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Azerbaijan, an ancient cradle of viniculture

Beautifully balanced wines are made with love from grapes grown on Caucasian slopes, soaked in sunshine and soothed by Caspian breezes.

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Azerbaijan has historical wine regions and more modern areas of production established since the redevelopment of the wine industry. They fan out in different directions from Baku: north along the Caspian shoreline; north-west through Shirvan along a stunning road that follows the foothills of the Greater Caucasus; west through the centre of the country via historical Ganja; west again, but further to the south, in the Karabakh region; and south in the Lankaran-Astara region. With the renewed focus on modernising the national wine sector, the next few years are sure to be an exciting and rapidly-changing era for wine tourism in Azerbaijan.


Azerbaijan Wine Traditions

Millennia ago, long before the Caucasus region was divided up into nation states, people living here were cultivating grapes, and pretty soon they had the great idea of crushing them to make wine. One of Noah’s first impulses after surviving the flood was to plant a vineyard... And to drink rather excessively of the wine that it yielded. According to a sincerely believed local legend, Noah’s post-ark settlement was founded at what’s now the Azerbaijani city of Nakhchivan – where there’s even a tomb site of Noah that you can visit.


Biblical myths aside, an everincreasing body of archaeological and micro-botanical research does indeed suggest that wine was made in considerable quantity in ancient times at sites along the Arpachay River, a valley in Nakhchivan’s Sharur District. Several sites suggest an even older knowledge of wine by the Shulaveri-Shomutepe Culture, partly named after the Shomutepe archaeological site near Agstafa in West Azerbaijan. In Goygol District, jugs bearing wine residue have been unearthed dating back to the 2nd millennium BC, and in the North West region of Gabala, a wine cellar was discovered from the 1st-3rd centuries AD. Evidently..

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Azerbaijan is a country of fascinating surprises.
The dazzling 21st-century architecture of Baku.
The glitzy ski resorts of Shahdag and Tufandag.
The Silk Route gem city of Sheki…
And, yes, the wonderful wine.



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