After planting vineyards in the Golan in 1976, the Golan Heights Winery was established in 1983 by four kibbutzim (collective communities) and four moshavim (cooperative communities). In 1984, the Winery released its first wine creating great excitement in Israel and abroad. Golan Heights Winery cultivates over 600 hectares (1500 acres) of vines across 28 vineyards which are divided into 430 vineyard blocks. The head winemaker for Golan Heights Winery is Victor Schoenfeld. Prior to his tenure at Golan Heights Winery for the last three decades, the California-born Victor studied at UC Davis and cut his teeth in the wine industry working in the vineyards of Champagne.
Yarden is the premier label and flagship brand of Golan Heights Winery. Each year the finest grapes from the best vineyards are reserved for Yarden wines. Yarden is the Hebrew for Jordan River, which bisects the Golan Heights from the Galilee. The label features a symbol of ancient Israel: an oil lamp decorated with mosaic tile.
The Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes harvested from a number of our finest Cabernet vineyards in the Golan Heights. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new. This dry red wine has flavors of ripe cherries, plum and raspberry with hints of herbs and French oak. This classic Cabernet is pleasant on the palate with a lingering finish.