Soil. Topography. Climate. These are the three distinct grape-growing conditions for producing quality wines on an international level. In Israel, such optimal conditions exist in the Golan Heights. Everything in this magical strip of land begins with the right conditions - in the Golan, a combination of volcanic basaltic soil, suitable topography and high altitude resulting in cool climate. This is what gives the Golan Heights its second name: "Wine Country." Over the years, the distinctive wines of the Golan Heights Winery have placed Israel on the world wine map. Since its founding in 1983, the Golan Heights Winery has marketed three leading brands: Yarden, Gamla and Golan. The winery has plaed a significant role in nurturing the country's current wine culture, and has altered the way Israeli wines are perceived worldwide.
Learn More About Cabernet Sauvignon
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the principle grape of the Medoc. It plays a supporting role in the blends of the right bank in regions such as St-Emillion and Pomerol. It also found a very successful home in California - particularly the Napa Valley - where it crafts the classic and cult wines of the region. However, Cabernet is a hearty grape, and has taken well to many regions: South America, Australia, South Africa, Washington State and Italy's Tuscan coast.
Notable Facts The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small berry with a thick skin and a high pip to pulp ratio. This in turn creates a wine high in color, tannin and extract. Typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors include blackberry, cassis, cedar and currant. Because the grape adapts to many different soils and climates, its characteristics truly reflect a sense of place. In Bordeaux you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you'll frequently find ripe fruit flavors upfront. Cabernet Sauvignon crafts wines as a single varietal and as a blending partner, where it can add structure and tannins.
Summing it up Successful Sites: Just about everywhere, particularly Bordeaux and California
Common Descriptors: blackberry, black chery, black currant, cassis, herbs, cedar, tobacco, earth
Learn More About Israel
Quite possibly the region that wine was first drunk (or close to the region), Israel is not on the top of most
lists for best wine regions. In fact, the conditions in the country are perfect for growing grapes, but reasons
such as money, inexperience and apathy have kept the area from becoming a world-wide wine region. That said,
Israel makes some top-notch wines and the amount of vine area continues to increase.
In the late 1800's, Baron Edmond de Rothschild gave a generous donation to wine making in Israel. He also sent
over some French grapes, including Carignan,
Chenin Blanc and
Muscat. These grapes are found growing throughout
the country. There are five main regions in Israel, the two best known being Galilee and Samaria. The region
with the most wineries and wine potential is Galilee. Within Galilee lies Golan Heights, both a sub-region and
a company. As a sub-region, Golan Heights has perfect altitude and soils to grow international varieties and
the wines coming out of the region are excellent. As a company, Golan Heights exports the most wine out of
Israel including Yarden, Gamla and Golan. Other notable producers include Recanati,Tishbi and Barkan. These producers
are making wines that are dry, complex and high-quality.