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Pelter Winery
Pelter Winery
Pelter Winery, situated in the Golan Heights of northern Israel, was established by Tal Pelter in 2005. In 2001, Tal returned from oenology studies in Western Australia where he was influenced by the local approach to winemaking and the Australian character of the wines. Wine is part of the fabric of everyday life in Australia - an affordable and accessible source of enjoyment. Tal wanted to introduce this approach to the Israeli market as well as to create high quality, premium wines.

After returning home, Tal began producing wines on the family farm, situated at Moshav Zofit in central Israel. What began as a pilot that resulted in 4000 bottles in 2002, became a fully-fledged business in 2005. At that time, brothers Nir and Tal joined together as co-partners and began the work of establishing the business plan and the Pelter brand. The Golan Region is characterized by: cold dry climate, day/night temperature differentials, basalt soil, high altitude, and high levels of sun radiation. Together these factors create slow, long ripening, a variety of taste depths and high quality grapes. These advantages were enhanced by the open spaces so rare in Israel, and the Golan Heights was selected as the ideal location for both the business and the family.

The 2012 vintage produced 100,000 bottles. Grapes are sourced from three locations – 50% are harvested in the northern Golan, and 50% from vineyards in the Jerusalem hills and the mountains of the Upper Galilee. The diverse regions provide a variety of grapes, including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which offer a range of tastes. The winery is establishing its own vineyards in the Golan Heights and the upper Galilee as part of its move to the Golan Heights.

Our philosophy encompasses three main principles:

Vitality
Tal is creating distinctive wines that combine the local essence with fresh intensity of the northern Golan vineyards.

Quality
At Pelter Winery we take pride in quality, working with precision, care and personal attention in everything from the selection of grapes to customer service. Tal works with a skillful touch to match grapes with optimal barrels, often choosing a mixture of old and new woods to create grape blends that reflect his personal preferences. Combining both science and art, Tal’s approach to winemaking is a balance of experience, skill and intuition.

Family
All stages of production are handled by members of the family – from selection of grapes, barrels and blends, to bottling, marketing and distribution. These collaborative efforts produced some 80,000 bottles in 2008, while preserving the winery’s rustic, intimate character.
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