Bat Shlomo Vineyards – Wine fit for a king
HaKerem: The Israeli Wine Blog, July 21, 2014
When Baron Edmond de Rothschild first bought the land now known of as Bat Shlomo, he brought wine experts from France to school the Jewish pioneers in the art of grape-growing and winemaking, planting the original vineyards. More than a century later, winemaking has returned to Bat Shlomo thanks to the vision of investor Elie Wurtman and a great team, such as winemaker Ari Erle.
Bat Shlomo Vineyards, located in the town of Bat Shlomo, purchased by the Baron Edmond de Rothschild and named after his mother Betty Solomon von Rothschild.
Bat Shlomo, like Jezreel Valley, was founded by a high-tech executive and looks to make a high-tech, high-quality winery. (In fact, Elie Wurtman and Jacob Ner-David have been business partners in the past and are good friends.) “Science has caught up with the industry,” Wurtman told the Jerusalem Post. “It’s become more scientific and professional.”
“We’re not trying to compete with the large wineries, we’re creating a Napa-style estate winery in Israel,” Ari Erle told the Times of Israel. “We have our own vineyard, and we control growth in the vineyard where most of the winemaking is done. It’s going to be a full package of wine and tourism, only producing wines that the vineyard can support.”