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Noah/Hevron Heights Winery

From: www.abarbanel.com

Nestled in the rolling Judean Hills in Qiryat Arba, overlooking the holy Jewish shrine of Marat HaMachpelah (the Tomb of the Patriarchs) sits the newly constructed Noah/Hevron Heights Winery. The Noah/Hevron Heights Winery is the brainchild and inspiration of a group of dedicated and committed French Jewish immigrants to Israel - to bring kosher winemaking back to the original site of Jewish habitation in the Land of Israel .

The Tomb of the Patriarchs is the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah, patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. The Torah (Bible) recounts in Genesis that Abraham purchased the field and cave of Machpelah in Hevron from Ephron the Hittite in the presence of the elders of the city for a substantial sum of silver currency as a burial ground for his family. The Torah also recounts how Joseph, as Viceroy of Egypt brought his father Jacob back from there to be buried at Machpelah.

The current building housing the Tomb was constructed in the First Century C.E. by Herod the Great, King of Judea from the same Jerusalem stone quarried for the Temple and still visible at the Western Wall in Jerusalem . The Tomb is the only fully intact structure from Second Temple times over 2,000 years ago. The Tomb is considered Judaism's second holiest site after the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

  We are proud to offer a dazzling array of superb wines from the Noah/Hevron Heights Winery: Tevel wines feature the natural world - the wildlife of ancient Israel is celebrated on the front labels of the Noah/Hevron Heights Tevel wines. There are a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Merlot and a Cabernet-Merlot blend of 60 percent Cab and 40 percent Merlot. All grapes for these wines come from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem and each of these wines have been barrel aged for 12 months in new French Oak. All three are Mevushal, O-U Certified and also under the supervision of the Badatz of Yoreh Deiah and the Rabbinate of Qiryat Arba and Hevron.

The grapes for these wines have benefited from the warm sun of the Judean Mountains and the cool gentle breezes coming from the Mediterranean , allowing the fruit to reach its full potential. Look for ripe, concentrated fruit flavors with hints of berries, cherries and plums. Enjoy with roasted meats and poultry. Should retail for around $15 to $17.

Gedeon Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for this wonderful Cab hail from the foothills of the JudeanMountains , South and East of Jerusalem in Bet Shemesh. This wine features forward fruit along with toasted vanilla and tobacco notes from the French Oak Barrels. Excellent with pasta, grilled meat, pizza or curry dishes. Mevushal! Suggested retail of around $14.

La Villa. Classic dry red wine La Villa, quality superior, blended from perfect grades of grapes. It is characterized with bright fruit aroma and rich taste. Wine is made by the Jewish tradition on the French equipment of the grapes collected in area Beit-Shemesh. This new wine perfectly approaches both to plentifully covered tables and by usual dinners and picnics.

 

Village Superior .11% Vol., Classic dry red wine Village Superior, quality superior, blended from perfect grades of grapes. It is characterized with bright fruit aroma and rich taste. Wine is made by the Jewish tradition on the French equipment of the grapes collected in area Beit-Shemesh. This new wine perfectly approaches both to plentifully covered tables and by usual dinners and picnics.

 

Jerusalem Heights Cabernet-Merlot . Also produced from grapes from Bet-Shemesh, Jerusalem Heights is a sophisticated blend of 50 percent Cabernet S auvignon and 50 percent Merlot grown at high elevation (950 meters) in the mountains surrounding Jerusalem . Aged for 18 months in new French and American Oak Barrels and then carefully brought together to produce one of Israel 's most outstanding Bordeaux-inspired blends. Non-filtered. The wine features lush flavors of cherry, chocolate and black pepper with a finish of aromatic spices. Serve with grilled lamb, duck and prime ribs of beef, steak or veal chops. Non-Mevushal. Recommended retail $36-$40.

Makhpelah Special Reserve. This is a stunning, rich blend of 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 26 percent Merlot and four percent Marzane aged for more than 20 months in the finest French and American Oak Barrels. Only a few hundred cases of this wine have been produced. This wine combines spicy aromas with a touch of vanilla and smoky oak. The well-balanced palate is soft and rich with plum and dark cherry flavors highlighted by fine tannins. Can be aged for quite a few years if stored on its side in a cool, dark and humidity-free place. Enjoy this wine with excellent cuisine. Packed six bottles to a case. Non-Mevushal. Will retail for around $60, will be hard to get and worth every penny.

French Winery in Hebron
As featured in Atmosphere El Al's in-flight magazine
December, 2005

In the heart of the Judean region, just South of Jerusalem, at 1078 meters above sea level is the Hevron Heights Winery founded by Michel P. Murciano.

The intersection of climates in this region -- cool mountain temperatures, breezes from the coastline and hot dry air from the Negev Desert -- make this an ideal site for growing grapes.

However, the volatile political climate, which often thunders the sky with a display of fire power between the Palestinians and Israelis, make Murciano's venture very daring to say the least.

Michel Murciano was born in Casablanca , Morocco . His uncle was the owner of a big winery in the traditional area of Barkan, and his father sold bottled wine to the French. After the Six Day War in 1967, the security of Morocco 's Jews was no longer certain, and nine year old Michel immigrated with his family to Paris .

His father left the wine industry and as Michel grew he learned photography and established a successful advertising firm, never considering he would return to the family's traditional occupation.

He was not, however, surprised at the age of 40 finding himself in Israel . After all, he was raised in a traditional Jewish family that spoke often and in yearning of visiting and living in Israel . This bold step became even more natural once he fell in love with an Israeli woman.

Then everything fell into place, and he began his life's greatest adventure -- the founding of a French-style winery in the disputed territories.

The Hevron Heights Winery is built on a French model that combines the most advanced technologies with French winemaking tradition. Its wine production is supervised by Francois Raynal. Success was quick to follow in international wine exhibitions and among wine critics. Jancis Robinson, a prominent wine writer rated Jerusalem Heights Cabernet Merlot, and Makhpelah wines as her two favorites out of 47 Israeli wines ( Jerusalem Heights Cabernet/Merlot (50/50) "More transparent in every way than most. Broad, confident, well balanced - tasted so savory it could almost have contained some Syrah. Really interesting (I suppose it was intrigue that many of these other wines lacked, not technical competence)" Makhpelah Special Reserve '01 “Good ripe fruit with a bit more punch than the Jerusalem Heights ”).

Murciano's deep belief in the link between wines, local history and Israel is also expressed by his selection of biblical names for their wines.

 

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