Gush Etzion Winery

Unassuming winemaker producing superior wines...
One of Israeli’s premier wine magazines describes winery owner Shraga Rosenberg “… as if he doesn’t belong to the wine scene. He appears as if he apologizes for entering the competitive game of wine making, but the fact is that as soon as he entered this game, he always seems to win.”

Gush Etzion is located in the Judean region, situated south of Jerusalem, at one of the highest altitudes in Israel. This area has been recognized for thousands of years for wine growing. The climate, differences in day and night temperatures, chalky soil, the sloping vineyards, and altitude of over 900 meters above sea level, create ideal conditions for wine growing.

Currently, approximately 120 acres of grape vines were grown from a range of varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot,
Pinot Noir, Syrah, Mourvedre, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Rousanne, and Viognier.
Spring River Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2012
Spring River Semi-dry White 2013
SPRING RIVER CABERNET SAUVIGNON-MERLOT 2012Full-bodied Bordelaise blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Aged in French barriques showing gently mouth-coating tannins and a subtle note of spicy cedarwood revealing currant, blackberries and earthy notes.

Rogov score 89
Recipient of the Terravino Gold Medal, 'Top 18 Reds $25 and under' by The Jewish Week
Spring River Semi-dry White 201228% Gewurztraminer, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Viognier, 17% Roussanne, 15% Chardonnay.
A half dry blend, light gold in color, deeply floral, opening with generous tropical and citrus fruits, those going on to quince and green apple.

Top White Wines $18 and over by The Jewish Week
SPRING RIVER SYRAH-MOURVEDRE 2013 65% Syrah, 35% Mourvedre. Hand-picked grapes from Judean Hills. Barrel aged 12 months in French Oak, lightly filtered, then bottle aged for 2 years. Medium bodied with soft tannins, flavors of mature fruit and spices, and balanced acidity for a well-balanced wine.

Lone Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012
Lone Oak Cabernet Franc Reserve 2011
Lone Oak Pinot Noir Reserve 2012
The wine is aged for 19 months in oak barrels until attaining a flavor that is complex, and at the same time elegant, with fragrances of cassis and berries. Deep, dark red, toward black. Intense aroma, dominated by ripe carob and pecan. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a long finish with subtle fruit.

Rogov score 90, 'Top 18 Israeli wines and Top 18 Reds over $25' by The Jewish Week
Cabernet Franc Medium to full-bodied, reflecting its 21 months in Oak with generous soft tannins and notes of spicy Oak. On first attack, plums, tar and minerals, those yielding comfortably to notes of dried cherries, black currants, and hint of mint.

Rogov score 90
90 points, Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wineries
Lone Oak Pinot Noir Reserve 2012 100% Pinot Noir. The grapes are grown on the slopes of the Judean Hills. The wine matures in new Oak barrels for 14 months and will continue to age nicely for a few years.

Lone Oak Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Blessed Valley Red 2009
Blessed Valley White 2012
SAUVIGNON BLANCGolden straw in color, light and fragrant with generous melon, peach, nectarine and lemon fruits highlighted by notes of freshly picked herbs. Juicy and refreshing.

Rogov score 88

Top White Wines $18 and over by The Jewish Week
Blessed Valley Red 2009A blend of 77% Merlot and 23% Cabernet Franc, showing dark garnet with a note of adobe brick. Oak-aged for 20 months, demonstrating full body with firm tannins and generous spicy wood. Opens to reveal black and red berries, cassis, and notes of freshly picked Mediterranean herbs, all on a light earthy background.

Rogov score 90
91 points, Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wineries
Blessed Valley White49% Viognier, 33% Rousanne, 18% Chardonnay. Hand picked grapes from vineyards in direct sunlight, eliminating the need for any adjustment to acidity. Cold pressed first run juice. Barrel fermented for 3 weeks. Big nose of citrus, jasmine, and ginger. Medium bodied. Matured in French oak barrels for 10 months, giving it nutty aromas, richness, depth and complexity.