In 1999, Professor Ben Ami Bravdo and his former student Professor Oded Shoseyov, both faculty members of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, decided to establish Karmei Yosef Winery that produces BRAVDO wines. Bravdo and Shoseyov’s wealth of knowledge and experience is now translated to the creation of high-quality wine. The vineyards are located in the foothills of the majestic village of Karmei Yosef, on the way to Jerusalem. The Shoseyov family began growing grape vines 120 years ago. The cool summer nights and the limestone rich soil at the 50-acre Shoseyov estate are known to have produced fine wine grapes back to the time of Solomon’s kingdom.

Landmark 2B, 2012

The first in the new ‘’Landmark” premium wine series, 2B is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot cultivated from selected, outstanding quality vineyards. The grapes were harvested at a full phenolic maturation stage. The fermenting must be enriched with Cabernet Franc skins, separated from an early stage of a parallel rosé wine preparation, resulting in body, aroma, and complexity in the wine. Aged 24 months in 75% French and 25% American oak.

Landmark Merlot, 2013

A unique wine produced from clonally selected Merlot vines, harvested at phenolic maturation. The wine was aged for 18 months in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels and is characterized by deep red color, rich taste, and fruity aroma.

Coupage, 2013

The unique composition of the Coupage expresses the synergy be-tween the three varieties. The wine has aged 12 months in new French oak barrels. Opens to show intense, caressing and generous aromas and flavors of berries, black cherries, currents and bitter chocolate and on the long finish, a hint of crystallized fruits. The wine is deep in color and mouth-filling; it envelops the palate with a rich fruity aroma.

40% Cabernet Franc, 33% Shiraz, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon

Quadro, 2013

A creative red blend aged for 12 months in oak barrels with an exceptional full bodied taste. Carrying soft tannins, this wine envelopes the palate with rich fruity aromas in every sip. 

35% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 25% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon

Kosher: Mevushal

Merlot, 2012

Aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Medium to full bodied, clear and deep dark ruby in color. Showing gripping tannins in fine balance with hints of herbs and ripe red berries with an anise and vanilla flavor. Generous and long bitterness that runs through to the finish.

100% Merlot

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

Dark royal-purple in color, medium to full-bodied with tannins and wood in fine balance with fruit. Tasting of black currants, blackberries, and a light earthy overlay. The finish reveals spicy oak and hints of green and black pepper with vanilla flavor. Aged for 12 months in French and some American oak barrels, balancing its flavor to perfection. The wine is unfiltered, with an aroma pleasing to the classic palate.

90% Cabernet sauvignon, 10% Merlot

2013 Available in Mevushal

Shiraz, 2012

The wine is well-balanced, ready for drinking. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Dense with rich violet color. Deeply aromatic. Dark rich and complex with an array of spicy, smoky and meaty plum, berry, currant and anise notes set off nicely by near-sweet tannins. Medium to full bodied.

100% Shiraz

Chardonnay, 2014

This wine is ready for drinking. Aged 3 months in French oak barrels. Straw yellow/bright gold in color. Complementing tropical fruits, complex and opulent with multiple layers of citrus and melon. A touch of vanilla and butter, having soft body and tannins.

100% Chardonnay

Comprehensive Guide to Israeli Wineries, 90 points