A Profile in Israeli Wine: Lenny Recanati of the Recanati Winery

One of the more successful mid-size wineries in Israel is the Recanati Winery located in Efeq Heziq. Drawing upon vineyards from the Upper Galilee, the Jerusalem Hills and about Zichron Ya’akov, the Recanati Winery has grown from about 200,000 bottles in in first year to about 1,000,000 bottles expected in 2010. This success can be measured by the growth and production of the winery as well as the recognition of the quality of the wine. Under it ‘s founding winemaker, Lewis Pasco, the  Recanati Winery gained a reputation for making powerful but pleasing award winning wines. After 8 years together, Lewis Pasco went on to become a consultant for wineries in California.

 

Lenny Recanati

Lenny Recanati and a bottle of his praise-worthy 2008 Recanati Rose.

 

This could have been a crisis for many wineries, but under the leadership of owner Lenny Recanati, this change became an opportunity. Israeli born Lenny had been a fan of winemaker’s Gil Shatzberg‘s efforts at the nearby Amphorae Winery and brought Gil over to take the helm. There have been subtle changes in the wines as Gil and Recanti’s other winemaker Ido Lewinsohn have stressed more Old World techniques than Lewis Pasco’s wines may have exhibited.

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