June 20th 2014
Established in the year 2000 in partnership with the well-established Golan Heights Winery, the Galil Mountain Winery was born from a marriage of tradition and contemporary winemaking technology. Its location, at the top of one of Israel’s most dramatic mountain ranges, represents the reestablishment of fertile ground where vineyards were cultivated 2,000 years ago. Unlike other wineries, whose vineyards are often situated relatively far from the processing plant, Galil Mountain grows and cultivates 12 different kinds of grapes in six different vineyards, all nearby. This proximity allows winemakers to select grapes at the peak of maturity.
Another aspect of Galil Mountain that distinguishes it from other wineries is the way they’ve built their entire facility to maximize the guest’s experience. Management likes to say that Galil Mountain Winery offers its visitors “a total sensual experience.” Each step you’ll take through the stainless steel vat room, the modern wine press and the oak barrel rooms will be accompanied by a view of the breathtaking Upper Galilee landscape that surrounds the winery. Each guided tour also includes a film about the winemaking process at Galil Mountain and an opportunity to taste the award-winning wines produced there. If you’re traveling with a group of at least 20 people, the winery is happy to arrange a lunch and tour package for your group.
After the formal tour, an extremely wide selection of wines, accessories and other boutique items in the facility’s Wine Shop. Enjoy the Galil Mountain Winery wine stem that you’ll be able to take home as a souvenir. Once you find a wine you love, you’ll be pleased to know that Galil Mountain wines are exported and sold in wine shops and served in fine restaurants in North America, Europe and Asia.
A common thread among Israeli wine companies is the desire to renew ancient winemaking traditions. This is often accomplished by establishing wineries in regions of Israel that possess long histories of wine production. Many of the most celebrated newer wineries in Israel are reclaiming the ancient Israelite practice of planting vineyards and making wine in the exact regions where predecessors engaged in similar activities in ancient times, combining historical locations with modern winemaking techniques and technologies. The Galil Mountain Winery is arguably the most poignant example of this phenomenon.