Golan Heights Wine

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The Golan Heights is a wine region in Israel with very high elevations that live up to its name. It is often considered a subregion of the larger Galilee, covering the Sea of Galilee to Mount Hermon. This is considered one of the most favorable grape growing zones in the country because these high slopes benefit from cooler microclimates in the summer months compared to the often blazing hot territory surrounding it. For this reason, many of the top boutique and corporate wineries in Israel are located here. Of course, as things are in this part of the world, not only do producers have to deal with the day to day struggles of wine production, but also challenges from ongoing political strife. 

Wine production has traditionally leaned toward French grapes and styles, but is becoming increasingly more experimental and New World. Grapes grown run the gamut from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, etc. to Pinot Noir, Muscat, Viognier, Mourvedre, Grenache and even Tempranillo Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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