Having tasted this lovely, fresh-tasting viognier at the winery's tasting room in the southern Judean Hills, it still was just as perfect, when a few more bottles arrived, well-packed, from the "Wine Chateau."
Yatir is a small and high quality winery which was founded in 2000 as a joint venture between the grape-growers of the area and Carmel Winery. The winery was built at the foot of the famous Tel Arad archeological site, which features the ruins of a 3000 year old Canaanite city and from the later period of Judea. The winery is situated in the north eastern Negev, fulfilling the dream of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, of making the desert bloom. However the high altitude, cool climate vineyards of Yatir Forest are only ten minutes away in the southern Judean Hills. It is the connection with Judea which encouraged the winery to choose The Lion of Judah as the logo of Yatir Winery. The viticulturists and winemakers of the winery are committed to the highest quality, and aim to emphasize the uniqueness of their vineyards through the character and quality of their wines.