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Chateau de Galilee
Chateau de Galilee is the fruition of a dream of Yossi Ben Odis - the most experienced sommelier in Israel. As a 12 year old boy, Yossi worked in a winery’s warehouse to finance horseback riding - his passion at the time. Yossi dreamed of a wine series of his own that would encourage wine production in the Galilee and would create more jobs in northern Israel.
Today, Chateau de Galilee wines are made from quality grapes which they grow and manually harvest from Galilee-based vineyards.
DS Tayman single malt Scotch Whisky is the product of many years’ knowledge, thought and development. With nearly two decades in the alcohol industry, Director of Malts Danny Saltman was keen to bring something new to the market. Driven to develop an exceptional collection of whiskies, Danny has travelled the length of Scotland to match choice Scotch Whiskies with hand chosen casks.
As DS Tayman only bottles malt whisky aged in single casks, you can be assured that each limited edition expression has a unique taste profile that cannot be recreated. As the casks are finished in Israeli wine barrels, every bottle is also supervised kosher -- another first for independent bottlers.
Moses Spirits uses the purest, fresh Finnish glacier water, certified as one of the finest in Europe. Naturally organic, the vodka and date
"vodka" is distilled from sugarcane, and is the first ultra premium vodka certified kosher all year round. The trusted name in kosher-for Passover spirits, Moses is now introducing arak and gin!
They are also releasing a Scotch Whisky filtered with pure water from Finland, which offers an unsurpassed value.
In 1999, Professor Ben Ami Bravdo and his former student Professor Oded Shoseyov, both faculty members of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, decided to establish Karmei Yosef Winery that produces BRAVDO wines. Bravdo and Shoseyov’s wealth of knowledge and experience is now translated to the creation of high quality wine.
The vineyards are located at the foot-hills of the majestic village of Karmei Yosef, on the way to Jerusalem. The Shoseyov family began growing grape vines 120 years ago. The cool summer nights and the limestone rich soil at the 50 acre Shoseyov estate are known to have produced fine wine grapes back to the time of Solomon’s kingdom.
A poet and philosopher turned winemaker, Avi Feldstein has become an icon in the Israeli wine industry. His claim to fame is the creation of Segal’s Unfiltered, and Feldstein now is putting his energy into his namesake independent brand.
Avi Feldstein wine is the first kosher release under his name. It includes red and white blends, reflecting the Rhone varietals on which they are based, with an Israeli twist. Award-winning packaging and Avi’s winemaking “magic” present an unprecedented and exclusive limited production in the US.
The Windmill Project
The Windmill Project from Jerusalem Vineyard Wineries pays homage to the historic Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe, home to the winery’s tasting room.
Winemaker Lior Lacser, who studied in France and was at the helm of Carmel Winery for 15 years, embarked on this project in order to showcase the extent of Israel’s viticulture, culminating in the finest examples of winemaking. With a focus on the vineyards and the grapes they produce, the line is designed to represent the best of their kind.
Jerusalem Vineyard Wineries is one of the fastest growing wineries in Israel, producing premium quality wines from the heart of Jerusalem. The winery was established in the old City at the beginning of the 20th century, and since 1976 it has been operating from its current location in north Jerusalem. In the last decade, the winery underwent an extensive upgrade in the cellar and the vineyards, using modern, stateof-the-art equipment and methods, creating high end, quality wines that continue to receive awards and recognition, locally and internationally. Today, the winery produces approximately 3 million bottles annually and is considered one of the largest and leading wineries in Israel.
When winemaker Hillel Manne moved to Beit El in 1996 he asked about agricultural land. He was told that the shallow Terra Rosa soil on limestone, coupled with harsh winters, made agriculture here unlikely. That was when he got excited.
With his experience managing the vineyard at Israel’s Kibbutz Shaalavim and studying agriculture at the University of California, he had a gut feeling that he was onto some excellent wine territory. He was right. Israel’s warm climate ensures the right sugar level, and the cool evenings of Beit El (altitude: 2,854 feet) produce excellent acid retention. The result is grapes maturing with the perfect balance between sugar and acid, a balance that preserves the wine naturally for years.
Winemaking is hardly new here though. Ancient winemakers poured their fermenting grape juice into clay jugs and stored them in the many caves around Beit El. As Hillel tells his guests, “We have an unsurpassed tradition to live up to.”
This saying symbolizes the traditional-modern approach with which this winery operates today. Although the winery is most definitely a commercial and progressive enterprise, a meticulous eye is always still kept on the grapes, which are cultivated and handpicked in their vineyards. The geographic locations of the vineyards have been carefully chosen from the optimal vine-growing regions in the country - from Sde Boker in the south, to the Golan Heights in the north.
The variations in the different soils and climates are reflected in each one of the wines, promoting their individuality. The barrels used for aging many of the wines are produced from both French and American oak. The oak wood forests from which the barrels come are carefully selected in order to determine the diversity in flavor and aroma that each region has to offer. This advantage gives consumers the option to enjoy wines with varied styles and characters.
The Contessa project is a collection of superior Italian wines from many regions of Italy, focusing on typical varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Moscato and Prosecco. The line offers a range of prices, from entry level to reserve wines.
The wineries included in this project bring their unique style of wine making while sharing the core values of the Contessa label - quality, value, character and love of wine.