Not on majestic cliffs overlooking awesome waves, nor in the high lava plains, nor in the noble villages of Bordeaux, neither in the proud valleys of Napa or Sonoma – but near Gdera, at 58 meters above the Mediterranean Sea just 30 miles away, on an unassuming plot of sand and gravel.
Zeev Smilansky the wine maker says: “And how come the wine is so good? We don’t really know. Perhaps because of the special rootstock – “Saltcreek”, particularly suitable for sandy soils, being resistant to nematodes. Or perhaps because of the small gravely hill nearby. Or perhaps because the vineyard is hardly being watered – in spite of the evil summers in this region – since its roots go down five, perhaps even ten meters deep. Or perhaps because of the way we work it – or perhaps because of love – or maybe just luck. This way or another, this little vineyard – 3⁄4 of an acre Cabernet Sauvignon, 3⁄4 Merlot, and 3⁄4 Shiraz – produces prime fruit, creating wines that we can be proud of, year after year, in spite of the theories. We do all the work ourselves, planting, trellising, training, pruning, and irrigation, weeding, harvesting, crushing, fermenting, aging, bottling, and even the design of the bottles and labels – all done by our family members.”