- 100% Areni Noir
Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with two experts to find precisely the right location for this exciting project.
After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success. The name Karasì is the Armenian word for "from amphora" - a reference to the wine being aged in traditional amphorae.
Zorah have 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400m above sea level. A 6,100 year old winery, the oldest ever found, was discovered a few kilometres from the vineyards, which are situated in the small rural village of Rind in the heart of Vayotz Dzor, Armenia’s quintessential grape growing region for quality wines. Long dry summers, with good sunlight and high daytime temperatures contrast with cool nights, encouraging a lengthy growing season. The soils are rocky and rich in limestone, helping maintain moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat. The indigenous vines are grown on ungrafted rootstock as the area is unaffected by Phylloxera.