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Smithsonian: Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

Karas Monument at the entrance of Rind Village, Armenia / Photo: Karine Vann, Smithsonian

Smithsonian: Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?

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After a bit of searching, my driver and I arrive at our destination: Rind, a remote village on Armenia’s western border. Modest residences are strung together along its bumpy, dirt roads. The little community seemingly in the middle of nowhere belies very little to the uninformed traveler, except for an oddly shaped monument placed at the entrance.

It’s almost hard to believe Rind is home to a world-renowned winemaking facility.

“We’re in the remotest village in Yeghegnadzor,” Zorik Gharibian says proudly.

n 1998, Zorik and his wife Yeraz, Iranian Armenians living in Italy, ditched their lifelong dream of opening a winery in Tuscany. Instead, they took their chances in the countrysides of Vayots Dzor, Armenia.

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Smithsonian: Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?