I am bubbling over with pride and for very good reason. The winery I’ve worked for for two years, the Golan Heights Winery, just won top honors – the best wine producer in the world – at the Vinitaly International Wine Competition in Verona.
This is awesome, such a coup for Israel, for the winery, for a “new world” winery that is so young (founded in 1983), etc.
The award is given to the producer that has the highest points – tallied from those who have won first prize in at least two individual wine categories. The two wines that swept their category from the Golan Heights were the 2009 Yarden Chardonnay Odem Organic Vineyard and the 2008 Yarden HeightsWine (dessert Gewurtztraminer).
The Golan Heights Winery beat over 1,000 other producers from over 30 countries who submitted over 3,000 wines. This competition is commonly referred to as the “World Cup” of wine, and it means a great deal that Israel has won. We’re serious players in the wine world, and now the world, all the world, will recognize it. No more will I wander Europe and have people not know that Israel makes wine at all.
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