Wine & Plenty- Much More than a Winefest - 5th and 6th of July, 2017
Wine & Plenty, a colourful regional festival, brings Israel's wine industry back to where it all began. Set for Wednesday and Thursday evenings, the 5th and 6th of July, it will take place among the luxurious scents and gardens of Ramat Hanadiv. As the setting sun illuminates the Mediterranean vistas beyond the gardens, visitors will enjoy live music, displays of art, photography and crafts, and a tempting array of gourmet foods and other local agricultural items along with the world-class wines on offer.
The unique ambiance of Wine & Plenty, being hosted by Ramat Hanadiv for the third time, is also marked with symbolic significance: At the heart of the exquisite Memorial Gardens stands the grave of the visionary philanthropist Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who asked to be buried at this site.
The Baron's contributions were pivotal to the country's wine industry. He imported traditional varieties of grapes to be grown in newly-built villages, established the first modern winery in the land, and fostered the creation of many others, which gained recognition long ago, here and beyond the seas.
Hence the regional festival, Wine & Plenty, is not just another winefest. Its winning combination of place and history, marvelous views, local entrepreneurs and guests -- and of course the outstanding wine and artisanal products -- make for the most 'elsewhere' festival in Israel. And this is one of the few sites in the country where the fresh mountain air and gentle sea breezes actually entice guests to enjoy a summer event outdoors.
Dozens of wineries, from Hanadiv Valley, Emek Hefer, and the slopes of Mt. Carmel, will be represented at the festival, along with local producers of fine olive oils, preserves, and other culinary delights, such as: Masik Magal, Beit El, Jacobs Farm, Flora (Alcoholic Passsionfriut Beverage) and Mataim Resturant .
The size, style and vintages of the wineries cover a broad range, from the venerable Carmel Winery, founded by the Baron himself, to boutique establishments such as Somek, Alona, Arens, Vortman, Steinmetz, Bar Ma'or, Sadot, Dadah, Eyal, Argov, Shfeya, Amphorae, Shirom, Tishbi, Mivtzar Atlit, Simon, Maia, Shoshana and Binyamina.
The festival is geared towards the general public, those involved in the wine industry, and especially wine lovers, foodies, and all cognoscenti seeking fine wines and epicurean specialties. The thousands of visitors expected from every corner of Israel will enjoy an impressive array of local agricultural and artisanal items along with a sampling of lively regional culture: music, art, and hand-made jewelry, ceramics, and additional crafts.
For anyone seeking marvelous entertainment on a summer's evening, 'Wine & Plenty ' is the place to be this July.
Ruti Ben Israel, the curator of the festival, is the former director of the Carmel Wineries' Centre for Wine Culture.
She has also served as a lecturer, wine tourism consultant, and judge of international wine competitions.
The festival's admission fee of NIS 90 includes a wine goblet for free tastings throughout the evening, a regional map, tasting workshops and a range of performances.
Details of the discounts available can be found on the website:
Since the number of Festival visitors is limited; places should be reserved as soon as possible.