’t help but notice that the wine festival was transforming into a barbecue and kebab festival. There were probably more food vendors than wine makers offering to taste their old and new wines. But in four years, the festival for us got more meaning than just driking madness, so we ignored these changes and spent some wonderful hours with our friends before hitchhiking back to Yerevan.
Trinity wines at Areni Wine festival 2015 in Armenia
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Photographs. Areni Wine Festival 2014

Areni Wine Festival 2012
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part II
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013. Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013. Part II

We were six people hitchhiking in three groups to the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor province of Armenia to attend the 2014 Areni Wine Festival. Me and Nane were the last to arrive in Areni. We rode trucks, and our drivers preferred slow driving. By the time we reached the festival, our friends were already soaked in the wine madness. People around us were dancing, smiling, drinking, eating, and enjoying the moment. And the wine was flowing at Areni.

Bottles of wine in a rusty bucket, Areni Wine festival 2014 in Armenia
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Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013: Part Two.

Areni Wine Festival 2012
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part II
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013. Part I

We were waiting for the annual wine festival in the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia for twelve long months, imagining how we would get drunk to the level when the reality turns upside down. But Areni Wine Festival 2013 wasn’t all that grandiose as I was expecting. There was fewer people, less contestants, less fun. Well, but not for those who were here for the first time, of course. Whether it was because of the fact that the President of Armenia did not attend this year’s festival, or there was lack of organization, I don’t know. Only one thing was the same – the wine. And Armenian wine producing companies did their best to satisfy even the most picky taste.
Areni Wine festival 2013 in Armenia
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Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2013: Part One.

Areni Wine Festival 2012
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part I
Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part II

Unlike last year, this year’s Areni Wine Festival lasted for three days. It included a homemade wine festival in the village of Rind, and a harvest festival in the city of Yeghegnadzor in the Vayots Dzor Province of Armenia. We were able to attend the second day of the festival in the village of Areni itself. Whether it was because of the fact that the President of Armenia did not attend this year’s festival, or there was lack of organization, but the Areni Wine Fest 2013 wasn’t that impressive and fun as the previous festival. Anyway, the main reason we were there was the wine, and it was good as always!
Areni Wine festival 2013 in Armenia
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Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part Two.

Photography. Areni Wine Festival 2012: Part One.

Talks about wine on the way to Areni Wine Festival in the same car with wine producers – this is how our vinous madness began. Around 9AM we turned off the highway and entered the village of Areni in the Vayots Dzor. Locals were in active preparations, lining up the tables with wine, fruits, cheese and other home-made products along the road. People were in hurry. Everything had to be done perfectly before the arrival of the President of Armenia. Read More about Areni Wine Festival 2012
Man pouring white wine into a glass, Areni Wine Festival, Armenia
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