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When Lital Ovadia, 36, moved to the Golan Heights in her early 20's to live and work in agriculture, it was the vine that won her heart, taking a job at the up and coming Pelter Winery. Over the next ten years, under the guidance of Tal Pelter, she learned all the stages of the industry, from planting vineyards to wine production, all the while finishing a degree in 2015 in Life and Environmental Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2019 Lital began her Master of Viticulture and Oenology degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, worked for a harvest as assistant winemaker at the impressive Lourensford Wine Estate in South Africa's Somerset West, and was certified as a sommelier in Tuscany. With this rich international experience, Lital launched herself into her next project, and was allocated land to plant a vineyard, build a house and a winery in Moshav Sha'al in the upper Golan Heights. She says that she loves the cool micro-climate of the extinct volcanic craters that abound in the plateau, and named her venture Tel Winery in their honor. Now in her fourth year of production, Lital makes a limited selection of minimal intervention varietal wines, all from vineyards planted 750 meters above sea level and higher, to allow the region, the terroir, and the grapes to express themselves.

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