An Israeli winery is making wine from a nearly extinct species of indigenous grapes used in biblical winemaking thousands of years ago.
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In recent years there has been renewed interest in researching our region’s local grapes, varieties from which wine was produced thousands of years ago – in the times of Jesus, the Romans and King David. During the Mameluke and later the Ottoman periods, the local authorities forbade the preparation of wine and so the local wine industry suffered a serious setback. Local grape varieties that had been used to make wine gradually became extinct and only a few grape varieties – seemingly tasty to eat as well – barely survived. Recanati Winery is proud to be the first winery to restore the ancient Marawi variety to wine glasses in Israel and the world. We produced only 2,480 bottles from the first 2014 harvest and the wine boasts a score of 90 points from renowned wine critic, Robert Parker, in “Wine Advocate”. The winery is currently working on producing other local varieties.
Grape Variety: 100% Marawi
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are handpicked in mid-September and transferred in refrigeration to the winery. There they are destemmed and crushed. The wine ferments and ages sur lies in year-old French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: The wine is citrusy, with a wonderful acidity and distinct minerality. This wine is a pure, ancient and candid expression of the Israeli terroir.
Vineyards: Judean Hills – Bethlehem. The grapes are harvested mid-September from an unwatered vineyard, and grown using the traditional trellising method known as “Hebron Overhead Arbor.”