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Vineyard in Shiloh valley, near the new community of Amichai. June 20, 2017.

The Wine Spectator, one of the most prestigious wine journals in the US, recently awarded the high grade of 90 to the Tura Winery’s 2014 Mountain Peak wine.

Tura’s vineyards are situated in the Bracha Valley, in Samaria.


The high ranking was given during the Wine Spectator’s annual Wine Experience event in New York, one of the most prestigious wine events in the world. Wine Spectator’s leading team of experts reviews thousands of wines from around the world.

The Mountain Peak Is a Bordeaux-style blend made from four grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, which were aged in new French wooden barrels for 22 months.

Described as fruity and heavy, the wine has a deep crimson color with aromas of ripe red fruits and berries, a light seasoning of black pepper, cloves and mint, a full body and with balanced acidity.

The wine has already won many prizes in Israel and abroad, including a silver medal in competitions such as the Decanter and the Vinalies. In 2018, the wine won the seventh consecutive gold medal in the Golden Cluster competition, which is considered the Israeli Oscar competition for wines.

Vered and Erez Ben Sa’adon founded Tura winery as a family-run estate-winery. To gain the definition “estate winery”, the winery needs to be the owner of the vineyard, and the wine must be produced at the winery through fermentation, aging and bottling.

Vered and Erez Ben Sa’adon are very connected to Israel and to the land. They are visionaries with attention to even the smallest details. Half a year after they married, they took all their savings and bought the land for the vineyard. At first, they sold their grapes to other wineries, but when political considerations entered the equation, those wineries encountered difficulties from European customers.

The couple decided to take a course in winemaking to produce wine themselves. Their decision proved to be the right one, and the Tura winery has become a great success story. In blind taste tests, where politics are not a factor, Tura wines have gained praise and awards, and the winery has become a focal point for wine lovers from Israel and around the world.


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Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.