Armenian FOOD & WINE TOUR on SARYAN WINE STREET + Sightseeing | Yerevan, Armenia

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My first day in Armenia continued with more exploration of the capital city of Yerevan! Come along with me as I go on an amazing Armenian food and wine tour and go sightseeing in Yerevan!

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My adventure started at the Mother Armenia statue. She is located at a viewpoint where you can see the entire city and Mount Ararat, which is located in Turkey and is where Noah’s Ark landed.

Neaby is the Eternal Flame. It’s dedicated to the people who lost their lives in World War II. Armenia was part of the Soviet Union at the time. The views over the city are beautiful!

My guide, Gayane, showed me Victory Alley, the alley dedicated to the heroes of WWII. There are big plaques made of volcanic rock called tuff. On the plaques, the names of the heroes are inscribed in both Armenian and Russian.

There’s also lots of Soviet machinery, including a huge divisional gun, a fighter jet, a missile, and a cannon.

From there, we drove a bit and stopped at a statue of Alexander Tamanian, an architect known for his work in Yerevan. There’s also an incredible monument called Cascade, which was made to look like a stone waterfall. There’s also a unique lion sculpture made of tires and a statue of a chubby Roman warrior by Colombian artist Fernando Botero from 1985.

The Cascade has 572 steps and is made of travertine, a type of limestone. There are also beautiful fountains and sculptures there! It’s an empty, calm area that’s free of tourists. You can take escalators to the top and see more plazas, artwork, and fountains along the way. You can get epic views of Yerevan from the top!

Then, we headed to Republic Square and Northern Avenue, where there are lots of restaurants, shops, and retail. There’s a car there that’s also a souvenir shop! Lots of people sign the car, so I did as well.

All around us were beautiful buildings made of orange and rose tuff stone. They included government buildings and the National Gallery. The fountains there dance with the music. Then, we headed to Saryan Street for dinner and wine!

The first wine place that opened there is In Vino. You can buy and drink wine there. One Wine Days, they shut down the street and have a festival! They have Old World, New World, and Armenian wines.

I tried the Alluria, which is made from 2 Armenian grapes. It wasn’t sweet but was very different and had a good body. It was strong and I liked it a lot!

Next, we headed to Wine Time Restaurant. I started with a lighter, delicious, semi-sweet Voskevaz wine. Then, we started with beet root paste with chips, fig paste, grilled peppers with tomato, and dolmas. Dolmas are beef and rice wrapped in grape leaves.

The fig paste on the crispy bread was like a jam. I liked the beet root paste, too! Sour cream with the fig paste had a nice balance of sweet and salty. The dolma with sour cream had more beef than rice, which I liked a lot. Then, I tried eggplant and tomato with an Armenian sour cream called rejan. It’s a dense cream and isn’t too buttery.

I loved the flatbread with the beet root paste as well. It cracks easily, so you have to dig in to get it! Next was a better, drier Voskevaz wine and a delicious grilled tomato!

Next, we stopped at Armat Café Restaurant, an open-air restaurant/wine bar. I had another super strong, full-bodied wine as a nightcap!

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