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The New Israel at ProWein 2008

Wine Country Israel presents itself for the very first time at a joint-exhibitors stand at the ProWein 2008 wine exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, among the world’s largest wine exhibitions. Five of Israel’s best wineries invite you to visit them in hall 6 stand K47 during March 16-18, 2008.

Binyamina Winery is in Israeli standards a traditional winery: it was founded in 1952, shortly after the establishment of the State of Israel. The two owners are very successful Hollywood film producers who after substantial investments in the 90s have enabled Binyamina to become one of the top five wineries in Israel. Binyamina produces about 3 million bottles of kosher wine annually.

The winery is located at the foothills of Mount Carmel in the picturesque town of Binyamina, from which the winery draws its name. As most common in Israel, the winery gets its grapes from different wine regions in the country and thus offers a wide range of quality wines, from the Special Reserve to Dessert wines. The internationally known grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Shiraz are the leading varieties at the winery. Being in the avant-garde, Binyamina spurs many new innovations within the Israeli wine market and was the first winery to introduce Viognier and Tempranillo. Many visitors flock to the winery that boasts a very impressive and highly modern cellar.

Galil Mountain winery was founded in 2000 and is a joint-venture between the prestigious Golan Heights Winery and the local kibbutz Yiron. The almost futuristic architecture of the winery, situated in the midst of vineyards a stone’s throw away from the Lebanese border, is impressive and yet functional as well as aesthetically fascinating.

The grapes are exclusively from the surrounding vineyards in the Upper Galilee, considered to be one of the best wine regions in Israel. At an elevation of 600 m, the thin top soil with the predominant lime stone yields distinct and mineral wines. The quest of Galil Mountain winery is to produce terroir-accentuated wines.

Galil Mountain produces about 700.000 bottles of kosher wine annually. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, the winery grows also cooler varietals such as Pinot Noir and Viognier. Galil Mountain has won prestigious awards for its top line wine “Yiron”, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, among them the Gold Medal of Mundus Vini and the 90 points note by Robert Parker.

Recanati Winery was founded in 2000 by a group of wine connoisseurs headed by the Israeli banker Lenny Recanati. The aim was to produce premium quality kosher wine at an affordable price. Substantial investments led the winery to become one of the most modern in Israel. It is currently located at the Hefer Valley but plans are under way to construct a spectacular new winery amidst the vineyards that will also centralize production.

Recanati Winery has its vineyards in some of the best wine regions of Israel, notably in the Upper Galilee (Manara and Kerem Ben Zimra), which is marked by its elevation and cool climate. The grape varietals are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay, but others such as Zinfandel, Barbera and Petite Syrah have distinguished the winery among wine connoisseurs. Recanati produces about 700.000 bottles of kosher wine annually.

Tabor Winery was founded in 1999 and is situated in the Galilee at the foothills of Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus according to Christian tradition. The surrounding vineyards are marked by either iron-rich clay (“Terra Rosa”), lime stone (“Gir”), chalk soil (“Charsit”) or volcanic soil (“Bazelet”). Tabor’s fundamental philosophy is to produce terroir-based wines, hence the names given to their wines. Only the top-line wine, the “Mes’ha”, is a blend from different terroirs. The grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz.

The origins of the winery lie in the vine growers association that decided to make their own wine rather than just sell their grapes. Their love for their land and their vineyards is still palpable in the winery and in the wines. Tabor’s beautiful visitor center presents the four terroirs and blends in the surroundings in a perfect harmony so typical to this winery. Tabor produces about 700.000 bottles of kosher wine annually.

Tulip Winery is probably the only winery in the world that combines social commitment with the making of premium wines. The family Itzhaki founded the winery in the year 2000 in the Kfar Tikva community for the mentally disabled, some of them employed at the winery. Tulip contributes part of its revenues towards the advancement of the community. A vindication that such commitment can yield top-quality wines is the 90 points note awarded to Tulip’s Syrah Reserve by Robert Parker.

Tulip gets its grapes from different wine regions in Israel: Judean Plain (Karmei Yosef) and Upper Galilee (Kerem Ben Zimra). While its “Just” series is based on single-vineyard grapes, its top series of Reserve and Grand Reserve are selected not for their vineyards but rather for their blending qualities. The grape varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc und Syrah.

With about 80.000 bottles annually Tulip is considered among the small-sized wineries in Israel and distinguishes itself with its non-kosher wine.

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