Golan Heights winery is a quality leader for wine in Israel. Since 1983 they’ve made wine from the Golan Heights which has climatic conditions comparable to Tuscany and Bordeaux.
A beautifully rich, plush and silky Merlot. Plenty of plums, raisins and ripe red berries. Savoury elements of smoke, oak and earth are evident too. Drink this wine over the next five years and match it with some lamp chops.
Comprises Israel’s two finest quality wine growing regions: the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights. These are high altitude, cooler climate.
The Upper Galilee is a mountainous area of forests, plunging peaks and stony ridges. It is Israel’s most beautiful vineyard region and features heavy, well drained soils. Close to the northern border with Lebanon, not so far from the Bekaa Valley.
The area of vineyards in the Lower Galilee is situated at Kfar Tabor, near Mount Tabor. Here elevations are 200 to 400 meters. Soils vary between volcanic and limestone. Just over 10% of the Galilee’s vineyards lie in the Lower Galilee.
The Golan Heights is a volcanic plateau rising to 1,200 meters above sea level. First planted in 1976 it achieved acclaim in the 1990s. The area benefits from cool breezes from the snow covered Mount Hermon. There are three distinct sub regions.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.