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ARMENIAN BRANDY

The History of brandy making in Armenia dates back to 1887, when a merchant named Nerses Tairyan built the first wine and brandy factory in Yerevan. In 1899 the company was acquired by a Russian industrial company “Shustov and Sons”. At the beginning of the 20th century the company “Shustov and Sons” acquired the status of Armenian brandy supplier to the court of His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II.

Armenian brandy became the preferable beverage served at the Russian Court. At the international exhibition in Paris in 1900, after a blind tasting it got the Grand- Prix and the legal right to be called “cognac”, not brandy. Winston Churchill was known to be a great admirer of the Armenian cognac. He was so impressed with the Armenian brandy Dvin given to him by Joseph Stalin that he asked for several cases of it to be sent to him each year. Reportedly 400 bottles of Dvin were shipped to Churchill annually. This brandy was named in honor of the ancient capital Dvin, and was first produced in 1943. Agatha Christie and Frank Sinatra loved Armenian brandy too.

Winston Churchill was known to be a great admirer of the Armenian cognac. He was so impressed with the Armenian brandy Dvin given to him by Joseph Stalin that he asked for several cases of it to be sent to him each year.

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