In recent years there has been renewed interest in researching our region’s local grapes, varieties from which wine was produced thousands of years ago – in the times of Jesus, the Romans and King David. During the Mameluke and later the Ottoman periods, the local authorities forbade the preparation of wine and so the local wine industry suffered a serious setback. Local grape varieties that had been used to make wine gradually became extinct and only a few grape varieties – seemingly tasty to eat as well – barely survived. Recanati Winery is proud to be the first winery to restore the ancient Marawi variety to wine glasses in Israel and the world. We produced only 2,480 bottles from the first 2014 harvest and the wine boasts a score of 90 points from renowned wine critic, Robert Parker, in “Wine Advocate”. The winery is currently working on producing other local varieties.
A wine with light, flowery and aromatic minerality, with a bouquet of red cherries and Mediterranean spices.
Recanati Winery was established in 2000 by Lenny Recanati and Uri Shaked. Their aim was to create a new winery which would produce original, quality Israeli wine. The winery’s philosophy is to produce local and original wines, wines that will best express the local terroir. Winemakers Gil Shatsberg and Kobi Arviv spearhead the winemaking process. Shatsberg, a UC Davis graduate, acquired vast experience through his work in some of California’s leading vineyards – including the Trefethen.. read more
Bittuni is a local ancient variety, from which red wines were already being made thousands of years ago. This variety was almost extinct, and only a few vines remained. Here at Recanati we are proud and excited to offer you a red wine from this ancient grape variety. The Bittuni grapes were hand-harvested in mid-September and transported under refrigeration to the winery, where they underwent gentle fermentation with the rachises. The wine was then matured for six months in year-old Burgundy oak barrels.