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Meet the Wine and Vineyard Professor

Prof. Ben-Ami Bravdo, a professor of Enology and Viticulture at the Hebrew University, has implemented his knowledge in his own winery.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 3/13/2012, 6:43 AM

Arutz Sheva met with Professor Ben-Ami Bravdo, a professor of Enology and Viticulture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Prof. Bravdo is not just a professor at a university. He is also the owner and co-founder of the Karmei Yosef winery, which produces Bravdo wines. Located at the foot of the Judean mountains, the winery received kosher certification in 2008.

Along with Prof. Bravdo, the winery is run by Professor Oded Shoseyov, a faculty member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a former student of Prof. Bravdo. The two have used the knowledge and expertise they gained during at the university to produce high quality wine which emphasizes the aroma of the fruit.

“In recent years, the global village effect has caused people to travel more around the world and taste wines from different countries,” said Prof. Bravdo. “They become acquainted with the culture of wine. On top of it, in 1992 CBS’ 60 Minutes showed that wine also has health benefits. It really prevents or decreases heart diseases and vein clogging.”

Bravdo, who exports his wines to countries around the world, said he has had a very good experience with other countries.

“Two years ago, we had a shipment of 6,000 bottles to the United States and then they wanted some more and we didn’t have any, so now we’re producing much more wine,” he said. “We’ve already sent this year quite a lot of bottles to the United States, Canada and England.”

Bravdo added that in recent years, the quality of Israeli wine has increased, and that fact has brought with it a greater interest in Israeli wines by connoisseurs from around the world.