Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Chief #Winemaker Micha Vaadia

3/2 Micha Vaadia, Chief Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery


KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 hear abt #wines fr #Israel #Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We’d like to introduce Chief #Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines will talk about #wines fr #Isreal on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Micha Vaadia @YardenWines 2 say hello & so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Don't forget that EVERY tweet during this chat should include the #SommChat hashtag in order 4 every1 2 C see it! #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl As we ask Micha Vaadia @YardenWines our Qs, you can ask him Ur Qs as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat #ww

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 @KeeperColl & @YardenWines 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

Sassodoro @Sassodoro @KeeperColl @YardenWines Ready for #SommChat!

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines Is #SommChat #kosher

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Let's start talking #Wine fr #Israel with Chief #Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl We are excited to be here! #SommChat

.@demilove Learn #Israel #wine #SommChat #Winemaker Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines 12N ET

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. to @yardenwines from @racheldelrocco:

what are the primary soil types in Galilee and are you matching grapes to those? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @racheldelrocco Various types of soil including clay, terra rossa & lime. We match grapes to elevation + climate #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - Good morning from Chicago! - #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl @demilove good #SommChat morning to you too - can't wait for your questions - 1st time to do these @YardenWines wines :)

SommFemmes ‏@sommfemmes #SommChat @yardenwines What goes into making a wine Kosher?

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @sommfemmes To start, vineyard requirements. You are not allowed to harvest until the 4th year after planting. #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @sommfemmes In the cellar; only practicing Jews are allowed to make the wines. All additives must be kosher. #SommChat

SommFemmes ‏@sommfemmes @YardenWines So interesting. What is the significance of the fourth year?

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr @yrmom_safoodie to @YardenWines Rose has some very diff. grape varieties-how far apart RU harvesting? Why these 3 grapes? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie Rose is 70% Sangiovese harvested end of Sept. Pinot end of Aug. Grenache mid-Sept. #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie Sangiovese has fresh chract that suit wine. Pinot & Grenache are bled to concentrate flavors of wine #SommChat

SommFemmes ‏@sommfemmes @yardenwines #SommChat What is the average temperature during the harvest season? How would u categorize the climate?

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@sommfemmes 68-78 degree F from day to night. Climate is Mediterranean w elevation to 2800 feet #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @YardenWines Who/What inspired you to enter into the #wine industry? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines My parents are agricultural scientists and academics, and I've always been passionate about natural world and food #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl learning so much abt #wine on #SommChat with @YardenWines

Chris McFall ‏@C_McFall @YardenWines #SommChat what is your biggest challenge in the vineyards?

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@C_McFall Like the rest of the world, we are dealing w leaf roll virus. We've replanted 65% of our vines since 2007 #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@C_McFall We've created a certified Entav nursery to ensure healthy rootstock and varieties for all of #Israel #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr @LFThomas10 2 @YardenWines At what elevation is the #Viognier vineyard? Is elevation important factor in vineyard selection? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @LFThomas10 Elevation & climate are critical in upper #Galilee. Our Viognier is planted at 2460 feet #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q to @YardenWines from @yrmom_safoodie:

Are there any indigenous grapes in Galilee you think about cultivating? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie There is a movement in #Israel recovering native grapes, but we are not involved #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @YardenWines What makes the terroir of #Israel unique from other more popular regions? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines Israel has been making wines since ancient times. In upper #Galilee we have varied soils, elevation, moderate temps, low humidity #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q. fr @racheldelrocco to @YardenWines Is there much gov't regulation on winemaking? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @racheldelrocco There r regulations. We are reworking rules re: appellations, varietals, labeling #SommChat

Douglas Trapasso ‏@demilove @KeeperColl - How old is your winery? Have you been able to find good records of what winemaking was like "back in the day? - #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @demilove @KeeperColl We first planted in 1996, first vintage was 2000, & cellar was built in 2002. I joined as winemaker in 2006 #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@demilove I am passionate about #Israel wine archaeology and history. At #Galil we have an ancient press from Byzantine times #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@demilove All across #Israel there is evidence of wine history such as wine jugs exported to Europe and wine presses #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass @YardenWines @demilove @KeeperColl do you export to the U.S.? #SommChat

Chris McFall ‏@C_McFall @YardenWines #SommChat what grape varietal are you most passionate about cultivating?

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@C_McFill I can't choose just one! Syrah, Petit Verdoh, Grenache, Viognier to name a few #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass Q. @YardenWines Did you mention which grape varieties you grow? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@winecompass B/c of our diverse soils & elevation many varieties thrive. We are a young region & we experiment a lot #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@winecompass Our planted varieties #Galil include Cab Sauv, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdoh, Barbera... #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@Winecompass...Sangiovese, Grenache, Sauv Blanc, Viognier, Chdy, and lately we planted Gewurz #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: @YardenWines do you accept Visitors for tasting at the winery and if so how can someone request? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl Yes! You are welcome to visit us. For details: #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Tuning in! Looking forward to #WineWednesday knowledge on #SommChat!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr @racheldelrocco to @YardenWines What would you consider the 'emerging #wine regions' in #Israel right now? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @racheldelrocco We are still so young everything is still emerging. Upper #Galillee, #GolanHeights, and Judean Hills #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass @YardenWines @KeeperColl do you export to the U.S.? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@winecompass Yes, we are in all major markets (CA, NYC, FL, IL TX, MA, MD, etc). For details visit

Countess Rose Perry ‏@VinoCaPisco Lots of @RalphsGrocery markets carry @YardenWines in Southern California. #SommChat

Irene L ‏@i_on_food_drink @YardenWines - since you have been there, have you noticed any #climatechange? #SommChat Hello from Canada!

