Producer wine
Philokalia

COUNTRY :
Palestine

REGION :
Bethlehem

PRODUCTION :
5,000 bottles

Philokalia — “Love of the Beautiful, the Good”

In the garage of his home in Bethlehem, Sari Khoury makes wine with rare grape varieties native to Palestine. He started the project in 2015, after years of traveling and making wine with mentor Pascal Frissant. He was inspired to return home and explore the depth of Palestinian winemaking by Nasser Soumi, a Palestinian artist and wine researcher. Sari writes, “he spoke to me about Palestine’s rich wine history; the domestication of the grapevine and olive tree by the Natoufians in the 7th millenium BC, the wine jars found in the tombs of the Pharoahs originating from Palestine, Gaza wine merchants in Bordeaux in the 7th century A.D., and I wondered why our colorful history is covered by the greyness of the present moment.”

He works with ungrafted, dry-farmed bush vines and does not reveal the names of the varieties. Previous vintages have been made with purchased fruit from nearby growers but in 2022 Sari released the first wine from his own plot.

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CUVÉES
Wine

“Grapes of Wrath”

Region: Bethlehem
Grape: blend of native grapes
Soil: clay, limestone
Vines: dry farmed old vines
Farming: low intervention
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 95% of grapes destemmed, each micro-plot co-fermented, macerated on the skins 1-8 weeks, 3 rackings.
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Anima Syriana”

Region: Bethlehem
Grape: blend of native grapes
Soil: clay, limestone
Vines: dry farmed old vines
Farming: low intervention
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 95% of grapes destemmed, co-fermented, daily punchdowns, 2 week maceration, 3 rackings.
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Stubborn Saints”

Region: Bethlehem
Grape: blend of native grapes
Soil: clay, limestone
Vines: dry farmed old vines
Farming: low intervention
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: grapes destemmed, co-fermented, daily punchdowns, 2 week maceration, 3 rackings.
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none