“I’m Fouzat Al-Sahawneh, agricultural engineer. I work in one of the three vineyards owned by Mr. Zumot in the region of Sama, Jordan. The vineyard is about 16.5 hectares and it goes all the way to the Syrian border.
Our main grape varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay.
We planted roses and cypress trees at the beginning and end of every line of vines, and many aromatic plants like mint, sage, thymus, and rosemary in between the vines. The roots of aromatic plants are rich in microorganisms that make the soil very fertile and sometimes give the grapes a light aromatic essence.
We plant barley in between the vines because it effectively sucks the salt from the soil, improving the flavor of the wine.
Zumot vineyards are completely organic, so that means no fertilizers or chemicals. The only fertilizer that we use comes from the excrements of the fish that swim in our big pond. We transport the fertilized water of the pond to the whole vineyard with a good piping system.
The soil of the entire farm is made of basalt rocks, a volcanic rock rich in minerals that give the grapes a smoky flavor and a slight aroma of pineapple. Even the temperature is great for our wine because the temperature range helps fix the sugar and the minerals in the grapes.
Saint George is the trademark of our wine. The name was chosen because the first vineyard was established in the region of Madaba, next to the historical church of Saint George.
We solve all problems in a natural and organic way. We use falcons to scare away the birds that attack near-ripe grapes and ladybugs to get rid of grapevine aphids.
Our wines have received several international medals“.