Yarden Golan Heights Winery

The Wine Revolution of Golan Heights Winery

The Wine Revolution of Golan Heights Winery

Leipzig/Tel Aviv, March 2009: The Golan Heights Winery founded in 1983 in northeast Israel has brought about the quality revolution of Israeli wines a quarter of a century ago. As the largest exporter of the country, Golan Heights enjoys excellent reputation the world over.

The soil, the topography and the climate - the Golan Heights offer unique conditions for wine grapes cultivation: Dry volcanic soil, gentle slopes, rolling hills, mountains with elevations between 400-1200 meters, moderate Mediterranean weather with ideal differentials of day and night temperatures, dry summers and even snow in winter. Back in 1970 the first vineyards were planted and in 1983 four Kibbutz-type and four Moshav-type settlements founded the Golan Heights Winery. Their chief winemaker Victor Schoenfeld and his team of wine experts always emphasized combining wine experience from the old and the new world. The winery has made large investments in state of the art technical equipment and the cellars are among the most modern in the country. The winery is located on a magnificent hill overlooking the town of Katzrin.

Golan Heights Winery produces its wines under three labels, all of them Kosher: Yarden, Gamla and Golan. Among the specialties are the sparkling wine and several dessert wines, notably the Yarden Heights Wine, and Eiswein made from Gewürtztraminer grapes.

The winery cultivates many varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Johannisberg Riesling, Muscat Canelli, and Gewürztraminer. Golan Heights has recently started to experiment also with Nebbiolo and Malbec.

The winery’s vineyards cover an area of about 600 hectares and the annual production in 2008 reached 6 million bottles. Thirty percent of these wines are presently exported to some 30 countries around the world. The many international awards that Golan Heights has won at contests such as Mundus Vini, Vinitaly, Vinexpo, World Wine Championship and the International Wine and Spirit Competition, is yet another proof that Golan Heights rightly deserves its title “The Land of Wines”.

Enjoy the rich assortment of Golan Heights wines and meet its winemakers at the Israel joint stand in Hall 6 (stand G60) at the ProWein Exhibition 2009 in Düsseldorf.

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