In the recent tasting of Israeli wines by Jancis Robinson MW, the star was not a conventional Israeli wine, but one made at the Cremisan Cellars, situated at the Monastery of the same name.
Cremisan Monastery is near Bethlehem. The wine was Star of Bethehem 2011 and it was made from two indigenous local grapes, Hamdani and Jandali. The Italian maestro Ricardo Cotarello, winemaking consultant extraordinaire, helped with the production of this wine. It received 16.5 points and was equal to the highest scoring wines in the tasting. Other wines in equal first place were: Adir Shiraz 2010 , Benhaim Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 and Yatir Syrah 2009.
Cremisan is a Salesian Monastery founded at the end of the 19th century. It now lies near the border between Israel and the West Bank.
Jancis Robinson is one of the world’s most respected wine critics & writers, regarded as being one of the three most influential, alongside Hugh Johnson and Robert Parker. Her website publishes the full tasting www.jancisrobinson.com