MONTEFIORE ARIA RESERVE 2013 is a new wine launched by MONTEFIORE WINERY. This is a limited edition, special release, designed to represent the new Israeli Mediterranean style blend. It is made from Mediterranean varieties that are considered ideal for the Israel climate and the Judean Hills in particular. 

The name of the wine and color of the label are deeply symbolic. Aria in its musical meaning is a reminder of the Jerusalem Music Center, which is situated next to the Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim. This is the heart of cultural Jerusalem. The word implies harmony and melody, which are represented in the final wine.

Aria in Italian means Air, which recalls the Montefiore family’s Italian roots. It represents the wind that blows the sails of the Montefiore Windmill and the wind that blows off the Mediterranean Sea and cools the vineyards in the Judean Hills, which are backed by the Jerusalem Mountains.

The label shows the gold crest of Moses Montefiore on a dark blue background. This is to recreate the original version. The blue and white label shows the colors of the Israel flag, which is considered a suitable color combination for a blend that represents new Israel.

Montefiore Aria Reserve 2013 is made from 65% Syrah, 20% Carignan and 15% Petite Sirah grapes, grown in the Judean Hills on the slopes on the way to Jerusalem. The varieties were vinified separately, and then aged for 16 months, mainly in small French oak barrels but also in American barrels too. The wine has sweet aromas of ripe berries, cherries and plum, backed by well integrated oak and spice flavors. It is full flavored with a long balanced finish.

Only 4,500 bottles were produced. The wine is strictly allocated.
Recommended price: 150 ILS

Aria in a row

Montefiore Winery was founded in 2010 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood outside the Old City Walls and the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem.  It was founded by Sir Moses Montefiore. The winery is a joint venture between Arnon Geva and the first Israeli Montefiores. The winery was inspired by Moses Montefiore’s agricultural vision, his love for wine and his passion for Jerusalem.


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