Modern wine-making in an ancient region

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.”

Revelation Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Revelation  Cabernet (formerly Majestique) grew on a canyon hillside on terra rosa  soil 850 meters above sea level.

Amona Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

100% Cabernet. The Amona vineyards are 900m above sea level. The wine is deep purple-black; it offers tastes of plums and warm blackberries, pleasant tannins and a long finish.

Revelation Reserve Blend 2017

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10%  Malbec, 7% Petite Verdot Expressive, powerful aromas and flavors, along  with a bold structure and density.

Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Vineyards 2018

100% Cabernet. This Cabernet shows classic  black currant, black cherry and plum flavors with notes of black pepper, licorice and chocolate. Fine persistent tannins and crisp acidity provide balance to the wine’s lovely concentration... MORE

Valley Gate Marselan 2016

100% Marselan. The wine has dark cherry  fruit and classic notes of creme brulee, butterscotch, coffee and  bittersweet chocolate. The aromatics are accented by a soft and creamy  mouthfeel.

Cliff View Carignan 2019

100% Carignan. Opulent with flavors of  blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, white pepper and nutmeg. The dark  fruit flavors linger through the long graceful finish.

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