Areni or sometimes called Areni Noir is an ancient dark-skinned red grape variety native to Armenia. The grape originates from the village of Areni located in the wine-growing region of Vayots Dzor. It is one of the red wine stars of the country used to make full-bodied wines with good ageing potential in the Transcaucasia mountains. Areni is a late-ripening grape with thick-skinned berries, and it is moderately resistant to fungal diseases but resistant to frost. It is as well-used for the production of refreshing roses and widely used in the distillation of the famous Armenian brandies. The grape is often vinified in traditional amphorae clay pots and buried into the ground to mature producing truly unique wines. Unfortunately, the grape variety is planted only in Armenia.