Gamla wines come from The Golan Heights Winery, located in the town of Katzrin, high-up on the Golan Heights. The Golan Heights Winery is credited with leading the Israeli ‘Wine Revolution.’ Established in 1983 by four Kibbutzim and four Moshavim, they set the standard for quality wine in Israel and proved to the world that Israel could be a high-quality wine growing region.
Between 1300 feet and 3900 feet, the Golan and Galilee are the ideal place to grow wine grapes. The cool, dry air and hot sun help ripen the grapes to their full potential while keeping enough acid to make good wine. From the very beginning, The Golan Heights Winery brought in experts and academics from around the world, most notably, UC Davis who helped them see the potential of the high-altitudes, volcanic soil, and sunny grape growing climate of the Golan Heights.
Today, Victor Schoenfeld is the winemaker. He follows a long list of well known winemaking experts, mostly from California who helped set the style and standard of quality in the wines. Victor studied at UC Davis and is still assisted by winemaking consultant Peter Stern, also from CA. The winery is equipped with the most modern winemaking equipment which allows Victor and his team the possibility to make quite a few different high quality wines.