Wine culture

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Machanents Tourism & Art

“Machanents” brand represents cultural tourism in one of the ancient streets of Etchmiadzin. The street on which the tourist accommodation is located is also called “Pilgrim’s Road” because it starts from the Mother Church and stretches to Khor Virap.

Mother See Holy Etchmiadzin Agape refectory

This building, historically called cellar or refectory of Mayravank, was part of the wall built during the reign of Simeon Yerevantsi, which according to the inscription was built in 1766 by Hovsep, son of Voskan, in memory of his family. By the way, not far from the building, a part of the wall has been preserved. In the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, the structure was known as Maran (Shirakhana). The building is located on the southeast side of the printing house. During the Soviet years, it was used as a souvenir shop. Since 2012, the building has been transformed into a canteen  named “Agape”.

Alluria Wines

“Alluria Wines” invites you to try natural wines without yeasts and sulfites. During the tours, the guests get to know the products and the history of the Machanyan family, which parallels the development of winemaking traditions. “Alluria wines” produces natural wines, that is, commercial yeasts and sulfites are not used. The product has been presented to the consumer since 2016. The annual tradition of making wine of the Machanyan family began in the Alyur village in the Van region. Our ancestors were vintners, they had abundant fruitful orchards in Van, from which they made wild wines.

House Museum of Hovhannes Hovhannisyan

More than 700 items are preserved and exhibited in the halls (work room, bedroom, dining-room, living-room) and repositories of the museum. These exhibits represent Hovh. Hovhannisyan’s life, the years of his study, his literary, social and pedagogical activity, the stories of creation of his works, etc.
The museum also exhibits the editions of his works, photos, personal belongings, autographs, studies on his works, paintings etc.

Musa Mountain Heroic Battle Museum

The monument is dedicated to the heroic battle of Mount Musa (Musaler), it was built with the support and direct participation of the people of Musaler from Armenia and the diaspora. The monument, which looks like an impregnable fortress, symbolizes the stubborn and unbreakable will, freedom spirit, masculinity and bravery of the participants of the heroic battle of Mount Musa.

Metsamor Museum

Metsamor site is the remains of an old fortress located to the southwest of the Armenian village of Taronik, in the Armavir Province. While it used to be believed that the city of Metsamor was destroyed by the Urartians during the Iron Age researchers now believe it was destroyed by Scythian or Cimmerian nomads.

Zvartnots Temple

Zvartnots Cathedral (literally ‘celestial angels cathedral’) is a 7th-century centrally planned aisled tetraconch type Armenian cathedral built by the order of Catholicos Nerses the Builder from 643-652. Now in ruins, it is located at the edge of the city of Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin) in Armavir Together with churches in Vagharshapat (Etchmiadzin), Zvartnots was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000. 

Mrgashat vineyards

During the tour of the vineyards, you can get acquainted with the types of grapes growing in the Ararat valley. During the seasonal work, you can also participate in harvesting.