The aerial line between the two plots is approximately 3 km. Our vineyards, planted in the mountains of Jerusalem and facing the Mediterranean Sea, enjoy a combination of hot summers and chilled sea breezes. During the winter, precipitation is well above average (about 700 mm). Some snow may fall during the winter in this area, but there are no actual snowstorms. Professor Amos Hadas, award winning author of ‘The Vine & Wine: Archaeology of The Land of Israel’, placed our vineyards much further north of their actual location, as per the microclimate in the region. Our soil is a combination of terra rossa, clay and limestone: a rocky and airy soil that allows water to seep through it with ease, an important attribute as most of the vineyards are planted on a slope.
This is the soil of a truly ideal “wine country”, very similar to the grounds of some of the best vineyards in the world.
During the summer, the average temperature is much lower than that typical to our geographical latitude, and it is accompanied by a frequent northwest breeze. The nights are damp and chilly, while the days are very dry: these are ideal conditions that prevent mold from forming on the grapes. The temperature fluctuation between day and night is approximately 10 degrees Celsius, and can reach even 16 degrees during the months of ripening. The climate in the region is especially favorable for reaching the right amount of phenolic maturity and acidity in the grapes.
Our 400 acres are divided as follows, according to vine variants: Cabernet Sauvignon – 140 acres; Merlot – 140 acres; Petit Verdot – 45 acres; Cabernet Franc – 15 acres; Malbec – 15 acres; and Chardonnay – 45 acres.