Leading the way in creating and nurturing the fine wine culture in Israel is more than just a slogan – it’s a way of life for each and every one of us at Golan Heights Winery.
Our mission begins with an in-depth study of our terroir, continues with our distinct winemaking philosophy, and culminates in the production of outstanding wines for discerning wine enthusiasts across the globe.
Combining state-of-the-art winegrowing technologies and traditional winemaking techniques, Golan Heights Winery has succeeded in producing award-winning wines that have firmly placed Israel on the international wine map.
Soil. Topography. Climate.
One place in Israel enjoys ideal conditions, as in Bordeaux or Tuscany,
for producing internationally renowned wines. Here in the Golan Heights, in this breathtaking strip of land, everything begins with the right conditions – volcanic basaltic soil, suitable topography and cool high-altitude climate. This unique combination is what gives the Golan Heights its second name – “wine country.”
Golan Heights Winery marketing its wines under four leading brands – Yarden, Gamla, Mount Hermon and Golan. The Winery is considered Israel’s leading winery when it comes to wine quality, technological innovation, and new variety development.
Since it was founded in 1983, Golan Heights Winery has played a significant role in developing and nurturing Israel’s current wine culture. The Winery also has altered the way Israeli wines are perceived worldwide, and has firmly placed Israel on the world wine map.
Victor Schoenfeld, Chief Winemaker
A respected industry professional widely credited for leading Israel’s quality wine revolution, Victor Schoenfeld has served as Head Winemaker of Golan Heights Winery since 1992. Managing the Wine Department, Victor is responsible for all winegrowing and wine production activities. Before joining Golan Heights Winery, Victor worked at Champagne Jacquesson & Fils, the esteemed 200-year-old Champagne house in France. Prior to that, he worked at a number of prominent California wineries including the acclaimed Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma Valley, and the internationally renowned Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley. A native of California, Victor earned his degree in Enology (Fermentation Science) at the University of California, Davis.