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@i_on_food_drink Hello Canada! We've been monitoring climate for 30+ yrs. Last 6 yrs we've seen more extreme vintage variations #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@i_on_food_drink 2015 was a warmer vintage as opposed to 2014 which was cooler. Too soon to tell if its #climatechange #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines @YardenWines @KeeperColl seems that Galil is suited to #rhone styled #wine do you agree? #SommChat @ParkPlaceWines @ToppingRose

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@noblewines Yes, I agree! #Rhone varieties doing well: Viognier, Syrah, Grenache #SommChat

WineCompass ‏@winecompass Q. @YardenWines Does the political situation allow you to visit or talk to winemakers in Lebanon? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@winecompass Lebanon is less than a mile from #Galil. We are friendly w/ other winemakers in Lebanon and beyond #SommChat

Christopher Miller ‏@noblewines How close are your vineyards to Lebanon vyrds? @YardenWines #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr @yrmom_safoodie to @YardenWines Are there particular varieties that you see becoming more important in Israeli #winemaking? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl @yrmom_safoodie Syrah and Petit Verdoh are two to watch #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @YardenWines Did you work in any #wine regions before you went to Israel? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@KeeperColl I studied #UCDavis and worked harvest in Navarro, J Wine, La Crema, Cloudy Bay and Catena. Great experiences all #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl @YardenWines What are some of your favorite #winefoodpairings you have tried recently? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@KeeperColl Lamb chops and Yiron. #Galil Rose with calamari at the beach. Sauv Blanc w/ sushi in Tel Aviv #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl q fr shy #SommChat peep: how large is your team and does #Galil @YardenWines have plans 4 growth? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl 20 people work at the winery + all our growers - it's a big family and we'll grow moderately over time #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl .@YardenWines What #wine regions do you dream about visiting in the future? #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl Priorat and Rhone #SommChat

Chris McFall ‏@C_McFall What is your favorite bottling from #Galil? What Vintage? #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines .@C_McFall Hard to pick, but soon-to-be released 2013 Yiron is looking great. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr shy #SommChat peep: During harvest, do people come from outside of #Israel to help or all local workers? @YardenWines

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl Most of our workers are local. #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Q fr Shy #SommChat peep: do you make your #wines to drink now or for aging? @YardenWines #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl Both, but I am partial to drinking them now. Our top reds can age up to 15 yrs at least #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking #Wine fr #Israel w/ Chief #Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines on #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Great to have Micha Vaadia @YardenWines join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Please join us in thanking Chief #Winemaker of Galil Mountain Winery Micha Vaadia @YardenWines for his time on #SommChat

Sassodoro ‏@Sassodoro @KeeperColl @YardenWines Thanks for a great #SommChat! Happy #WW!

Chris McFall ‏@C_McFall @KeeperColl@yardenwines thank you!!! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @KeeperColl @C_McFall thanks for joining in on #SommChat enjoyed learning from your questions #theoryking

Chris McFall ‏@C_McFall @KeeperColl that's very generous! Thank you!

Irene L ‏@i_on_food_drink @YardenWines It is on my List to visit one day with @FunJoel along with @milkhoneywhisky #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g Israel is an amazing place to visit. And they do produce excellent wine in this region. Hope to try more! #SommChat

Yarden Wines ‏@YardenWines @i_on_food_drink @FunJoel @milkhoneywhisky We would love to meet you in person. Let us know! #SommChat

Yarden Wines @YardenWines @KeeperColl Thanks for hosting us. This has been a great experience! Reach us at @YardenWines for more info #SommChat

Drew Gourdie ‏@drewbie_g A very interesting conversation, thanks to @YardenWines for making the time to share feedback! 🍷🍷#SommChat

Ormiga @ormiga late #SommChat grr @KeeperColl would have been nice ive only tssted #israel #wine 1x paris @YardenWines @Winetonight @MauricesCru @JDewps

Irad Chen ‏@IRADCHEN @YardenWines hi Micha how are you? It's Irad. What is the best wine to drink with beef? And with chicken? #SommChat

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl Thx 4 joining us on #SommChat 2day & don’t 4get 2 check out #KeeperKontest C how 2 #WINe from around the world!

KeeperCollection ‏@KeeperColl We can’t w8 for the first #wine to B revealed on MON 3/7 ! We hope U can’t w8 either! #KeeperKontest #WINe #SommChat