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Three vine growing areas
The Ella Valley Wineries are among the few wineries in Israel that release close to 200,000 bottles a year, while cultivating their own vineyards enabling them to rely on themselves exclusively, without having to bring external vintners. The winery owns about 800 dunams of land; approximately one-third of the production is used at the winery, while the remaining grapes are sold as raw material to other wineries. The team members of the winery selected the best plots of land and the types of grapes to be planted in each plot. They are also responsible for the entire growing process, as well as for determining the exact time for harvesting. This full control enables the winery to produce top-quality wines, year after year. The grapes are the winery's raw material, and their quality determines the quality of the wine. Therefore, special attention and meticulousness go into taking care of the vines. The winery controls the entire range of parameters that impact on the vineyards, including foliage, water quantity, soil, and trellising. They all impact on the size of the crop, which is a highly important element in affecting the quality of the grape; a crop that is too large impinges on the power of the fruit and on the characteristics of the particular variety, while a crop that is too small is not desirable, either. The secret lies in finding the right balance. Taking care of the vineyards is done by following methods that combine the ancient tradition imported from the vineyards of Europe and the New World, with innovative technologies that guarantee the quality of the grapes. Significant efforts are put in order to prevent the infiltration of harmful pesticides into the soil by using natural fertilizers, such as compost and advanced biological methods of pest control.
Three Growing Areas
The Ella Valley was chosen following a lengthy search. The area offers excellent clay-like and ventilated soil, with good drainage and rich in minerals. Moreover, the varied landscape enables the growth of various types of grapes in different types of soil.
The climate offers cold nights, damp and foggy mornings, and moderate heat even in the summer months - all of which are ideal conditions for growing grapes.
The vineyard has three growing areas, each of them on a unique landscape and soil, covering close to 800 dunams.
This is the largest vineyard (close to 400 dunams). It is located at 350-400 meters above sea level, in the Adulam Hills, between Aderet, Givat Yeshayahu and Tsafririm. It is characterized by a variety in topography and soil, which offers various levels of lime. All these parameters create ideal growing spaces for producing high-quality grapes, as they contribute to generating a healthy grape and a powerful fruit leading to the classic characteristics of the types of grapes.
Types of grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Muscat and Chardonnay.
Nes Harim Vineyard
This 300-dunam vineyard is located at the altitude of 700 meters above sea level, at the feet of Moshav Nes Harim, in the Judean Hills. The landscape's deep soil offers a clay-like texture, with a high level of lime component and low level of salt. The altitude and the soil are suitable for growing more "spoilt" types of grapes. Types of grapes: Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Valley of Ella Vineyard
The vineyard that is closest to the winery itself covers an area of 100 dunams and is located at the altitude of 320 meters, in the wadi (valley) located at the entrance to the Ella Valley. The location is characterized by a unique micro-climate, offering excellent conditions for growing Syrah grapes.