The Armenian cognac is good. It is highly valued all around the world, including in France, the birthplace of the cognac. The unanimous viewpoint of the international experts is that there are two types of cognac: the French and the Armenian. All the other cognacs belong to the third group.
Historically, Armenia has been a vine producing land. It has around three thousand years of history. The annals of the Armenian cognac goes back to the 19th century. In 1877 the first quilt trader Nerses Tairov built the first wine factory in the castle area of Yerevan. He placed a 102 bucket size bronze distillation apparatus. Soon other Armenians like Afrikian, Geozalov and Sarayev followed the example of Tairov and built wineries. Due to some difficulties in production in 1898 Tairov sold his factory to “Shousdov & Sons.” Later the Shousdovs built a second factory and established seven more factories for vine cultivation and preservation in different regions. After the death of Nicolay Shousdov, his sons Nicolyn and Leondyn took charge of the organization.
The widest recognition that the Armenian cognac received was in 1913 when among thirty other Armenian and non-Armenian companies “Shousdov & Sons” started to deliver its products to the palace of the Russian Emperor.
Among the Armenian cognac-lovers are numerable famous persons among whom was Winston Churchill. He loved the “Dvin” Armenian cognac. The first time he ever tasted the Armenian cognac was in 1943 during the well-know Tehran Conference. Churchill loved it so much that from that day on he drank a bottle of “Dvin” cognac every day for the rest of his life. Stalin personally oversaw the delivery of the “Dvin” Armenian cognac to the British Premier. During his old age when Churchill was asked what had been the secret of his longevity, without even giving it a second of thought, he had answered: “Don’t be late for lunch, smoke Havana cigars and drink Armenian cognac.”
The Armenian cognac was also praised by the Russian writer Maxim Gorki. In 1928, after tasting the Armenian cognac, he said: “Perhaps it’s easier to climb to the top of Ararat than to climb up from the cellars of “Ararat.”