The saying “The past is the best prophecy of the future” symbolizes the traditional-modern perception according to which the winery operates today. Although the winery is most definitely a commercial and modern enterprise, a meticulous eye is always still kept on the grapes, which are cultivated and handpicked in our vineyards. The geographic locations of our vineyards have been carefully chosen from the optimal vine-growing regions in the country – from Sde Boker in the south, to the Golan Heights in the north.
The variations in the different soils and climates are reflected in each one of our wines, promoting their individuality. The barrels used for aging many of our wines are produced from both French and American oak. The oak wood forests used in the production of our barrels are carefully selected, in order to determine the diversity in flavor and aroma that each region has to offer. This advantage gives our customers the option to enjoy wines with varied styles and characters.
THE CARMEL MOUNTAINS: ZICHRON YA’AKOV
Towards the end of the 19th century, the Zichron Ya’akov region was commissioned by Baron Edmund de Rothschild as an ideal location for the cultivation of high quality vineyards. The Tishbi family has over ten decades of experience in the cultivation of wine grapes, their vineyards covering a total of 62 acres (25 hectares), spreading from the slopes of the Carmel Mountains to only a few kilometers from the Mediterranean coastline. The cool sea breezes alleviate the summer heat and generate the morning mists, providing extra protection for the vines. The diverse soil varies from red and black alluvial to white limestone. Each grape variety is grown according to the conditions that are best-suited for its cultivation. For example, the grapes used in the award-winning gold medal Chardonnay from the Jonathan Tishbi Special Reserve series aregrown solely on black soil, producing an especially high quality yield around 700 kilogramsto 0.1 hectares without irrigation Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on the white limestone-based soil,characterized by providing a limited yield in order to produce the highest quality grapes.“The past is the best prophecy of the future.”
LOWER GALILEE: KFAR TAVOR
The vineyards on the slopes of the Tavor hillside produce Sauvignon Blanc, French Colombard, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The rich, red light soil on which these grapes are grown has excellent drainage qualities; its airy character is thanks to the rivers that partly cover this region. Being located on the southern slopes of the Tavor hillside provides the vines with the optimum amount of sunshine. The grapes grown in this region are designated primarily for the “Tishbi” series.
UPPER GALILEE: KEREM BEN ZIMRA
Kerem Ben Zimra, known for its excellent wine cultivation in Israel, is located in a mountainous region, at an elevation level of 700 meters. This location, with its cold climate, yields grapes with a particularly intense character. The soil is especially well-suited for the cultivation of wine grapes, due to the limestone sub-soil. Since temperatures in the vineyard remain low both day and night, the grapes contain consistently high acidity levels, with the climate also contributing to a slow ripening process. These grapes are harvested in mid October, and the unique combination of these qualities produces a potential alcohol content level of 13%.
GOLAN HEIGHTS: KIDMAT ZVI
The volcanic soil of the Golan Heights is ideal for the cultivation of wine grapes, possessing airy soil and excellent drainage. In addition, the cool summers and cold winters of the Golan Heights, together with the natural topography, also result in a slow ripening season. Our vineyards on Kidmat Zvi, where we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, cover an area of approximately seven acres.With an elevation of 550 meters, this area is now recognized as one of the best wine growing regions in Israel.
NEGEV DESERT: SDE BOKER
At an elevation of 500 meters, and in a location with a significant historical ambiance, our Sde Boker vineyards are cultivated on desert soil and enjoy a unique, airy climate. The cultivation of grapes in this region constitutes the realization of David Ben Gurion’s vision to develop the wilderness of the Negev.
With an elevation of 800-1000 meters, this white limestone soil produces Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These grapes produce the most elegant wines of the Tishbi Winery. Its dry climate and cool breezes characterize this region. Summer evenings are cool, even before sunset with the open elevated vineyards being located towards the west. In the early hours of the morning and the evening, the temperature drops significantly, this enhancing the missing text.