Carmel Winery and Yatir Winery have together scored 90 points or more, no less than 31 times in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! This has been achieved by eleven different wines, (six from Carmel and five from Yatir). It is a unique achievement representing quality, strength in depth and consistency by the two wineries.
Furthermore Yatir Forest, the flagship wine of Yatir Winery, has scored 90 points or more for eight consecutive years. Again, this is a unique performance for an Israeli wine.
The first tasting of Israeli wines by The Wine Advocate was in December 2007, and the most recent ?tasting was in 2015. ?These tastings are conducted by Mark Squires, the Israeli specialist in Robert Parker’s tasting team. Robert Parker is the world’s number one wine critic and the Wine Advocate is the most prestigious publication.
Carmel Winery was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Chateau Lafite. ?The main winery is situated at Zichron Ya’acov on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Most of Carmel’s finest wines come from their quality vineyards in the Upper Galilee region. The winemaker is Lior Lascser, who studied in Beaune, Burgundy.
Yatir Winery is an independently run subsidiary of Carmel, situated at Tel Arad, in the Negev Desert. Their vineyards are all situated within Yatir Forest, in the southern tip of the Judean Hills region. The winemaker is Eran Goldwasser, who studied at Adelaide University, Australia.