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The Golan Heights and Galil Mountain Wineries continue to collect international prizes for their series of quality wines:

6 MEDALS WON AT INTERNATIONAL WINE AWARDS:

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The Golan Heights Winery continues to lead the way in the making of fine wines, winning many medals at international wine events including at the prestigious 2014 Mundus Vini awards held in Germany.

The Galil Mountain is recognized for its superb balance between modernity and tradition, truly setting its wines apart and, as a result, achieving global recognition in international competitions, such as at the Mundus Vini awards.

The Mundus Vini competition is considered one of the most prestigious international wine competitions and the most important wineries from across the world participate in it hoping that international wine experts will judge their wines favorably.

The results of the Mundus Vini competition will be formally awarded at the ProWein 2014 trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Golan Heights &Galil Mountain Wineries participation at the ProWein trade fair has been so frequent in recent years that it has become something of a tradition.

Arnon Harel, marketing manager of the winery said: “It is heartwarming to see that Israeli wines, in general, and the wines of the Golan Heights Winery, in particular, continue to gain international respect and recognition. These awards are for all the people involved in making our wine, from the winemakers andvine growers to all thosewhose love of our wine drives us to continue striving to improve. I promise, that as Israel’sleading winery, we will continue to represent the Israeli wine industry with both respect and honor. Furthermore, we will continue to encourage and enhanceIsrael’s local wine culture both at home and abroad.”

 

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AUSTRALIA : Kangaroos, koalas & Wines !

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Australia is very well known by young globe trotters for fun, working holidays and all the beautiful and amazing landscape !

But since few years now, Australia is becoming famous for wines !

Let me introduce you to the most important australian wine regions : 8 to be precise ! you will find there the oldest Shiraz Region, great pinot noir and more ….

Hunter Valley 

About 2 Hours’ drive from Sydney, The Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Australia : The first vines were planted in 1820. The Hunter Valley Semillon is the main grape variety of the region, but the Hunter also produces wine from a wide variety of grapes including Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Verdelho.

Barossa Valley 

The magic of Barossa Valley’s world-acclaimed wines lies in the diversity of its growing conditions. The Eden Valley produces distinctive cool-climate wine varieties; while the region’s flagship shiraz is grown in the warmer, low-lying areas. Jacob’s Creek was the Barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard and one of the oldest in the region. Penfolds and Seppeltsfield are other iconic Australian wine names found in the Barossa Valley.

Clare Valley 

The Clare Valley’s Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of high quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. It is best known for its Riesling wines, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling by the way.

Mc Laren Vale 

McLaren Vale’s Mediterranean climate has created ideal conditions for grape-growing. Shiraz is the most important variety grown in the region, accounting for about half of the area’s production. The climate and soil produce intense flavoured fruit and wine with a deep purple colour that can last decades in the bottle. The region also specialises in chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and grenache, as well as merlot, sauvignon blanc and riesling. In between tastings, meet the winemakers or take a guided behind-the-scenes tour.

Mornington Peninsula 

The natural topography and mild climate of the region is well suited to wine growing. Many of the vineyards and cellar doors are clustered around Red Hill, Merricks, Balnarring, Moorooduc, Shoreham and Main Ridge. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the hallmark varieties of the region.

Yarra Valley 

The region is renowned for producing Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines.

Margaret River

Margaret River produces some of Australia’s best cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, semillon, sauvignon blanc, merlot and shiraz wines.

Swan Valley 

Many of the 40 wineries from the Swan Valley are small, family operations, where you can chat to the grandchildren of the Croatian and Italian migrants who founded the region in the 1920s. Others are international labels with vast vineyards and state-of-the-art cellars. Swan Valley specialises in verdelho, chenin blanc, chardonnay, shiraz and cabernet varieties and is also renowned for its fortified wines.

READ MORE : http://www.swanvalley.com.au/Home , http://www.visityarravalley.com.au/http://www.barossa.com/wine

FRANCE : Bordeaux

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Bordeaux … Everybody knows what the city of Bordeaux means, right ? : It means World Most Famous Wines …

(And delicious food but it’s not our deal today!)

Let me introduce you to this beautiful region :

REGION : 
The major reason for the success of winemaking in the Bordeaux region is the excellent environment for growing vines. The geological foundation of the region is limestone, leading to a soil structure that is heavy in calcium. The Gironde estuary dominates the regions along with its tributaries, the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, and together irrigate the land and provide an Atlantic Climate, also known as an oceanic climate, for the region.

