Flam Winery is family.
The winery, located in the picturesque Judean Hills, is owned by brothers Gilad and Golan Flam. Sister Gefen (literally vine) and mother Kami also work at the winery.
“We are a family wine estate,” explains Gilad. “We grow wine, not grapes. We control the process from the planting of the grapes to the bottling of the wine and the labeling. The whole family is working to produce the best product that can be.”
The Flam children grew up in the vineyards. Their father was one of Israel’s first winemakers when he got his start in 1968. He was trained in Napa Valley and later became the chief winemaker of Carmel Winery. In that role for 25 years, Gilad and Golan grew up with the harvest.
“My brother went to study winemaking in Italy. He was working in Tuscany in the 1990s. Then we decided to open the winery,” says Gilad.
For the family members, Flam Winery is not a job but a passion. Gilad says he thrives off his connection to the land.
“The whole process of making wine from the land is an art,” he says, explaining his Zionist dream of planting lifelong roots in the Holy Land. He says planting a vineyard in Israel is a statement.
A delicious statement.
Flam wines are among the top-rated wines in Israel. The Flam Noble, sourced from the Galilee’s pristine Dishon, Ben Zimra and Mata vineyards, is considered one of the country’s finest red blends. Elegant in its composition, this wine is aged for 20 months in new French oak giving it a well-balanced and robust character.
The Judean Hills environment – warm sun, mountains that are gently caressed by the cool maritime breezes from Israel’s Mediterranean coastal plan – also contributes to the quality of the wine.
A third generation of Flams are growing up at Flam Winery, playing in the vineyards and beating to the rhythm of the fields and vineyards. Gilad says he doesn’t know whether his children will join the business when they get older. For now, they are just enjoying living with the winery.
“There is a lot of heritage here,” says Gilad. “This is a family in which the wine and the wine business is our life.”
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