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Golan Heights Winery

The winery is located in the small town of Katzrin in the Golan Heights (Syria), which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. It was founded in 1983 and is owned by Galilee and Golan Heights Vineyards, Inc. This is a partnership of seven settlements on the Golan Heights and one in the lower Galilee. The CEO is Shalom Blayer, cellar master Victor Schoenfeld, a graduate of the University of California. The vineyards comprise over 600 hectares of vines on volcanic basalt soils at an altitude of between 400 and 1,200 metres above sea level. There are 15 vineyards on the Golan Heights and one in the lower Galilee. They are planted with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Muscat d'Alexandrie, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah

The wines are marketed under the Gamla, Golan and Yarden labels. Traditional methods are used in combination with modern technology. To a large extent, kosher products are also produced in accordance with strict religious laws. The light red wines are vinified using the Macération carbonique method, while the premium white and red wines are aged in American and French barriques. Sparkling wines are also produced using the Champagne method. Around 380,000 cases of wine are produced annually. About a fifth of this is exported worldwide to 25 countries in the USA, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Far East.

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