Last weekend, photographer David Silverman headed north to capture the latest snowfall on the vineyards of the Golan Heights.
“We got there pretty much after first light, before they started working on the roads,” Silverman said. “We went from El Rom east into the vineyards, where the views can be dramatic when it’s not misty and foggy.”
“Vineyards in the snow are very beautiful,” he said. “This week, the snow was different, the weather was different. I was able to bring up a picturesque view of the whole thing, it almost looks black and white, as it’s very clean, very clear.”
Silverman was photographing in the vineyards of the Golan Heights Winery, where the grapevines are still in their “winter sleep,” said Ayala Singer, marketing manager at the winery. “The cold is good for the grapes, as long as it’s not too cold.” Lower than -15 Celsius can be dangerous for the grapes, she said.
Snow doesn’t damage the grapevines and in fact, is necessary to the grapevine’s life cycle. “You always want to plant grapevines in places that are cold enough during the winter,” said Singer. “Our region is wonderful for growing grapes because of the cold summer nights as well.”
Silverman has been photographing the developing story of Israel’s boutique and established wineries since their emergence over the last 15 years.
“Israeli wine has a lot to say for itself,” he said. “The whole story grabs me.”