Golan Heights Winery turns 40 with exclusive Yarden Cru Elite

These limited-edition wines push the "boundaries of winemaking excellence," says Victor Schoenfeld, Golan Heights Winery's head winemaker.

This very limited-edition wine was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Golan Heights Winery. Courtesy: Yarden, Inc.
This very limited-edition wine was created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Golan Heights Winery. Courtesy: Yarden, Inc.

Golan Heights Winery, Israel’s leading producer of quality wines, is proud to announce the debut of Yarden Cru Elite, the first single-vineyard, single-block duo of wines, specially crafted to commemorate the winery’s 40th anniversary. Yarden Cru Elite is produced from 100% cabernet sauvignon grapes, meticulously cultivated in individual blocks from the Bar’on Vineyard. These two limited-edition wines are the first to bear the prestigious Yarden Cru Elite designation, and represent the pinnacle of winemaking quality from Israel.

“At Golan Heights Winery, we are committed to pushing the boundaries of winemaking excellence,” says Victor Schoenfeld, head winemaker of Golan Heights Winery. “It’s been a privilege to work in the Golan Heights for more than 30 years, and we’re always exploring the unlimited potential of our vineyards and expanding people’s perception of what Israeli winemaking can accomplish. Yarden Cru Elite showcases the exceptional talent of our viticulture and winemaking team; every new release reveals more about the complexity of Golan Heights and what the future can bring.”

The launch of Yarden Cru Elite pays homage to the visionary spirit of Golan Heights Winery, which has consistently pushed the boundaries of Israeli winemaking since its inception in 1983. Guided by Schoenfeld’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, this extraordinary wine release is sourced from the Bar’on Vineyard, nestled amidst the volcanic terrain of the Golan Heights and situated at a significant elevation of 3,400 feet.

Grapes growing in a vineyard. Credit: Jill Wellington/Pixabay

As one of the first vineyards directly managed by Golan Heights Winery, Bar’on embodies a seamless, holistic approach to meticulous winemaking from vineyard to cellar. Bar’on Vineyard was rigorously analyzed using electroconductivity scanning, allowing for precise planting strategies tailored to the natural variations of the basalt and tuff soils. This approach, coupled with the winery’s longstanding partnership with ENTAV, the global leader in the propagation of ultra-quality vine scion and rootstock material, supports consistently high-quality wines year after year. Furthermore, Bar’on Vineyard is among the few to receive certification from the LODI RULES Sustainable Winegrowing Program, underscoring Golan Heights Winery’s dedication to environmental stewardship and long-term sustainability. 

To showcase the exceptional terroir of Bar’on Vineyard, Golan Heights Winery has bottled two individual blocks of cabernet sauvignon in a very limited quantity. Affectionately referred to as “fraternal twins” by Schoenfeld, these wines offer a nuanced expression of the vineyard’s distinct character and are available exclusively as pairs. Each duo set is accompanied by a bespoke digital collectible design, adding an extra layer of exclusivity to this offering. Golan Heights Winery has produced a limited edition of 265 pairs of Yarden Cru Elite wines with a suggested retail price of $2,000. Imported by Yarden Wines in the United States, it is available nationwide at select restaurants and retailers, as well as at www.yardencruelite.com

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Yarden Wines imports quality Israeli wines from Golan Heights Winery and Galil Mountain Winery. Premium brands imported to the United States include Yarden, the internationally recognized flagship brand, Golan and Galil Mountain. The company was established in 2001 as a fully owned subsidiary of Golan Heights Winery, Israel. Yarden imports. headquarters are situated in New York City, and its representatives are located in main regional markets. Yarden imports. operates throughout the U.S. in over 30 states.
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