One more gold medal
The joyful message has come from Italy, where the international competition Vinitaly-2004 recently was finished. In a category of dry red wines (1998-1999-2000) the Main Gold medal have received wine Cabernet Sauvignon Galillee-2000 made in city Katzrin (Israel), at a wine factory The Golan Heights Winery.
More than 70 awards on the most prestigious competitions have received wines by this winery.
The Golan Heights Winery produces premium varietals, proprietary blends and traditional method sparkling wines, marketed under the labels "Yarden", "Gamla" and "Golan".
The winery was founded in 1983 and is located in the small town of Katzrin, high up on the Golan Heights. By combining state-of-the-art technology with traditional vinification techniques, the company has succeeded in producing award-winning wines, firmly placing Israel on the international wine map.
In 1984 when the first Yarden and Gamla wines were launched, they were recognized as Israel's first world-class wines. Since then, the Golan Heights Winery has repeatedly won the highest recognition at major international wine exhibitions when competing against fine wines from around the world. The gold medals, awards and certificates that now decorate the winery's hospitality room would satisfy many famous established wineries, let alone one that is only 20 years old. The story began when the Golan Heights was identified as being ideal for the production of premium wine grapes.
The volcanic soil provided excellent drainage, the climate was relatively cool allowing a long growing season, and water was readily available for drip irrigation in the summer. The pioneering moshavs and kibbutzes first planted vines in 1976, and initially the grapes were sold to the large coastal cooperatives. However, local experimental winemaking in 1982 produced results which only underlined the potential and the winery was built the following year.
Now – it is 380,000 cases of premium varietals, proprietary blends and champagne method sparkling wines.18% of domestic market; 38% of Israeli wines exported. 20% of Golan wines exported to 25 countries, including United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East. It has grown out of introduction in manufacture of modern technologies - pneumatic membrane presses, must chiller and computer-controlled cooling of stainless steel tanks - and also careful preservation traditional vinification techniques - including barrel-fermented Chardonnay, Champagne method sparkling wines, carbonic maceration for light reds and maturation in French and American oak barrels for premium red and white wines.
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