The project works with grapes, which is purchased in the Vayots Dzor region, on the farm of Hin Areni. Vineyards are located at an altitude of about 1,200 meters above sea level on two plateaus above the valley of the Arpa River. The soil in the vineyards is poor, stony, with a high proportion of limestone, with the presence of volcanic rocks.
The vineyard is laid by modern canons with a density of planting about 3 thousand bushes per hectare. Yields are maintained at a level of no more than 70 c / ha for red varieties and not more than 90 c / ha for white varieties. The average age of the vines is about 10 years. The project works with two main endemic grape varieties – Areni Nuar and Voskeat. The age of the vines is from 9 to 12 years.
Didier Cornelion started his work in Armenia as a consultant enologist, Hin Areni. On this modern winery, located directly in the village of Areni near the vineyard, Didier makes his own author’s wines. Here there is all the necessary equipment for working with grapes in French stylistics – modern crushers and presses for soft pressing of pulp, temperature control systems, stainless steel tanks. For red red wines, French oak is used.
The project team is Didier Cornelon himself, creating wines, and his partners from Armenia Vahag Ghazaryan and Rafi Bedrosyan, who oversee the direction of sales and marketing. Didier is an experienced oenologist who has worked for many years in the Chateau of the South Rhone. As a consultant he worked at the wineries of Tunisia and Uruguay. The winemaker arrived in Armenia, impressed by the ancient history of viticulture, which was confirmed by archaeological discoveries in the cave of Areni-1. Today Didier with his project is one of the «ambassadors» of wine Armenia in the world.