Golan Heights - current situation?
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Oct 3, 2012 5:20 AM Last Post By: ZedisDead
Oct 2, 2012 4:36 AM
So why did you hijack this thread with your politics in #5? Before that, there was no political statement whatsoever. Whether you are right or wrong is irrelevant. The point is that you are posting a political opinion which contributes absolutely nothing to answering OP's question.
Oct 2, 2012 5:15 AM
Oct 2, 2012 8:06 AM
Oct 2, 2012 8:30 AM
18Catw, tell that to all the residents of Katzrin and every other kibbutz and moshav in the Golan Heights. Tell that to the Golan Heights Winery (highly recommended for wine tasting) and tell that to the thousands of tourists who seamlessly travel through Galilee and the Golan Heights on a regular basis.
Tourists will notice no border crossing when traveling from the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, for instance, to Banyas National Park and on to Mt Bental.
Oct 2, 2012 8:58 AM
19I don't think the Golan is going anywhere anytime soon given the civil war in Syria
Oct 3, 2012 1:10 AM
20Dave, all the residents of Katzrin and the other Moshav in the Golam Heights are perfectly aware that the Golan is not part of Israel, and that they may have to move back to Israel eventually. Some of the wineries, which produce some of the best wines in the region, even have alternate locations in case they have to move at some point in time. This is not something that people fear, as the day when the Golan is given back to Syria will mean that peace has been made at last.
Oct 3, 2012 3:54 AM
21I really don't think Catw knows any Israel living on the Golan to qualify what she said. Attitudes towards retuning the Golan are quite diverse. I don have close family residing on the Golan and visit every 2 years. Many do not anticipate a return on the Golan in their lifetime. They know the alternative.
As for moving vineyard? Seeing as the soil in the Golan not found elsewhere wold impact on the quality of the wine.
Oct 3, 2012 4:28 AM
Oct 3, 2012 5:20 AM
23The vineyard in the Golan benefit from the volcanic Golan soil and give the wine its special quality
"The Golan Heights winery markets brands under the Golan, Yarden and Gamla labels and is the parent company of Galilee's Galil Mountain Winery. Golan sources its grapes from sixteen vineyards in the Golan Heights and one vineyard in the Upper Galilee. The chief winemaker is Napa native Victor Schoenfeld."
As you might surmise, it is less than 10% of the grapes
"The volcanic soil provided excellent drainage, the climate was relatively cool allowing a long growing season, and water was readily available for drip irrigation in the summer. The pioneering moshavs and kibbutzes first planted vines in 1976, and initially the grapes were sold to the large coastal cooperatives. However, local experimental winemaking in 1982 produced results which only underlined the potential and the winery was built the following year"
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