Israel : The Golan Heights Winery

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Did you ever heard about Yarden wines ? Golan ? Galil ?                                                                         I’m sure you did ! Most famous Israeli winery at the moment  !

Let’s learn a little bit more about this amazing winery :

THE VINEYARDS

Distinct Terroir
A winegrowing region is shaped by its soil, topography and climate. The Golan Heights – thanks to its volcanic basaltic soil, varied topography and cool high-altitude climate – is an ideal region for growing a range of classic high-quality wine varieties.

From the day it was founded, Golan Heights Winery, in both philosophy and actions, has focused on in-depth study and research of the terroir of its region and vineyards. The Winery is continuously analyzing the impact of our local terroir on the way various varieties grow and realize their latent potential. This is done in a continuous, multifaceted and dynamic learning process requiring significant investment, including the development of unique technological methods, while leveraging our experience and creativity.

Individual Attention
Our 28 vineyards, which cover over 600 hectares (1,500 acres) are divided into some 400 blocks (as of the 2012 harvest). The fruit of each block is cared for individually as the grapes are grown, harvested and brought to the winery. The grapes from each block is stored and handled separately throughout the winemaking process until the wine’s character and final blend are determined.

The main objective of our work in the vineyards is to characterize and classify the blocks according to several key parameters. As each block offers different growing conditions, each produces grapes with a distinctly unique set of characteristics.

Topography
96% of the winery’s vineyards are located in the Golan Heights within a strip of land 65 kilometers (40 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide. These vineyards range in altitude from 400 meters (1,300 feet) at Geshur, up to almost 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) at Odem. With its extremely varied climatic and topographic conditions, the Golan provides distinctly different characteristics for each vineyard block and grape variety. This enables us to plant different varieties in optimal conditions, resulting in a wide array of attractive flavors, fragrances and bouquets.

Soil
The Golan Heights is a basaltic plateau formed by volcanic eruptions that occurred more than one million years ago, and the specific composition of its soil differs among its various sub-regions. These differences are mainly due to the age of the soil, as well as its origin and development. Soil mapping research, conducted by the Winery in cooperation with the world renowned geologist Dr. Joshua Megger, has begun to teach us how to understand the fascinating diversity of soils in the Golan.

Soil on the Golan’s mountain slopes, for example, developed on a base of tuff. As such, it is well drained at average depths and is not rocky. In the center of the Golan, for the most part we find a shallower and very rocky soil composed of volcanic rock of varied sizes. In the south, the soil is older, very deep, and not as rocky.

Climate
Climate is one of the most influential factors that determine the quality of wine grapes. Fourteen meteorological stations in the Golan and the Upper Galilee gather data and forward it to a single information center. Providing specifics on temperatures, humidity, vaporization levels and more, this detailed data helps inform our decision-making process regarding irrigation and harvesting times for each individual plot.

WINES SERIES

  • The premier label and flagship brand. Each year the finest grapes from the best vineyards are reserved for Yarden wines
  •  Gamla wines are premium, quality aged varietal wines which are fruit forward and expressive

  • The Mount Hermon series of wines offers quality, flavor and accessibility for a highly pleasurable experience.

  • Golan is a brand representing affordable, young, quality wines providing excellent value for money
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