In Armenia, the first inter-professional wine market association started. It unites the sommelier, wine merchants, experts and winemakers. The head of the project of the New Wine Company, the head of the Union of Sommeliers and Experts of Russia, the Honored Sommelier of the Russian Federation Arthur Sarkisyan became the President of the Association of Sommeliers and Experts of Armenia (ASEA). The ASEA development program was presented to the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan.
Arthur Sarkisyan announced the creation of ASEA in June at an event in Austria, which was attended by deputies of the national assembly of the country, wine experts and winemakers.
To date, approved the Charter of the Association, developed the symbolism and the provision of membership. The ASEA logo outlines the mountain Ararat, as a symbol of the region that has become the cradle of world winemaking.
«ASEA members can become both representatives of wine trade, wine makers, wine experts and journalists. Such inter-professional format of the Association will most effectively contribute to the development of national winemaking, » Arthur Sarkisyan said.
Among the most important tasks of the Association, the development of the profession of sommelier in Armenia, the creation of a school of sommelier Wine People Erevan on the basis of the Wine People school successfully operating for more than 10 years in Moscow. In future, ASEA will be able to apply for membership in the International Sommelier Association (IAS) and holding a world congress of sommeliers in Armenia.
ASEA will also contribute to the development of Armenia’s national winemaking, the development of standards for future appellations in winemaking regions, and the development of the domestic market of Armenian wine and the image of national winemaking in the world market.
The ASEA development program was presented by Arthur Sarkisyan at a personal meeting with the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan and received the approval and support of the head of the government.