HANDCRAFTED WINES OF ISRAEL
Handcrafted Wines of Israel are an elite, prestige group of boutique wineries and cult wines. Adam Montefiore is the partner of Oded Shoham, who gathered together the group. They represent some of the finest of Israeli winemaking today. The wineries are as follows:
BAR-MAOR WINERY, Mt. Carmel
A winery owned by architect Rami Bar-Maor. Bar-Maor believes in minimalist, non-intervention winemaking, allowing the terroir to express itself through its wines.
CLOS DE GAT, Judean Hills
A beautiful winery created by owner winemaker Eyal Rotem, who spent a number of years in Australia. It is one of a very few genuine estate wineries in the country and is regarded as one of Israel’s finest wineries.
GROS WINERY – SHOHAM WINES, Upper Galilee
This is a garagiste winery on the Nahalim Moshav and the grapes come from the Kadita Vineyard. The wines are a joint venture with Oded Shoham. (Kosher.)
KEREM MONTEFIORE, Judean Hills
The winery commemorates the vision of Sir Moses Montefiore, the first person to urge a return to agriculture and the planting of vineyards in Israel. The winery was founded by Arnon Geva, co-founder of Castel, and Rachel and David Montefiore, the first Israeli Montefiores. (Kosher.)
MARGALIT WINERY, Upper Galilee, Mt. Carmel
Margalit Winery is producer of Israel’s first cult wines. Yair Margalit, winemaker, educator, author and consultant, is one of the founding fathers of the Israel quality wine revolution. His son Assaf Margalit, is one of Israel’s best winemakers of the new generation.
VIGNOBLES JACQUES CAPSOUTO, Western Galilee
New York restaurateur Jacques Capsouto planted his vineyard near Pekiin in the Western Galilee. He specializes in Rhone varieties and Mediterranean blends, which he considers most suitable for the Israeli terroir. (Kosher.)
The private wines of two esteemed winemakers are also part of Handcrafted Wines of Israel: YAACOV ORYAH WINES (Judean Plain), including his Alpha Omega label and THE FERTILE CRESCENT (Judean Foothills), an individual expression by Sam Soroka.