ArArAt (brandy)

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Founded 1887
Founder Yerevan Brandy Company
Headquarters Yerevan, Armenia
Products Brandy
Owner Pernod Ricard

ArArAt is an Armenian brandy (cognac-style) that has been produced by the Yerevan Brandy Company since 1887.[1] It is made from Armenian white grapes and spring water, according to a traditional method.

"Ordinary brandies" are aged for 3, 4, 5, or 6 years, the soft flavor of the brandy being based on selected brands of wines and pure spring water, which help to create a unique taste for each type of ArArAt brandy. The "aged brandies" of 10, 15, 18, and 20 years each have their own unique taste and specific dark golden color.

The distinctive aroma and rich bouquet of these brandies allowed the Yerevan Brandy Company to enjoy considerable success in international exhibitions and tastings.[citation needed] ArArAt brandy is not only popular in Armenia, but in many of the former states of the Soviet Union, chief among them Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus. In the Russian-speaking countries of the former Soviet Union the Armenian brandy is marketed as cognac (Russian: армянский коньяк, tr. armjanskij konjak). This is because in 1900, the brandy won the Grand-prix award in Paris and the company so impressed the French that they have been allowed to legally call the product "cognac".[2] The term "brandy" has never really caught on in the region.[1]

In politics[edit]

An undocumented anecdote claims that during the Yalta Conference, Winston Churchill was so impressed with the Armenian brandy Dvin given to him by Joseph Stalin that he asked for several cases of it to be sent to him each year.[3][4][5] Reportedly 400 bottles of Dvin were shipped to Churchill annually.[2][6] This brandy was named in honour of the ancient capital Dvin, and was first produced in 1943.[6]

During a 2013 meeting at his personal villa in Sochi, Russian president Vladimir Putin gave British Prime Minister David Cameron a bottle of Armenian brandy as a gift, recalling Stalin's offering to Churchill in 1945.[7]


A bottle of ArArAt brandy
  • ArArAt Erebuni, 30 years old.
  • ArArAt Nairi, 20 years old.
  • ArArAt, 3, 5 and 25 years old.
  • ArArAt Tonakan, 15 years old.
  • ArArAt Akhtamar, 10 years old.
  • ArArAt Otborny, 7 years old.
  • ArArAt Ani, 6 years old.
  • ArArAt Dvin, collection.
  • ArArAt Armenia, collection.

Retired brands include Ararat Vaspurakan 15 years old, ArArAt Kilikia 30 years old, ArArAt Sparapet 40 years old and ArArAt Noah's Ark 70 years old.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vladimir Gendlin (2003). "Armenia. The cognac republic". KommersantЪ. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b Cigar Clan Magazine, In the Steps of Churchill, Volume I 2004 Archived December 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Renton, Alex (7 July 2011). "Armenian brandy's Churchill boast". BBC News. 
  4. ^ Armenian brandy demands respect
  5. ^ BBC: Spirited return for Armenian brandy, 8 June 2004
  6. ^ a b Prynn, Jonathan (23 March 2012). "First chance to buy brandy that Stalin served Churchill". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 March 2015. Sir Winston Churchill's favourite Armenian brandy... The brandy, which was also a favourite of Agatha Christie and Frank Sinatra, has been made in the Ararat Valley since 1877. 
  7. ^ Parfitt, Tom (10 May 2013). "David Cameron says 'real progress' made with Vladimir Putin over Syria". The Telegraph. 

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