A very wet and chilly December, with a record-breaking low of -17C (1F) measured in one of the Golan Heights Winery vineyards, set hopes high for cold and rainy weather during the remainder of the winter. The following four months, however, were relatively warm and dry, with only 58% of the average winter precipitation.
But happily the months of May to October were all slightly cooler than normal, without any extreme weather events. The grape harvest started a bit late but lasted only 12 weeks, which is shorter than usual. The beautiful growing season combined with slightly low yields resulted in a great 2014 vintage.
The 2014 Yarden Pinot Noir is made solely from Pinot Noir fruit grown in cool high-altitude vineyards located in the northern Golan Heights. The wine was aged for 16 months in mostly new French oak barrels.
The Galilee (or Galil) is the most northern, and generally considered the best, appellation in Israel. The highest quality area within the appellation is the Golan Heights (or simply the Golan), the coldest region in Israel.
The Golan Heights Winery vineyards on this volcanic plateau rise from 400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level to 1,200 meters (3,900 feet) and receive snowfall in the winter.
Golan Heights Winery is located in the town of Katzrin in the central Golan.