Damariscotta native and Armenian winemaker Aimee Keushguerian (left) stands with Christina Belknap, the executive director of Lincoln Theater, after the showing of the documentary Cups of Salvation, in Damariscotta. The documentary details Keushguerian’s efforts in reviving the Armenian wine industry. (Johnathan Riley photo)

Armenian Winemaker Aimee Keushguerian ’12 with Local Ties Celebrated in Special Lincoln Theater Event

by Johnathan Riley for The Lincoln County News

Damariscotta businesses Bred in the Bone, Damariscotta River Grill, and Lincoln Theater collaborated in a special dinner and wine event on Thursday, Dec. 21, to celebrate a documentary made about an Armenian father-daughter team making wine.

The documentary, “Cup of Salvation,” the fourth film in the “Somm” series, directed by Jason Wise, follows Aimee Keushguerian and her father Vahe, along their journey of reviving the grapes and wines of their Armenian homeland. Their production facility, WineWorks, is in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital.

Aimee Keushguerian, who attended Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta and Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, said wine was a critical component of Armenian culture until the 19th century when the nation was absorbed by the Soviet Union.

During this time, the Soviet Union directed Armenian’s to abandon their longstanding vineyards and start production on brandy, according to Keushguerian, favoring grapes better suited for that production.

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Originally published December 30, 2023 in The Lincoln County News. Click on the link above to read the full article.