Israeli winery offers solace in the face of tragedy

Golan Heights Winery's native Californian winemaker looks to give back to his home state after massive wildfires leave thousands homeless.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Golan Heights Winery wine bottles
Golan Heights Winery wine bottles
Golan Heights Winery

As yet another natural disaster takes its toll in America, Israeli wineries are reaching out to offer solace and support.

"I would like to express my deepest condolences to those affected by the wildfires that have ravaged the historical wine region of California, a region close to my heart, which is currently reeling in devastation," said Victor Schoenfeld, head winemaker of Golan Heights Winery. A native Californian, Schoenfeld started his wine career at acclaimed wineries including Chateau St. Jean in Sonoma Valley and Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley.

"While the full extent of its damage is still unknown, we do know is that the wildfires have consumed acres of land, taking lives and livelihood down in its flames. While some wineries have been completely consumed by the flames, others like Hagafen Cellars have sustained serious damage. As fellow industry leaders, our hearts and prayers are with you."

The raging flames of the California wildfires come after a long list of natural disasters that have recently plagued the States. It is well-known that Israeli organizations are often the first to respond in times of international crisis, and during this turbulent time volunteers from Israeli humanitarian organizations joined local organizations and police to help in relief efforts across the US.

Israelis know only too well that in a time of crisis even small signs of support can have a huge impact. In an effort to raise spirits after Hurricane Harvey, two leading Israeli wineries, Golan Heights and Galil Mountain, donated 100 crates of wine to Houston Jewish institutions to help them rejoice during the recent Jewish New Year celebrations. Yair Shapira, CEO of Golan Heights Winery, said, "We are happy to be able to contribute and show the hurricane victims that Israel cares and stands by their side. We hope our award-winning wines bring them some comfort in this difficult time."