Wine Enthusiast Magazine | Announcing Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Wine Star Award Winners
We at israelwinetaster.com have repeatedly said that Golan Heights Winery produces the best wines in Israel. This is in terms of breadth and variety of wines offered, reasonableness of prices, and quality of their wines. Now, a leading magazine in wine lifestyle has named our GHW amongst the 2012 luminaries of the wine industry.
Over more than a decade, the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine have honored individuals who have contributed to the success of the wine and spirits industry with the Wine Star Awards. The winners are noted for their energy and groundbreaking vision. “It is with great pride that we award this prestigious recognition to the leaders of an industry driving a great passion we all have—wine,” stated Publisher and Editor Adam Strum. “We are thrilled to add these individuals and businesses to our family of Wine Star Awards winners.” Israel’s wines are being recognized more and more in the wine industry and very special congratulations are in order to the GHW for this award. The following is from Wine Enthusiast’s online announcement about the awards announced yesterday, November 14th, 2012:
New World Winery of the Year, Golan Heights Winery, Anat Levi
Golan Heights Winery is at the top of its game, using state-of-the-art equipment like vineyard meteorological stations and electro-conductivity soil scanning to aid in its viticultural success.
This award is a first for an Israeli winery and is an indicator of the tremendous growth in quality recognition of Israeli wineries led by Golan Heights Winery.
Anat Levi, CEO of Golan Heights Winery, said, “We are so honored to win such a prestigious award. This recognition gives us added motivation to continue our efforts to fully exploit the vast potential of our wonderful wine growing area. We are excited to be a leading player in the renewal of wine growing in Israel, and to receive this award as a leading new world winery.”
Winemaker Victor Schoenfeld added “Our proudest achievement is our ongoing effort to work in tune with our natural elements, making high-quality wines that are a true reflection of our unique combination of latitude, high attitude and beautiful volcanic soils. We continue to realize what an amazing region we have, and how much the potential seems limitless.”
The achievement caps off several exciting years as the winery continues to garner global awards and recognition. In 2008, GHW became the first winery from Israel to rank in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year. In March 2011, they were awarded the World Wine Cup from VinItaly, the first winery from Israel ever to be named the Best Wine Producer of the Year from the international organization, besting over 1,000 wine producers from 30 different countries, including France, Italy and Spain. In June 2011, the winery also received a Special Prize of Distinction in Les Citadelles du Vin in Bordeaux, a blind tasting of over 1,000 wines from multiple countries.
The other 2012 Wine Star Awards winners from Wine Enthusiast were:
Wine Person of the Year: Joseph E. Gallo, E&J Gallo
Lifetime Achievement: Miguel A. Torres, Torres Group
Winemaker of the Year: Jorge Riccitelli, Bodega Norton
American Winery of the Year, Raymond Vineyards, Jean-Charles Boisset, CEO
European Winery of the Year, Arnaldo Caprai, Marco Caprai
Wine Region of the Year, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Retailer of the Year, Binny’s Beverage Depot, Michael Binstein, CEO
Distiller of the Year, Michter’s, Joe Magliocco, President Chatham Imports
Mixologist/Brand Ambassador of the Year, Angus Winchester, Tanqueray Gin
Innovator of the Year, David Biggar, Vintage Point
American Wine Legend Hubert Opici, Opici Wine Group
To read in-depth profiles of the Wine Star Award winners, pick up the Best of Year issue of Wine Enthusiast. This publication, founded by Adam and Sybil Strum, reaches 680,000 readers.The magazine is available on newsstands and digitally at WineMag.com on December 13th, 2012. The winners will be honored at the Wine Star Awards Dinner, a black tie event to be held at The New York Public Library on Monday, January 28th in New York City. To attend this awards ceremony, all you have to do is purchase tickets at $1,000 per person or $9,000 for a table of 10 people. Apparently, they donate the net proceeds from this event to benefit research in the wine and spirits industry with The Wine Market Council, a non-profit organization. See you there 🙂