HANDCRAFTED WINES OF ISRAEL
The original Handcrafted Wines of Israel (HWI) was founded by Adam Montefiore, with the help of Oded Shoham. It was the first time Israeli wineries worked together to advance Brand Israel.
The new HWI are an elite, prestige group of boutique wineries and cult wines, gathered together by Oded Shoham. They represent some of the finest of Israeli winemaking today. The wineries are as follows:
BAR-MAOR WINERY, Mt. Carmel
A winery owned by architect Rami Bar-Maor. Bar-Maor believes in minimalist, non-intervention winemaking, allowing the terroir to express itself through its wines.
CLOS DE GAT, Judean Hills
A beautiful winery created by owner winemaker Eyal Rotem, who spent a number of years in Australia. It is one of a very few genuine estate wineries in the country and is regarded as one of Israel’s finest wineries.
GROS WINERY – SHOHAM WINES, Upper Galilee
This is a garagiste winery on the Nehalim Moshav and the grapes come from the Kadita Vineyard. The wines are a joint venture with Oded Shoham. (Kosher.)
MARGALIT WINERY, Upper Galilee, Mt. Carmel
Margalit Winery is producer of Israel’s first cult wines. Yair Margalit, winemaker, educator, author and consultant, is one of the founding fathers of the Israel quality wine revolution. His son Assaf Margalit, is one of Israel’s best winemakers of the new generation.
MONTEFIORE WINDMILL, JERUSALEM, Judean Hills
Boutique, handcrafted wines made by winemaker Sam Soroka of Jerusalem Vineyard Winery. This is to to celebrate the tasting room opened at the Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim / Yemin Moshe, by the winery. This winery has roots that go back to the Old City of Jerusalem. It remains the last winery in Jerusalem. (Kosher.)
STERN WINERY, Western & Upper Galilee, Golan Heights
Stern Winery is a family, boutique winery owned by Johnny Stern, situated at Tuval Kibbutz in the Western Galilee. The winery is a pioneer of the Western Galilee. (Kosher & non kosher)
VIGNOBLES JACQUES CAPSOUTO, Upper Galilee
New York restaurateur Jacques Capsouto planted his vineyard near Pekiin in the Galilee. He specializes in Rhone varieties and Mediterranean blends, which he considers most suitable for the Israeli terroir. (Kosher.)
Rare expressions are occasionally available from YAACOV ORYAH WINES (Judean Plain) and THE FERTILE CRESCENT (Mt. Carmel), an individual wine made by Sam Soroka. (Both Kosher.)
SINDYANNA OF GALILEE Non-profit Fair Trade venture led by Israeli women, Arabs and Jews, to create social change and enhance cooperation. Situated in Kfar Cana, they produce and export award winning extra virgin olive oils. (Kosher.)