Haghtanak is a red grape variety. Wines from Haghtanak have long ageing potential,
expressed aromas of dark berries and peppery notes. The variety ages well in the oak: in the
result, it gains aromas of coffee, chocolate and cocoa. As well as the ageing gives roundness and
particular nobility in flavours.
The variety is used in the production of high-quality red table wines of different style –
dry, off-dry, sweet, fortified and even sparkling wines; as well as grape juice.
The skin of Haghtanak is quite thick, which helps to get well coloured and tannic wines
with rich aromas. It is considered to have some similarities with Cabernet Sauvignon: the latest
also gives the wine deep and intense colour, and provides excellent structure and tannins.
Haghtanak is an artificially selected Armenian grape variety, developed in 1977 by P. K.
Ayvazyan in the center of viticultural investigations in Merdzavan, Armenia. It was created in
the result of crossing Sorok Let Oktyabrya (Kopchak + Alicante Anri Buch) and the well-known
Saperavi. The name of this variety is translated from Armenian as “Victory”. The grape is
cultivated mainly in Ararat province.