The "Beshvil Hayayin" festival will kick off in May 2013 for the fourth time. Hebrew speakers smile at the meaning of the name, as it can be understood on one hand as "for the wine" and on the other hand as "Following the wine route". The festival will engulf the Galilee, Golan and Northern valleys regions, as the wine industry, especially in the north, is advancing steadily in the recent years. The industry has given space for a few offshoots: wine tastings, visitor centers, wine schools and courses, wine tourism and a lot of colorful characters who make this industry flourish.
Those who know their wine know the importance of grape quality. It is the grape which will mostly determine the final outcome. The extreme changes in temperatures, the quality of the soil, the rainfall –all these make the Galilee the right place for growing the best wine.
Fact #1: 40% of Israel's wine production comes from Galilee, Golan, and the Northern Valleys.
As the festival rolls on, participants will enjoy visiting the various wineries, small and large, industrial as well as family owned, meet the wine makers and the people who transformed a dream and a hobby into a lucrative profession, and enjoy the fascinating stories connected with each winery, a tour that is nothing less than gripping. Each of the wineries has its own special characteristics and each year medals from around the world are awarded to some of these places. Alongside the wineries a lot of restaurants will offer special menus for wine-dinners, and wine guided tastings will take place – all in a lush green area of lovely scenery.
Fact # 2: 60% of Israelis prefer local wines.
The festival will start, this year, with a professional wine convention, sponsored by the Galilee schools of wine-making, and at the end of the convention, for the first time, the special award of " Wine and Grape industry Treasured Friend" will be presented to a person who has contributed to the said industry.
What else awaits you at the festival?
Wine tastings and guided tours, cooperation between wineries, restaurants and wine-makers, unveiling of new Galilee wines, museums, special wine routes, and even the traditional celebrating of the "Shavuot" Holiday – will take on a special event at the height of the festival.
Around the wine tourism which flourishes in the north, a few authorities have joined forces to enable all this: The office for the development of Negev and Galilee regions, The Galilee development Authority, The Ministry of Tourism, The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, The Galilee Tourism associations, The Wine- Grape Council, The JNF, and local administrations.
For more information: wine.galil.gov.il
The Main Events
Thursday 2.5.13 09:00-18:00
The Israeli Wine Convention (for professional participants) will, this year, focus on the growing of vineyards and the production of sustainable wines. The convention will review different aspects and examine practical aspects of growing and producing wine according to world-wide existing models that adhere to the principal of sustainability. The parties organizing the convention are: Tel-Hay Academic College, Ohalo College of Katzrin and Rosh-Pina Local Council.
At the end of the convention the "Wine and Grape industry Treasured Friend" award will be given for the first time.
Prior registration is required, registration fee: NIS 50.
The Israeli wine fair, "An exciting weekend of wine" The Baron Gardens Rosh-Pina
Thursday 2.5.13 18:00-22:00 and Friday 10:00-16:00
The wine fair will start, this year, on Thursday evening with an enchanting Galilee atmosphere, accompanied by rhythmic Latin music, wine and food. The Baron Gardens, located in the historic part of Rosh-Pina, will host the festivities and the participating wineries, larger and well established side-by-side with smaller boutique wineries. Entrance is free and a professional tasting cup will be sold for the price of NIS 50. Participating wineries list and further details: www.wineland.co.il
Tiberias- the Kishon Street hosts the "Beshvil Hayayin" festival, arts food, wine and music fair
Thursdays 9.5.13 16.5.13 17:00-23:00
The old city of Tiberias hosts the festival. The restaurants "El-Rancho", "Avi's Restaurant", and "Little Tiberias" will add the gastronomic facet to the festivities. "Amdur fine gallery" for contemporary art will display the best local artists alongside live music.
Opening Thursday may 5th at 19:30. Tiberias Mayor, Mr. Zohar Oved, will honor the opening ceremony.
For further details; Talia 04-8735152, 052-482-49-67
Meat, wine and in between – moshav Hazon
Thursday 9.5.13 18:00-22:00
The moshav Hazon tourist industry members, host, in honor of the festival, an evening of wine, atmosphere and choice meat. The event will take place in the holiday resort "the noble Mountain". Meat is provided courtesy of "Shamka and sons" and the wine is courtesy of "Armond's Winery".
