An Ancient Grape with a Tantalizing Future
Exploring the Zorah 2016 Rind Karasì, and 6,100 years of history
The earthenware karas used to ferment Zorah’s Karasì.
Recently, John Szabo, MS, visited Areni-1, a cave in a Copper Age village of Vayots Dzor, in southeastern Armenia. Within it, researchers had found shards of karas, clay vessels used to ferment grape juice, with grape residue that DNA analysis linked to areni, a variety that grows wild throughout the region. “The cultivar is so old it has no known ancestors,” he wrote in our June issue. Zorik Gharibian, who runs Zorah winery, described it to him as an “orphan grape”; Szabo calls it “the world’s most ancient wine grape and one of its most potentially exciting future ones.”
Zorah 2016 Rind Karasì
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