“Even before one vine was planted in the winerys vineyards, Lenny Recanati and Uri Shaked had already planted the dream.” The dream was to bring quality wines to connoisseurs in Israel and overseas and to make Recanati Winery synonymous with international excellence in the world of wine.
Lenny Recanati and Uri Shaked, now at the forefront of the Israeli wine industry, began their journey in 2000 and are improving all the time. They and their winemaking team share a common vision and a font of inspiration – to produce local, Israeli wine that will express the regions special terroir. Like a unique fingerprint belonging exclusively to Recanati Winery wines. In the early years, Recanatis winemaking team studied the classic international varieties, examining – harvest after harvest – the ideal quality and the best growing areas to distill their clearest Israeli flavor and expression. But it was only after a few years, during a night harvest in 2007, that they came up with a revolutionary idea. Wine production that would articulate a combination of classic and Mediterranean varieties. After the Mediterranean revolution – in which Recanati Winery was a major player with its Wild Carignan Wine – along came another breakthrough: wine produced from the Marawi variety. An authentic Israeli variety, 3,000 years old, that grew wild in a very special vineyard.
The pursuit of excellence and innovative experiments are the heart and soul of Recanati Winery and these examples are just a sip of what wine lovers can expect in the future. Behind every Recanati Winery logo is a boutique wine giving total expression to its regionality. Genuine Mediterranean wine that never fails to excite with every flavor. And today, after many years of investment, passion and love, it is no coincidence that Recanati wines are winning awards, compliments and high scores from the most influential and important wine critics in the world.
Recanati Winery was established in 2000 by Lenny Recanati and Uri Shaked. Their aim was to create a new winery which would produce original, quality Israeli wine. The winerys philosophy is to produce local and original wines, wines that will best express the local terroir.
Winemakers Gil Shatsberg and Kobi Arviv spearhead the winemaking process. Shatsberg, a UC Davis graduate, acquired vast experience through his work in some of Californias leading vineyards – including the Trefethen Vineyards in Napa and Jordan Winery in Sonoma – as well as in top Israeli wineries, including the founding of the Amphora Winery.
Arviv, began his career in the winery in 2006, and gradually learned the wine world by himself. He was appointed winemaker in 2011. A talented and original winemaker, Arviv believes in matching Mediterranean varieties to the Israeli climate. The winery has vineyards in the best growing areas in the country, and is very particular about growing unique Mediterranean varieties such as Petite Sirah, Marselan and Carignan and local varieties (Marawi), while simultaneously nurturing classic international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and others.
The winery is proud of its unprecedented achievements in recent years, both locally and internationally. However, we are not resting on our laurels and continue to cultivate new vineyards, conduct research in agriculture and wine, and – most importantly – we produce wine with great passion and a constant drive to improve and give maximum expression to the wonderful Israeli terroir at our disposal. Recanati Winery, the Symbol of Excellence.