Entrance is free
For further details and reservations; Jackie 052-6661106, Dafna 052-3944110
Cooking Chefs of the hills of Galilee
Friday 10.5.13 10:30-15:00
The hills of Galilee winery in Yiron, will host chefs from Galilee who will prepare special meals connected to the Shavout Holiday, and accompanied by the wineries' fine wines. The event will also offer a fair of local makers of cheese, olive-oil and local specialties.
Entrance is free
For further details: 04-6868748
"I was a barrel, once" The Golan Heights winery, Katzrin.
Friday 10.5.13 10:00-15:00
Shavout event in the winery: the exhibit "I was a barrel, once", an unusual cooperation between the winery and the technological institution of Holon, fashioning of "green music" from recycled materials. Alongside the exhibit, a fair, offering Golan produce, apple cider, wine and more, and lots of white wine.
Entrance is free
For further details: 04-6968420
Shavout at Adir winery: "Grab your portable burner, get your milk- and make some cheese"! At the unveiling of the 2011 Shiraz. Adir winery, Dalton industrial park.
Tuesday 14.5.13 9:00-17:00
Come all ye wine-lovers! As Shavuot approaches Adir winery unveils the Shiraz 2011, and a sale at special rates is launched.
For those who love their cheese: Adir winery will host a special goat cheese making class accompanied by stories and explanations from the cheese world. Each participant will receive a portable burner and goat milk and will make his own cheese. At the end of the workshop there will be a cheese tasting (work shop fee: NIS 35).
Workshops at: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00.
For further details and registration; 04-6991039, 052-4729468
Shavout celebration "Wine and art in the vineyards", Ortal winery, kibbutz Ortal
Wednesday 15.5.13 –Shavuot – 11:00-17:00
The WINE-Y-ART event will consist of an exhibition vis-à-vis the Ortal winery. Food and drink will be served to the visitors. The vineyards are facing the famous Tel-Shipon which is identified with the winery's logo. Artists at work on the premises will welcome the visitors who will be invited to draw in color and coal, on easels placed among the vines. The paintings will be exhibited throughout the year at the winery and visitors center.
For further details: 052-5612235 Ortal Tourism 04-6960808Ortal winery (facebook) and at: www.ortal.net
Ramot Naftali – "The four Wineries event"
Friday 17.5.13 11:00-17:00
A joint event for the wineries: Amram, 3 Vines, Ramot Naftali and Na'aman. Live shows and lots of wine. The event will be held in the presence of Mr. Benny Ben Muvhar, Head of the regional council. This event follows last years' successful festival and the joining of 4 wineries is aimed at making the Kadesh valley the leading brand-name in wine production in upper Galilee.
Entrance to all four wineries is free of charge.
Closing events in the Cramim Region Concertrip and wine in Jish(Gush-Halav)
Saturday 18.5.13 first tour -11:00 second tour -13:00.
In the picturesque village of Jish a special concert will be held in the old church, featuring traditional Russian folk music instruments. At the end of the concert a guided tour will take participants through the old village alleys, and tales of the old villagers will be told. Wine tasting at the Jaskala winery is included in that tour. The event is sponsored by the JNF and is part of the project of "the path of co-existence Jish-Dalton" the generous donation of the Eduardo Argas family of Chile.
Departure from "Butrus Church" please wears appropriate attire
Participation fee: NIS 50.
For further details and reservations; 04-6919807, contact for the day of event: Liora 050-6956385
Please note: places are limited. Please order ahead of time.
Mosh Ben Ari at the closing concert of the festival, Mevo'ot Hermon
Saturday night 18.5.13
The mevo'ot Hermon regional council, home to a large number of wineries, participating in the festival, will host the singer Mosh Ben Ari, in a festive finale concert. The concert will be held on the grounds of the regional council at COAH JUNCTION, outdoors.
Entrance fee: Nis 100, including a glass of wine .
Full details and downloadable festival program at: http://wine.galil.gov.il