Three Armenian wines selected for Carnival’s 2023-2024 wine program: wines now available in select bars and restaurants across Carnival’s North American fleet

BOSTON, MA, March 07, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Carnival Cruise Line, known as America’s Cruise Line, has selected three wines from Storica Wines’ award-winning portfolio — Keush Origins Brut NV, Shofer Areni Rose, and Voskevaz Karasi Haghtanak – for its 2023-2024 wine program. This marks the first time that an Armenian wine has been carried on a major cruise line operators’ fleet.

All three wines will be listed by-the-bottle across all 24 ships in Carnival’s North American fleet in the ships’ main dining rooms and steakhouse. Keush Origins NV will be listed by-the-glass in the steakhouses, along with Shofer Areni Rose by-the-glass in the main dining rooms. Additionally, Carnival Celebration, Carnival’s newest and most innovative ship, will serve both Keush Origins Brut NV and Shofer Areni Rose by-the-glass at its Latitudes Bar.

“This partnership marks a major milestone for our company and for the wine region of Armenia. We are thrilled to be a part of Carnival’s wine program and are humbled by the way their team has embraced our wines and the story of Armenia’s rich ancient heritage in winemaking and its present-day renaissance,” said Zack Armen, co-Founder and President of Storica Wines.

“Working with Storica to bring these quality wines on board for our guests will enrich our wine offering overall. The story of Armenia’s 6,100-year tradition in winemaking brings our guests who love wine a fascinating and deep history that I know they will appreciate along with these fresh flavors,” said Zachary Sulkes, Senior Director of Beverage Operations for Carnival Cruise Line.

Keush Origins Brut NV, a champagne-method sparkling wine made from two grapes from Armenia’s Vayots Dzor region, has garnered significant accolades from wine critics, including a 91-point rating from Jeb Dunnuck. Shofer, a “made-by-Storica” private label brand, is led by its 90+ rated Areni Rose, made from Armenia’s leading Areni red grape. Voskevaz Winery’s Karasi collection features the rare, ancient clay pot, or “karas,” fermentation method. It’s Haghtanak, meaning “victory” in Armenian, is a bold red wine that pairs well with red meats.

All three wines are currently being sold across Carnival Cruise Line’s North American fleet, which operates from 14 homeports. For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation, visit

Storica Wines is a Boston-based wine import company establishing the category of Armenian wine in North America. The company’s award-winning portfolio of seven brands and 20 products is currently distributed in 25 states around the US and through the duty-free channel of cruise line and airline customers. For more information, and to purchase wines from Storica’s portfolio, please visit or the company’s Instagram @storica_wines.

Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is proud to be known as America’s Cruise Line, for carrying more Americans and serving more U.S. homeports than any other. Since its founding in 1972, Carnival has continually revolutionized the cruise sector, making a cruise vacation an affordable and popular option for millions of guests. Carnival operates from 14 U.S. and two Australian homeports and employs more than 40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities. Carnival currently operates 24 ships and is in an exciting period of growth, with Carnival Celebration and Carnival Luminosa, which began guest operations in November, and three additional ships joining the fleet by 2024.

Ara Sarkissian, General Manager & Head of Wine
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