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Flam Winery

Flam Winery - Philosophy

The combination of our love of wine, of Israel and our youthful spirit leads to the creation of the distinctive wines at Flam (winery). The resulting wines are exciting, Mediterranean in style, due to a never ending process of innovative creation in the heart of the Judean Hills for over a decade.

The vision of the winery was born in Tuscany (Toscana) - Chianti Classico in 1996. While on a fascinating tour amongst the splendid wineries of this enchanting region, Gilad & Golan decided to build a boutique winery in the Land of Israel, which shall be surrounded by superb vineyards, and would be the source of the best possible Israeli wines.

In 1998 this dream was becoming a reality. Golan & Gilad Flam established Flam winery in the Judean Hills. Their mother, Kami Flam, joined them as a founder & active partner, drawing from her extensive background as a businesswoman, and contributing to the great success. The winery has been drawing the faithful attention of wine lovers, restaurateurs, and numerous wine critics from Israel and abroad ever since.

The winery is situated in the picturesque view of the Judean Hills, at the origin of the Kisalon Creek and at the foot of the Kdoshim Forest, merged with the natural scenery, and combines high quality wines with Flam's second generations' refreshing attachment to the land.

Flam Winery - Ideology

I firmly believe that the secret of wine's allure and its marvelous taste are rooted in the winemakers' devotion to the vine cultivation in the vineyards (pruning, shoot thinning, green harvest, and finally harvesting at best phenolic maturation), followed by a hands on approach to all the processes taking place within the winery.

We consider the purity of fruit, and its delicate balance with the oak derived flavors of paramount importance.

Each vineyard is divided into distinct plots. The fruit originating in a certain plot is then fermented and aged separately in order to highlight the integrity of the terroir of each vineyard. The final blend amounts to more than the mere sum of its constituent parts.

We are committed to the production of high quality Israeli wines, boasting intense colors, rich fruity aromas with finely integrated oak. Our wines are both rich & powerful, as much as they are balanced & velvety.

Our Team here at Flam winery believes in sustained quality and a commitment to excellence that are expressed both in the vineyards and the winemaking process.

Flam Winery - Vineyard Loction and Region of Grapes

"Excellent vineyards are elementary for quality wine"

Here at Flam we adhere to the European dogma that the basis for great wine is in the vineyards, and that is why our vineyards and their terroir are our first priority.

The search for the very best soils, with the vision of creating premium wines, was an arduous journey for the Flam family. A journey that transversed mountain ridges and valleys, carefully examining microclimates, soils, seasonal adaptations until the most suitable soils were chosen. The winery is currently focusing on single vineyards in three locations on the upper gallile: Dishon and Ben Zimra, two vineyards are rooted on volcanic soil, 700 meters above sea level, and one vinyard in Kdesh Valley which has Terra Rossa soil 500 meters above sea level. And four vineyards in the Judean hills: Matta, Givat Yesheyahu, Givat Halukim, and Shoresh.

The vines were then planted in the Upper Galilee and the Judean Hills in the very best plots which produce exquisite fruit in very low yields.

The myriad of different soil types that constitute our carefully managed vineyards, contribute to powerful and expressive wines that showcase the rich Mediterranean viticulture heritage that is being revitalized.

Vineyards

Upper Galilee
Kerem Ben Zimra
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah
Altitude: 780 m
Geology: 4 plots in Ramat Dalton, deep basalt & clay soil
Climate: cold winters, with occasional snow in January. Ripening season: fairly constant day temperatures of ~28C and ~16C during the night.

Dishon
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,Syrah, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot
Altitude: 430 m
Geology: our plots are positioned on the south side of the Kadesh Valley in the Naftali mountain range. Soils are black alluvial, mixed clay with gravel, which allow for excellent water drainage. This microclimate is perfect for a balanced and even ripening season. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grow upon terra rossa deep clay soil and the Merlot is mostly nourished by limestone.
Climate: relatively cool winters with rare snowfall. The ripening season is characterized by warm days and cool nights with sharp temperature fluctuations between day and night.

Judean Hills
Giv'at Yesha'ayahu
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Altitude: 420 m
Geology: The plot is in the Chaklil Creek. Soils are mixed clay with limestone with excellent water drainage.
Climate: the unique topography of this region causes low temperatures during the nights due to the cold air that gets trapped in the creek and moderate temperatures during the day.

Shoresh
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Altitude: 620 m
Geology: small plots dispersed in this mountainous vineyard whose predominant soil is terra rossa.
Climate: Cold winters and large temperature discrepancies between day and night during the summers that are characterized by heavy dew in the early morning.

Givat Hachalukim
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Altitude: 320 m
Soils are mixed clay with limestone with excellent water drainage.
Climate: the unique topography of this region causes low temperatures during the nights due to the cold air that gets trapped in the creek and moderate temperatures during the day.

Matta
Varietals: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Altitude: 700m
Geology: Predominantly clay with some limestone, deep soils in the creeks and shallow soils on the slopes with excellent drainage.
Climate: Cold winters and large temperature discrepancies between day and night during the summers that are characterized by heavy dew in the early morning.
Viticulturist: Amit Nir