Situated in the Upper Galilee region in the north of Israel in a region called Jish (Gush Halav), Shvo Vineyards is an estate winery whose traditional approach to winemaking takes advantage of an incredible landscape and exceptional soil. The vineyard benefits from the gravelly flint (clay), which is somewhat of an anomaly in the region, reminiscent of some of the most exciting soils in the Loire Valley, which spans across approximately 100 dunams (10 hectares/25 acres). The ideal terroir along with the picturesque backdrop overlooking Mt. Meron rests on top of a hill at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, tucked within the heart of a natural oak forest. Gaby Sedan is the owner of this low yield winery, and his previous experience as the winemaker at Golan Heights as well as Galil Mountain Winery have compelled him to produce meticulously curated wines in small batches that honour the terroir and appeal to refined palates alike.
A large variety of grapes are planted in the vineyard, with primarily Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Barbera for the red varietals and Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc for the white varietals. Traditional practices, such as the ancient Gobelet Pruning methods for the Grenache and Mourvedre vines, are employed to honour the approach that is still adhered to in France and Spain, in order to preserve the history of the vines and provide healthy aeration for generations to come.
Shvo is a leader in ecological approaches to viticulture, and sustainable practices are meticulously followed at every step of the grape cultivation process: no chemical herbicides are applied, and the advanced biological pest management techniques significantly reduce any need for spraying the vines.