These rivers define the main geographical subdivisions of the region:

– “The right bank”, situated on the right bank of Dordogne, in the northern parts of the region, around the city of Libourne.

– “Entre-deux-mers”, French for “between two seas”, the area between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne, in the centre of the region.

– “The left bank”, situated on the left bank of Garonne, in the west and south of the region, around the city of Bordeaux itself. The left bank is further subdivided into: Graves, the area upstream of the city Bordeaux.

– “Médoc” , the area downstream of the city Bordeaux, situated on a peninsula between Gironde and the Atlantic.

SOIL :
The soil of Bordeaux is composed of gravel, sandy stone, and clay. The region’s best vineyards are located on the well-drained gravel soils that are frequently found near the Gironde river. An old adage in Bordeaux is the best estates can “see the river” from their vineyards. The majority of land facing riverward is occupied by classified estates.

GRAPES :

– Red Grapes :

MERLOT
Early-ripening Merlot is the most widely-planted grape variety in Bordeaux. It expresses its full potential on cool soils, producing smooth wines with a great deal of colour, roasted aromas, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit (such as plums) and figs after ageing in bottle for several years.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Cabernet Sauvignon is a traditional late-ripening local variety. The gravely soil of the Left Bank provides the necessary warmth for optimum ripening. This grape variety contributes structure to the wines as well as hearty tannins and a flavour profile including liquorice, black fruit (such as blackcurrant), and elegant aromas of forest floor with age.

CABERNET FRANC
Cabernet Franc ripens earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon. It is an excellent complementary grape variety that rarely makes up the majority of the final blend. It adds freshness, finesse, and aromatic complexity as well as hints of raspberry and violet.

– White Grape : 

SAUVIGNON BLANC
Sauvignon Blanc, except in rare instances, is the most important variety for dry white wines. It provides the wines with the necessary acidity as well as minerality, aromatic freshness, and varietal aromas, such as citrus, boxwood, and fig leaves.

SEMILLON
Sémillon is the main grape variety for semi-sweet and sweet white wines and is almost always a component of dry white wines as well. It contributes roundness, richness, and apricot and honey aromas. When affected by «noble rot», it develops an inimitable bouquet.

MUSCADELLE
Muscadelle, which plays a secondary role in the blend for both dry and sweet white wines (generally no more than 10%), is a fragile but very interesting variety with musky floral overtones.

Best Vintages EVER :
2000 – 2005 – 2009 – 2010

LEARN MORE : Read our reviews on those bordeaux wines in our website or in the ” What’s new” category or visit their website for full info http://www.bordeaux.com/uk/wines/selection

USA : California’s Major Wine Regions

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California’s wine country is as diverse as the people and wines that hail from the Golden State. With sun-soaked vineyards as far south as San Diego and as far north as the Oregon border, California’s winegrowing areas cover more than 700 miles and include more than 100 American Viticultural Regions.

Each region produces exceptionally diverse wines, with unique personalities and characteristics derived from the climate, soils and people that produce the wine grapes grown there. The state’s diversity means California produces wines for every palate.

Central Coast – The state’s Central Coast area, including Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, Livermore and Santa Cruz, offers cooling fog and afternoon breezes that are perfect for slow-ripening pinot noir, chardonnay and other fine varietals.

North Coast – The vineyards of California’s northern coast, which includes Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Marin, Mendocino Counties, and more, are known the world over for their exquisite wines.

Sacramento Valley – The valley of Sacramento boasts flavorful grapes thanks to its Mediterranean-style climate. You’ll find thriving vineyards throughout Lodi, Sacramento, Yolo County, Solano County, Stockton and Clarksburg.

San Joaquin Valley – Known as the state’s fruit basket for its agriculturally rich valleys, vineyards in Modesto, Fresno and Madera are known for the dramatic fruitiness of their wines.

Sierra Foothills ­– The vineyards of the Sierra Foothills, which include the regions of El Dorado, Calaveras, Placerville, Murphys, and Amador, are planted in elevations of up to 3,000 feet.

South Coast – Southern California vineyards take advantage of the state’s warm days and cool, misty nights. Notable winegrowing areas in this region include San Diego County, Ventura, Malibu, Temecula, Riverside, Cucamonga and Los Angeles.

 

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