Step In Time at Vinhos Quinta do Noval

We hadn't planned on visiting Quinta do Noval but had a few hours in hand before we left Portugal's Douro for Spain's Ribera del Duero. The spur of the moment decision to pop into this 300-year-old winery proved to hold a wonderful surprise when we were allowed to stroll around and saw this authentic labour-intensive traditional process, one that has been largely replaced by automated feet and silicon crushers. Three times a day, for 90 minutes each session, throughout the Tempranillo harvest, these young women at this winery in the Douro take off their shoes and socks and step into a lagares of fermenting wine to "punch-down" the cap. Another unexpected bounty was to find a team of workers

Open House at Ish HaAnavim

Grape Man, Haim Gan's window to the world of wine, sits in the heart of Jaffa just a few steps from the flea market. Every few weeks Grape Man opens its doors and offers a wide tasting of selected wines. The subject of this week's "Open House" was The Great France, with 20 wines from the country's famous wine regions, and some of the more notable producers, the wines being offered for sale on site for between 60-600 shekels. For more information on the next Open House, and all of Grape Man's activities, visit their website at Photos by David Silverman. Copyright © 2016 dpsimages. All Rights Reserved.

3 Ases Bodegas y Viñedos, Ribera del Duero, Spain

On the sun-drenched plateau of Ribera del Duero the Spanish boutique winery Tres Ases stands out – literally! The orange hues of the bodega, established in 2007 by three partners, calls on the wine enthusiast to investigate this modern utilitarian structure so different from the small and ancient village of Quintanilla de Arriba where it is located. With 27 hectares (270 dunam) of Tempranillo under their own cultivation in the heart of Ribera’s Golden Mile, winemaker César Arranz is passionately obsessive about the 50,000 bottles 3 Ases produces annually. All the grapes are manually harvested and after careful sorting are fermented with natural yeasts. Arranz makes two wines, the Roble which

Israel Harvest 2016

The 2016 harvest set Israel apart if a recent report from the International Organization of Vine and Wine (OIV) is anything to go by. While the effects of global warming reduced the crop of major wine-producing countries such as France, South Africa and Argentina by as much as 30% in some cases, stable weather and quality fruit hold the promise for a vintage year for Israeli wines. The photos tell the story of the hands-on approach that is so synonymous with so many of Israel's leading wineries. Photos by David Silverman. Copyright © 2016 dpsimages. All Rights Reserved.

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