Let’s go guys and explore which are the best wineries of the Golan Heights! But first, let’s start with the fact that Israel has been blessed with climatic conditions for growing excellent wine grapes. A small country in Asia, between Europe and Africa that enjoys diverse climatic conditions that allow the production of wines in different techniques. The winter is cold and rainy. So the vineyard is in a winter coma, the spring is warm and pleasant, then the vine awakens, blooms and blooms; the summer is blessed with spectacular sunny days. As a result, the grapes ripen and the harvest begins and the autumn begins to cool; the harvest ends and the vine returns to rest.
The Golan contains some of the highest elevated vineyards in Israeli-controlled territory, with vineyards planted upwards of 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) from the Sea of Galilee towards Mount Hermon. There are seven Israeli wineries in the Golan Heights that cultivate a total of 1,600 acres (647 ha). Now let’s go and explore the very best wineries of the Golan!
Best Wineries of the Golan: Pelter Winrey
So Pelter Winery was founded in 2001 by Tal Pelter, who studied in Australia, to which his brother Nir is a member. It was established in Moshav Tzofit in the central area. But in 2005 it moved to Kibbutz Ein Zivan in the Golan Heights. In addition in the 2002 vintage, 4,000 bottles were made. Then in 2009, about 80,000 bottles were produced. Furthermore, the winery produces two series of wines: T-Selection and Pelter. Since 2008, the “T” flagship series has been added. In addition, the winery produces kosher wines under the Matar Winery brand. Wine critic Daniel Rogov rated Pelter Winery as the eighth largest winery in Israel (2011), Shlomo Papirblatt ranked it second in Israel in the boutique wineries category (2009). In 2017, Pelter Winery has grown significantly in recent years; producing more than one hundred thousand bottles a year.
Best Wineries of the Golan: Ortal Winery Kibbutz Ortal
Ortal Winery was founded in Kibbutz Ortal in 2009. It started as an initiative of a kibbutz member; who after several years of wine production as an amateur turned a passion into a profession. Over the years the winery has undergone a number of incarnations and homes and today the winery is run by Naama Sorkin, a veteran winemaker; who has joined Kibbutz Ortal ranks. In addition, the winery is located among the vineyards; overlooking the spectacular Golan Heights, and produces about 30,000 bottles a year from 40 dunams planted in 2010 including the varieties Sauvignon Blanc; Viognier, Syrah; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
Best Wineries of the Golan: Château Golan
Château Golan is an Israeli winery established in 1999 and is one of Israel’s most extravagant. In addition, it is located in southern Golan Heights; near the point where the Yarmuk River and wadi Ruqqad meet. Also, the winemaker is Uri Hetz. The winery features a French-style Château, built from basalt; which is also used for art exhibitions. Furthermore, the winery grows thirteen grape types; including Bordelaise varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc; and Petit Verdot; Mediterranean varieties of French and Spanish origin: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Petite Syrah, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, and Viognier; and the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional. Production is about 75,000 bottles annually.