The seeds for the Nachmani Winery were planted in 2003, when David Nachmani was given a gift of a wine-tasting class in honour of his 50th birthday. Around the same time, a friend had grapes available as a result of closing a vineyard, and David thought it would be a fun family project to attempt to make wine, now that they knew a little more about drinking it.
This romance was born and flourishes to this day – to such an extent that the permanent wines are named after their children: Gilad (Cabernet Sauvignon), Hagar (Merlot) and Shaked (a 50/50 blend of Cab Sav and Merlot); Mika (Shiraz), the most recent addition, is their daughter in law.
About the Wine
David has grape growers that he works with on a regular basis throughout the year to ensure the highest quality raw ingredients make up the basis for his wine, primarily based in the Golan Heights and Galilee areas. He sources from new growers when needed to maintain his high standards. Find out more about The Vineyards.
The wine is made at the home winery, nestled on the Gilboa in the Yizreel Valley. What started out as an experiment evolved from improvised methods to an increasingly refined process: crushing grapes with their feet was replaced by a hand-operated press and then a mechanised one; wood chips were added to the wine housed in plastic jugs before barrels were purchased and then custom made for the winery.
The small scale of production means David is able to constantly monitor and refine the process, adjusting aspects to improve each barrel as appropriate. Further detail about David’s winemaking process can be found here.