Winemaker and father of two, Ido Lewinsohn, has become Israel’s second Master of Wine.
He is winemaker of Barkan-Segal, the largest winery in Israel, and owner-winemaker of Lewinsohn Winery, one of the leading boutique wineries in the country.
Lewinsohn studied Viticulture and Enology in Milan and gained work experience in Tuscany, Languedoc, the Rhone Valley and Tasmania. He interned at San Guido’s Sassicaia and also worked a harvest at Margalit Winery.
In 2005, he became the hands-on winemaker of Mas du Notaire in the Costieres de Nimes region of the Rhone Valley.
In 2007, he returned to Israel and became winemaker of Recanati Winery. Here he became central in the winery’s move to Mediterranean varieties, including production of Wild Carignan, the first varietal Marselan, the new Special Reserve White made from Marsanne & Roussanne and Marawi, the local variety from the Bethlehem Region. In 2016 he was promoted to co-head winemaker of Recanati Winery.
At the beginning of 2017, he was head hunted by Barkan-Segal Winery, the largest winery in Israel producing 13 million bottles a year. He joined them as head winemaker, responsible for a team of four winemakers and five agronomists.
In 2007 he founded a family winery in his father’s garage, called Lewinsohn Winery. They produce three wines under the label Garage de Papa. They now produce 25,000 bottles a year.
The Institute of Masters of Wine was founded in 1953 in London. There are only 409 MW’s in the world, and they come from 30 countries. In 2016 Eran Pick MW, winemaker & CEO of Tzora Vineyards became Israel’s first ever Master of Wine. Now Ido Lewinsohn, Head winemaker of Barkan-Segal, and owner-winemaker of Lewinsohn Winery has become the second.
This achievement reflects great credit primarily on Ido Lewinsohn and but also on Israeli wine a whole.
Photo. Ido Lewinsohn in Barkan’s barrel cellar. Eliran Avital.