Adam Montefiore was awarded the Terravino Lifetime Achievement Prize for 2024.
The Gala Presentation took place at Ish Anavim, the leading wine venue in Israel, which is situated in Jaffa. This is the most prestigious award for an individual in Israel’s wine industry.
Montefiore was presented with this award by Eli Ben Zaken of Domaine du Castel. Terravino, Israel’s main international competition, is organized by Haim Gan of Ish Anavim – The Grape Man. He is the founder and manager of the Terravino Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge, which is in its 18th year.
The competition is organized according to the standards and protocol of the OIV. Previous illustrious winners of this award include people of the caliber of Michael (Mimi) Ben Joseph, Eli Ben Zaken, Professor Amos Hadas, Carmi Lebenstein, Charles Loinger, Yair Margalit, Uri Shaked and Yonatan Tishbi.
Adam Montefiore is a wine trade veteran and winery insider turned wine writer. His career has had three distinct phases.
He started in hotels & restaurants, concerned primarily with on premise – on trade, moved to winery marketing and export, and now is a writer and consultant. He worked in Britain for Bass Charrington, made Aliyah to Israel in 1989 and worked for twenty seven years for both Yarden-Golan Heights Winery, the pioneering winery of Israel and Carmel Winery (including Yatir Winery), the historic winery of Israel. Since 2010, he has been the wine writer of the Jerusalem Post with a regular column and since 2016, he has managed Adam Montefiore Wine Consultancy.
He is a partner in the Israel Wine Experience which educates about Israeli wine and advances wine tourism.
He is the author of The Wine Route of Israel and Wines of Israel and in 2023 his biographies of both Domaine du Castel and Golan Heights Winery were published. He contributes to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and Jancis Robinson MW’s Oxford Wine Companion. He has been a key figure in the advance of Israeli wine worldwide and is a worthy recipient of this important prize.