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Kadita vineyard

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  Kadita vineyard is located in upper Galilee Mountains, close to the Biblical Kadita village, at an elevation of 800 meters. The vineyard location is in a tiny valley at the top of the surrounding area. During winter the climate is quite cool and it even snows there in some years. In the summer, the climate is warm during daytime and cool at night.
The soil of the vineyard and the close vicinity, is rocky and volcanic, a reminder of its geological history. According to our experience this volcanic soil contributes to the unique concentrated dry fruit cigar box character of our wines. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, and a very small lot with Petite-Sirah. The vines are planted with 2.8 meters between the rows, and 1.5 meters between each vine in the row. The trellis system is simple two arm cordon, 90 cm above ground. Although Israel is dry in summer, with no rainfall at all, we choose to rely only on the winter rains and not to irrigate the vineyard at all. In order to do so, we irrigated the young vines during the first two years of growth and then gradually reduced the water quantity to force the vines to dig its roots deep down, to look for water resources in the ground. After several years, the vines are able to grow and to produce excellent grapes relying only on the winter rainfall.

We maintain only organic fertilization in the vineyard once in every few year, just before winter rains. We use anti-fungicides and biological anti-insecticides to keep the vineyard clean from specific harmful factors. The grapes are harvested when they reach full maturity according to our specification of ripeness. Harvesting is done by hand, in small buckets, in order to ensure the perfection of the grape clusters until they reach the winery. The Merlot is harvested usually at the beginning of September, and the Cabernet-Sauvignon towards the end of September. This gives the winery the ability to allow the Merlot and the Cabernet-Sauvignon to ferment together in one tank, to make the Margalit blend Enigma.
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