BEST VALUE 2024

07/04/2024
Israel’s most important competition for value wines more »

Best Value 2024 has taken place. It is the leading competition for wines in the good value price range: under $21 and under $13. It was organized by Studio Ben Ami for the 16th consecutive year. They also organize the Eshkol Hazahav Competition and the Sommelier Trade Show. 141 wines were submitted and tasted by 14 judges including sommeliers, winemakers and wine professionals. The chairmen of the competition were Adv. Nachman Cohen Tzedek and Haim Spiegel.

The main winners of the competition were two historic wineries. Zion Winery and Jerusalem Vineyard Winery. Both were awarded three Gold Medals, beating many more famous wineries. Zion Winery is Israel’s oldest existing winery. It was founded in 1848 in the Old City of Jerusalem by the Shor Family. After 176 years, the owners, CEO, managers and winemaker, are still from the family. The winery is now at Mishor Adumim in the Judean Desert, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Zion is the 5th largest winery in Israel. Zvika Shor is the winemaker.

Jerusalem Vineyard Winery was founded in Jerusalem in 1955…also by a member of the Shor family. He passed the winery on to his daughter and son in law. In 2006 the winery was bought by the Guetta family. They are based in Atarot, in the northern outskirts Jerusalem. They have original visitors centers at the Montefiore Windmill in Yemin Moshe in Jerusalem and at “Jeruz Yard” in Petach Tikvah. The winemaker is Lior Lacser, who is also the CEO.

Both Zion & Jerusalem were making mainly grape juice and Kiddush wine for decades, but there has been an absolute turnaround in the last 10-15 years. This year’s results of the Best Value Competition is greatly to their credit and shows how far they have come. The first place, Gold Medal wines are shown below.

SAUVIGNON BLANC up to NIS 79
Zion Winery, Imperial 2023

CHARDONNAY up to NIS 50
Jerusalem Vineyards Winery, Vintage 2023

CHARDONNAY up to NIS 79
Carmel Winery, Vineyards 2022

GEWURZTRAMINER up to NIS 79
Binyamina Winery, Moshava 2022

OTHER WHITES VARIETIES up to NIS 79
Mony Winery, M, Colombard 2023

OTHER WHITE BLENDS up to NIS 50
Recanati Winery, Yonatan 2023

OTHER WHITE BLENDS up to NIS 79
Zion Winery, Capital, Lions Gate 2023

ROSE up to NIS 50
Jerusalem Vineyards Winery, Kings Cellar 2023

 ROSE up to NIS 79
Zion Winery, Capital 2023

CABERNET SAUVIGNON up to NIS 50
Barkan Winery, Reserve 2022

 CABERNET SAUVIGNON up to NIS 79
Jerusalem Vineyards Winery, Premium, CAB 2021
Carmel Winery, Vineyards 2021

MERLOT up to NIS 50
Hayotzer Winery, Vituoso 2021

MERLOT up to NIS 79
Carmel Winery, Appellation 2020

 SYRAH / SHIRAZ up to NIS 79
Recanati Winery 2022

OTHER RED VARIETIES up to NIS 79
Barkan Winery, Beta Pinot Noir 2021

OTHER RED BLENDS up to NIS 50
Recanati Winery, Yonatan

OTHER RED BLENDS up to NIS 79
Teperberg Winery, Inspire 2021

 

 

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