February's Wine of the month

 wine of the monthThis is a light and refreshing wine, produced by the Salesian Cremisan monastery, perfect for a fresh and clean start to the year. The monastery is located in the beautiful hills of Beit Jala, 5 kilometres from Bethlehem and 12 kilometres from Jerusalem. 

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The wine is made from two indigenous Palestinian varietals, the Hamdani and Jandali grapes. Located at an altitude of 800 metres, the monastery enjoys a cooler microclimate. At the winery, the grapes are gently pressed then left to ferment on their lees. The wine ages briefly in stainless steel vats until it is ready for bottling.

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Cremisan is a Salesian monastery which has been producing wine since 1855. In later years, the winery's focus turned to local indigenous varietals, organic practices and the introduction of modern winemaking technique. The legendary Italian Riccardo Cotarella – nicknamed “the wizard” – is the current winemaking consultant for Cremisan.

 

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