Planted on the plateau of Rind on 1400 m above the sea level. Soils are poor, stony (sandstone), calcareous rocks. The climate is severe, sharply continental. The vineyard is buried for winter. Drip irrigation is used to protect against stress during summer heats. The planting of 40 hectares of vineyard Zorik began more than 10 years ago with the Areni Noir planted with seedlings. Density of planting on the vineyard is 3500 vines per hectare. Cuttings for planting were taken from an old vineyard near the monastery of XII century. It can be said that it was Zorik who opened this grape variety to the world, and he registered it in Europe under the name Areni Noir. For reserved red wine, grapes are harvested from old vines on a rented plot at the altitude of about 1600 m above the sea level. White grape varieties are also purchased from farmers in Vayots Dzor region.
The winery is an example of style and utility. A special zone for amphoras is distinguished inside a small room. Red wines of the brand are kept here. Some amphoras are more than 100 years old. The average size of the carp is about 1 thousand liters, some of the amphoras are set on tripods, others are dug in small pebbles at the very neck. For fermentation they use only large concrete tanks (cost about 20 thousand Euros for each). For aging Yeraz top wine, barrics were used for the first vintages, now they were abandoned in favor of large unrefined botty.
Zorah Winery is a family project inspired by Zorik Gharibyan and his wife Yeraz. In all the nuances of Zorah you can feel the first profession of the founder — a man from the Milan fashion world. The project is consulted by Stefano Bartolomei, a viticulture specialist. The oenologist is Alberto Antonini, who previously led oenology in the famous Italian brands of Antinori, Frescobaldi, Poggio al Tessoro.
Articles in N1 world magazines
Financial Times (UK) Decanter (UK)
Le Monde (France) Wine and Spirits (USA)
Corriere della sera (Italy) Gourmet Traveler Wine (Australia)
The Guardian (UK) The world of Fine Wine (UK / USA)
The Irish Times (Ireland) Gambero Rosso (Italy)
Berlingske (Denmark) Bloomburg (USA)
The Purple Pages (Jancis Robinson)
The Purple Pages (Julia Harding)
The Wine Anorak (Jamie Goode)
Vinography (Alder Yarrow)
Paula Bosch (Germany)
The Wine Report -Akihiko Yamamoto (Japan)
In Michelin restaurants
Yamt’cha- Paris, La Scenè Paris, Hiramitsu Paris, Cracco Milan, Enrico Bartolina ar Mudec – Milano, Felix Lo Basso – Milano, Sketch- London, Savoy Grill – London, Bar Boulud – London, Bettoney – New York, Spago- LA
Bloomberg – entered the Top 10 list in 2012