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1 May 2012

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 121: Sharona and Daron Belogolovsky, Vitkin Winery

Debra meets husband and wife team Sharona and Daron Belogolovsky from Vitkin Winery in Israel. They explain that it is a family owned winery – Sharona’s brother is oenologist, Daron is the winemaker, and Sharona manages the two of them! Debra and the Belogolovsky’s discuss the different grape varieties they use at Vitkin, including “Carignan”, a grape variety brought to Israel in the 19th century by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, along with the new varieties that thrive in the hot Israeli climate.

Sharona explains to Debra the difficulty winemakers in Israel face when it comes to land, and how due to government regulations, they can only hold a farm of 3 hectares in the area they live, which forces they to seek other plots elsewhere in the country as well. Daron describes the Carignan grape variety to Debra as well as telling her what he likes second best about the job of winemaker (first is, of course, drinking the wine!).

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