Today there is a very serious approach to the significance of soil types in the vineyard, the angle of exposure to the sun, the winds and their direction, climate and micro-climate, the vineyard’s altitude above sea level and its effect on the grapes and wines. As the altitude rises the temperatures get lower, but the exposure to the sun also increases. In most wine regions around the world, vineyards are not planted at altitudes exceeding 1,000 meters – beyond this elevation the cold adversely affects the ripening of the grapes.
Tura Winery’s vineyards were found to be some of the finest vineyards in the country. They enjoy a unique and rare terroir, and ultimate growing conditions. These arise from the vineyard’s altitude on an 850 meter high mountain, exposed to winds from the west. The fog which lies upon the vineyard until late morning and the weather (16 degrees in summer nights with a humidity of 98%, and minus 4 degrees in the winter and sometimes snow) together with rocky terra rossa land, give the grapes exceptional quality which has become known in the region and around the country. It turns out that the difference in temperatures at the high altitude makes a difference. The vines are richer and have a powerful aroma, which affects the quality of the wines and contributes to a wide range of enhanced flavors.
The first 5 acres of vineyards were planted by Vered and Erez Ben Sa’adon in 1997 in the village of Bracha. Since then, they have planted many more. In total, Tura winery owns nearly 150 acres of wine vineyards from the varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Viognier.