A New Generation of Winemakers Is Reshaping Israel’s Vineyards

royal-wine-corpBranford, CT – About 2,000 feet above sea level, and 30 miles to the northwest of Israel’s largest and most vibrant city, Tel Aviv lies hills rich with pines, oaks and scrubs. The hills are indisputably at the beginning of Israel’s winemaking transformation and have emerged as a top winegrowing region. Now featured as this month’s Cover Page of the world renowned magazine Wine Spectator, Isreal is a region with some of the most fascinating wines being imported to the USA.

“There are three main regions in Israel for wine making – Judean Hills, Galilee and the Golan Heights”, said Matthew Murphy, President of Murphy Distributors in Branford. “While customers seeking kosher wine options remain the principal buyers of Israeli wines, we find our retailers say there’s growing interest among non-kosher buyers.”

“In fact, even though Israeli wines remain rooted in red grapes, there is a growing consensus among Israel’s best winemakers that a new generation of white wines will be an important part of the mix. Blind tastings were reviewed on 120 wines from Israel and more than 30 scored an outstanding 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale”, Murphy added.

“The well-structured Rhone-style white blends, minerally Chardonnays and fruity Sauvignon Blancs – the evidence is compelling that the whites will be exceptional wines,” said Murphy.

White bottlings represent the most striking improvements in the Israeli wine scene over the past few years as skilled Israeli vintners raised the quality significantly. Vintners are beginning to explore the native grapes of the West Bank-a region showing ample promise for the years to come.

Royal Wine Corp. (RWC), is the world’s largest kosher wine producer and importer. Royal Wine Corp controls much of the kosher wine market as well as Israeli wines in the U.S. They are responsible for changing the image of kosher wines of the past and replacing it with a reputation for quality.

“Royal Wines Corp. has been successful in migrating Israeli wine out of strictly the kosher section,” says Murphy. “There’s been a significant growth in Israeli wine sales in the U.S. People are curious about what Israeli wines have to offer. and we are proud to be the exclusive distributor in the State of CT.”

Royal Wine Corp.’s commitment to perfection and family tradition spans over eight generations with a growing portfolio of domestic and international wines from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy and Spain to up and coming ones like Israel, New Zealand and Argentina.

“We are very proud to be offering Connecticut’s largest and certainly best selections of kosher wine and spirits available,” said Matthew Murphy, President of Murphy Distributors. “Royal Wine Corp and their extensive family of wineries offer an impressive kosher variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot, Riesling, Sauvignon, Syrah and Shiraz, among many more that include champagne and a spirits variety from Mediterranean regions that have been producing wine for centuries,” said Murphy.

“Changing the perception of ordinary to exceptional is what Royal Wine Corp has accomplished. It brands their growth and vision. Murphy Distributors identifies totally with their philosophy and it is synonymous with our rapidly developing reputation to place and grow exceptional supplier brands in key Connecticut accounts,” he added. “We are currently delivering to retailers and restaurants throughout Connecticut and are focused on working directly with Royal Wine Corp to ensure the successful launch of all new products in the market,” Murphy added.

For more information and a complete listing, contact Murphy Distributors at 203.483.3100 or info@murphdist.com