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  Israwinexpo 2006

Israel 's first international wine exhibition took place in Tel Aviv from June 13 th to 15 th 2006. Over 20,000 visitors thronged to the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center to taste wine, meet winemakers and discuss wine with their business partners & friends.

The exhibition was a combined initiative by the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center, the Israel Wine & Gourmet Magazine and the Grape Man Wine Center . They were supported by The Israel Export Institute, The Ministry of Trade & Industry, The Ministry of Agriculture, The Israel Wine & Grapes Board and the Israel Wines Portal.

Israel 's largest wineries were all present: Carmel , Barkan, Golan Heights , Efrat, Binyamina, Tishbi, Dalton , Galil Mountain – along with numerous small and boutique wineries. An international element was provided by Israel 's largest importers including Hacarem, The Scottish Trading Co. and Shaked, who were joined by smaller importers.

A number of international wine judges, bought to Israel for the Terravino Wine Tasting Competition, were amongst the guests. They were joined by a number of guests invited by the Israel Export Institute. These included journalists from international magazines such as Wine & Spirit, Wine Enthusiast, buyers from Canada , America , Japan and even ‘Masters of Wine,' who were able to sample Israeli wine for the first time.

Overall the event was considered a great success which symbolized the growing maturity of the Israel wine industry.

Terravino 2006

Terravino , Israel 's first international wine tasting competition was held in June 2006. The competition was held in Tel Aviv under the auspices of the O.I.V. Eleven international judges joined Israeli experts to taste more than 400 hundred wines entered from 16 countries.

The results were announced during a Gala Dinner by compere, Mr. Meni Peer and competition organisor, Mr. Haim Gan, of Ish Anavim .

The most notable winner was Carmel Winery, which was presented with no less than 13 prizes. These included one Double Gold, five Gold Medals and four Silver Medals. They also won the prize for the best wine in the competition, the best kosher wine and the International Champion Winery.

Barkan Winery won two Gold Medals and five Silvers Medals. They also won the award for the best wine between $ 3 to 5 dollars a bottle and an award for the winery with most wines in the lower medal positions.

The Golan Heights Winery won one Double Gold, two Gold Medals and four Silver Medals. They were also awarded the prize for the best winemaker, whose four highest scoring wines had the highest average in the competition.

The best boutique winery prize went to Odem Mountain Winery from the Golan Heights for their Odem Merlot Reserve 2003. Hans Sternbach also won a Double Gold. The other two Israeli wineries to win Double Golds were Binyamina and Recanati. Twelve Double Golds were awarded: six to Israel ; the other six to wines from Austria , Argentina , Chile and Italy .

Apart from those mentioned: Recanati, Margalit, Psagot and Yatir wineries received two Gold Medals each.

The International Grand Champion for the best wines in the competition were awarded to Hafner Family Estate from Austria for their Hafner Gruner Veltliner Icewine 2002 and to Carmel Winery for their Gewurztraminer Late Harvest, Sha'al Vineyard, 2002.

Medals To The Israeli Wines

 Double Gold ( 92 points or higher)

Binyamina, Ruby Sirah Chushan, 2003

Carmel, Gewurtztraminer, Late Harvest, Kerem Sha'al, 2004

Golan Heights Winery, Heightswine, Yarden 2003

Hans Sternbach , Hakhlil Valley, 2003

Odem Mountain, Merlot, Reserve, 2003 

Recanati, Shiraz, Reserve, 2004

Gold (88-91 points)

Alexander, Alexander the Great, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002

Bazelet Ha Golan, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Barkan, Emerald Riesling-Colombard, Classic 2005

Binyamina, Gewurztraminer, Special Reserve, 2005

Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz, Regional, 2004

Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kerem Kayoumi, Single Vineyard, 2003

Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zarit, Single Vineyard, 2003

Carmel, Merlot, Regional, Upper Galilee, 2003

Carmel, Carignan, Zichron Ya'akov, Regional, 2004

Chateau Golan, Eliad, 2003

Golan Heights Winery, Merlot, Yarden, 2001

Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Margalit, Enigma, 2003

Margalit, Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve, 2003

Nachal Amud, Blend, 2003

Psagot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Edom, 2004
Psagot, Psagot Port

Recanati, Petit Syrah-Zinfandel Reserve, 2004

Recanati, Chardonnay 2004

Rota, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nahal Shua, 2003

Segal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rehasim, Dishon, 2002

Segal, Merlot, Rehasim, Dovev 2002

Tanya, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, 2003

Yatir, Yatir Forest, 2002

Yatir, Cabernet-Merlot, 2001

Y Green, Y & Y

Zemora, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Silver (85-87 points):

Alexander, Sandro, Red, 2004

Amphorae, Syrah, 2003

Amphorae, Viognier, 2005

Barkan, Pinotage, Classic, 2004

Barkan, Emerald Riesling, Classic, 2005

Barkan, Segal`s, Dry Red, 2004

Barkan, Merlot, Reserve, 2004

Barkan Merlot 14 Barrel Fermented Reserve 2004

Benhaim, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grande Reserve, 2003

Benhaim, Muscat, 2004

Binyamina, Muscat Dessert Samaria, Special Reserve

Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Private Collection, 2004

Carmel, Shiraz, Kayoumi, Single Vineyard, 2003

Carmel, Petite Syrah, Regional, Judean Hills, 2004

Carmel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Regional, Upper Galilee, 2003

Dalton, Canaan Red, 2005
Dalton, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003

Ella Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Franc, 2003

Ella Valley Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah, 2003

Ella Valley Vineards, Chardonnay, 2003

Efrat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Terra, 2004

Galil Mountain Winery, Chardonnay, 2005

Galil Mountain, Yiron, 2003

Golan Heights Winery, Gewurztraminer, 2005

Golan Heights Winery, Blanc de Blanc's, 1999

Golan Heights Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, 2004

Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamla, 2003

Hans Sternback, Janaba Reserve, 2003

Hevron Heights Winery, Makhela, 2001

Margalit, Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Reserve, 2002

Meishar, Cabernet Sauvignon 730, 2003

Neot Smadar, Merlot Organic Red, 2003

Ramim, Desert Wine, Mosaic, 2003

Recanati, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Saslove, Cabernet Sauvignon, Adom, 2004

Saslove, Aviv Marriage, 2004

Sea Horse, Lenon, 2004

Segal, Chardonnay, Marom Galil, Single, Chardonnay 2004

Soreq, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004

Tabor, Cabernet Sauvignon, Adama, Bazelet, 2004

Tabor, Chardonnay, Adama, Gir, 2005

Tabor, Sauvignon Blanc, Adama, Gir, 2004

Tabor, Shiraz, 2004

Tanya, Merlot Reserve 2003

Tulip Cabernet Sauvignon, Just, 2005

Tulip, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2004

Villa Wilhelma, Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot, 2004

Vitkin, Cabernet Franc, 2004

Yatir, Yatir Red 2003

Y-Chilli Liquor, Y&Y

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