The first order made from New York amounts to more than 10,000 bottles, and the winery has already received word that the next order, planned for two months' time, will be sold in major cities throughout the United States.
Tulip Winery, considered one of Israel's
leading boutique wineries, is located in Kfar Tikva near Kiryat Tivon in the north of Israel and is owned and managed by the Itzhaki family.
The wines produced by Tulip Winery are said to be of a superb quality, the result of the winery's insistence on using grapes only from the finest vineyards, its use of the leading, most advanced manufacturing processes and technologies in the field, and several other key factors.
In addition, each wine provides the consumer with excellent value, as well as contributing to the unique Kfar Tikva ("Village of Hope") community, which is home to some 200 adults with various disabilities and special needs, many of whom take an active part in the wines' production.
Tulip Winery has won several international competitions, and garnered excellent reviews from international wine experts, including many from the United States. For example, it was the only Israeli winery to be awarded the gold medal at the 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, where it was recognized for its outstanding Syrah Reserve.
The Syrah Reserve has also received high praise from renowned American critic Robert Parker, the leading wine magazine "Wine Spectator", tastings carried out by the US website "International Wine Review" (i-winereview.com), and more.
As a first step, American connoisseurs will be able to enjoy two of the winery's red wines, Just Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, which showcases grapes from the vineyards of the Upper Galilee, and Just Merlot 2011, using grapes from Tulip Winery's vineyard in the hills of Jerusalem.
These fine examples of the winery's output will be sold in New York's high quality wine shops, leading restaurants, and centrally-located hotels.
"Approximately 20% of our product is exported overseas (next year Tulip Winery will produce approximately 175,000 bottles). We view this as a great success due to the fact that our wines are being bought on the basis of the quality and value-for-money they provide consumers," said Roy Itzhaki, Tulip Winery's CEO and owner.
The winery is certified kosher by OK Kosher Certification, Rabbi Yechiel Babad (New York), the Sde Yaakov Rabbinate of the Jezreel Valley, and Badatz Beit Yosef.