Argaman (grape)

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Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skinNoir
SpeciesVitis vinifera

Argaman (Hebrew: ארגמן‎) is an Israeli wine grape. It is a crossing of Souzão and Carignan.[1]

The intention was to produce a variety of wine grape with good rich color, which had been a problem in Israeli wine. Roi Spiegel of the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research and Shlomo Cohen of the Israeli Wine Institute created the Argaman (lit. "crimson") with this purpose in mind. After hundreds of attempts and micro-vinifications, successful wines were produced from it. Barkan Wine Cellars is one of the wineries that uses the variety.[2]

According to The Oxford Companion to Wine, the Argaman is used primarily for low quality jug wines.[3]

However, Segal Wines, produced from Argaman grapes grown in a vineyard in the Upper Galilee, has won prestigious awards, among them a gold medal at the Bordeaux wine competition.[4] In addition, Jezreel Valley winery won a silver medal at Terravino 2012 with a red blend which includes Argaman. Jezreel Valley Winery is one of the leading revolutionaries in the resurgence of Argaman and have successfully bottled a single varietal Argaman which is rich, spicy and complex.

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  1. ^ T. Stevenson, The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, pg 438, Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN 0-7566-1324-8
  2. ^ Barkan winery Archived September 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ J. Robinson (ed), The Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition, pg 364–365, Oxford University Press 2006 ISBN 0-19-860990-6
  4. ^ Segal Argaman wins Gold Medal at Bordeaux Wine Competition Archived June 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.