Handcrafted Wines of Israel (HWI) was founded by Adam Montefiore in 2003. It was a milestone moment, being the first time ever that Israeli wineries worked together to advance Brand Israel. It has proved to be an inspiration to those contemplating future groupings of regions or wineries.
The consortium was made up of an elite range of ten boutique wineries covering different wine regions and wine making styles. Its purpose was to market the wines in export markets worldwide and it included some of Israel’s very finest small wineries.
The participating wineries were: Amphorae Vineyards, Bazelet Hagolan Winery, Chillag Winery, Domaine du Castel, Flam Winery, Hamasrek Winery, Margalit Winery, Saslove Winery, Tzora Vineyards and Yatir Winery.
When HWI was established, Adam Montefiore was assisted by friend and colleague, Oded Shoham and they worked together to advance this innovative and unique project.
The new and current Handcrafted Wines of Israel is made up of a prestige group of boutique wineries gathered together by Oded Shoham, now of the Israel Wine Experience. From 2016, he was assisted by Adam Montefiore. In this instance, the wines were marketed in the local market, within Israel.
The unchanging core of the group until today, are the wines of Margalit Winery, Clos de Gat and Gros Winery – Shoham Wines. The wineries, brands and companies that have been part of HWI at different times, since 2016, are as follows:
BAR-MAOR WINERY, Coastal Plain
A minimalist, non intervention winery situated in Binyamina.
CLOS DE GAT, Judean Hills
A genuine estate winery next to Harel Kibbutz.
GROS WINERY – SHOHAM WINES, Upper Galilee
A garagiste winery on the Nehalim Moshav. (k)
KEREM MONTEFIORE, Judean Hills An innovative start-up winery. (k)
MARGALIT WINERY, Upper Galilee, Coastal Plain
Producer of Israel’s first cult wines. Situated in Binyamina.
MONTEFIORE WINDMILL, Judean Hills
Boutique wines made by Jerusalem Vineyard Winery. (k)
STERN WINERY, Western Galilee, Golan Heights
Family winery situated at Tuval Kibbutz. (k)
VIGNOBLES JACQUES CAPSOUTO, Upper Galilee
Specialist in Rhone varieties and Med blends. (k)
SINDYANNA OF GALILEE OLIVE OIL Fair Trade venture led by Arab & Jewish women. (k)