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Argentina

Wine has been grown principally in the area west of the Andes Mountains since the 1500’s. 80% of wine production comes from the region of Mendoza with an impressive array of varietals and blends. With a large domestic market, the majority of the wine produced is consumed locally with wine consumption on the order of 30 liters per capital. Argentina has become one of the world’s premier wine producers and I have found kosher wines exported from both Argentina to be an excellent value. Argentina is now the fifth largest producer of wine in the world.

Byblos

Byblos is produced at an all kosher winery called Pribokaar at an altitude of about 900 meters. It is located in Mendoza in an Appellation regarded by many as Argentina’s best wine region. The wines are estate grown and bottled. They are harvested by hand from mature vines in low yield vineyards to insure quality. They use the Bonarda grape, an Italian grape varietal that was transported

Don Alfonso

When Don Alfonso ruled Spain in the 14 century, he realized that the prosperity of Spain depended on bringing people of disparate background together. He called its vineyards “the paradise of heaven” and proclaimed “its castles were gladdened by its good wines.” The vineyards in Chile from where these wines come are said to have been settled by Don Alfonso’s descendants. Winemaker Héctor Saldivia has produced this wine as a testament to this great king. Saldivia obtained his Agronomy degree at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and later specialized in Oenology. In 1995 he became a member of the Agronomist Oenologist Engineers Association of Chile. His professional career began in the viticulture field developing important projects foremerging wine industry sectors. He later became the wine cellar manager for a boutique vineyard.

Layla VineyardsLocated at the foot of the Andes Mountains the grapes come from vineyards with mature vines that are least 30 years old. Night harvesting in small baskets insures that only whole

Marumatok

This producer has been a pioneer regarding premier quality wine production in Argentina. As a result, Marumatok S.A. became recognized for its brands “Valero Especial” y “Tekiah”. From 2007 they began to produce in their own winery, located in San Martin, province of Mendoza, under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. The winery is one of the few that are fully devoted to kosher wine production.

Tierre Salvaje

Tierre Salvaje in Argentina is located in Mendoza Valley, in the interior of the Maule Valley.

Valero

Valero is located in the Mendoza winemaking region of Argentina.

Australia
Altoona Hills √√√

This label is produced in South Eastern Australia in the Murray River Valley. These superior high value wines are produced by the same winery that makes the Teal Lake wines and is one of the largest family owned wineries in Australia. For more information on the producing winery see the entry for Teal Lake.

Beckett’s Flat √√

49 Beckett Road Metricup
Western Australia 6280
Corner Beckett Road and Bussell Highway
Tel: 61-8-9755-7402
Fax:-1-8-9755-7344
Email: info@beckettsflat.com.au
Website: www.beckettsflat.com.au
Winemaker: Bill Ilic
Visitor Center - tasting room and gift ship
By advance arrangement

Beckett’s Flat is a boutique premium winery established in 1992 on a 35 acre site situated in Australia’s foremost and celebrated estate wine region, Margaret River in Western Australia. It is considered the wine region most like both Napa and Bordeaux in its climate and gravely loam soil characteristics. This small wine growing region provides warmer nights, cooler days, and higher humidity than inland areas. It is only responsible for about 10% of Australian wine production but is the premier appellation in Australia.

I had the pleasure to visit this Single Vineyard Estate winery in early 2009. Bill and Noni Ilic operate a first class vineyard, with a passion for excellence and are hands on in all respects. There are about
20,000 vines and modern winery with visitor’s center. It is about a three and a half hour ride from Perth so if you go, please be sure to call in advance.

They even have limited guest house accommodation in a charming one bedroom vineyard cottage. All their kosher wines are Mevushal. Their new Five Stones label is inspired by the biblical story of David and Goliath: “Then he took his staff in his hand chose five smooth stones from the brook, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and with his sling in his hand, approached the philistine”….They are progressive in the use of advanced Stevlin closures to replace the use of corks.

Harkham Windarra

Joseph River √√

Produced at the Harvey Fresh Winery where the beautiful Darling Ranges incorporate altitude and undulating landscape. It provides for fruit of exceptional character. Their line of kosher wines is a selective range of full flavored, elegant wines. They have seen an enormous growth in viticulture, over the past five years, which led to the development of their winery built and established in November 1999, ready for their first vintage in March 2000. The winery draws its wine grapes from Growers within the Geographic region of the South West of Western Australia. This region stems from North of Harvey down to Busselton including areas such as Donnybrook, Capel and the Ferguson Valley.

Koolabara Hills √√

Located in Western Australia, they enjoy a classic climate of warm
sunny days and cool evenings, with soil structures that are ideal for
grape growing.
Teal Lake √√√

When wine production began in Australia during the early 1800’s, the wines produced were rich and sweet, typical of a warm climate, and for the most part just used locally. However, using modern technology Australia began to produce popular wines that rivaled the wines in the west. Teal Lake has become one of the most sought-after kosher labels from Australia with a high value range of wines produced in the Southeastern Australia winemaking district of Swan Hill/Murray River. The winery that produces this label is a superior producer located about four hours drive north of Melbourne in an area originally famous for its gold mining heritage. All their kosher wines are Mevushal. Water is a very limited and precious commodity here.. Drip irrigation is essential to the production of high quality wine grapes.

Austria

Austrian wine exports are at an all time high even though most of
the wine production is consumed in Austria. With four major growing
regions they grow many varietals and seem to specialize in sweet wines.

Hafner
This family owned winery in the village of Moenchlof is not far from the Hungarian border. It was founded in 1970’s and specializes in white wines and sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Zweigelt and Gruner Veltliner grapes.
Canada

Chile

Chile enjoys a combination of ideal conditions, skilled winemakers and investment so it produces excellent wines from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and
Riesling varietals. Chile has been producing wine wince the mid 16th century and has recently emerged as producer of great kosher wines of low cost and excellent value.

Alfasi √√√

Alfasi wines are indeed superior products at low cost making them an exceptional value. Made of grapes from the Maule Valley just south of Santiago, Chile’s capital city, Alfasi wines benefit from an almost ideal
paring of sunny climates and cool ocean breezes. The surrounding mountain ranges provide a cool, moisture-free climate.

Don Alfonzo

The Viñedo Chadwick vineyard is located in Puente Alto, on the south-east border of Santiago, the capital of Chile, along the Northern bank of the Maipo River in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

Lanzur

The Mediterranean-like climate in the Maule Valley makes it an ideal wine growing region.

Layla

This is Chile’s oldest family estate vineyards and winery. It is situated in the Lontué/Curicó/Maule Valley Appellation.

Cyprus
The Talmud references Yayin Kafrisin (wine from Cyprus) as one of the ingredients in the spice mixtures used in the Temple. With an ancient history is all the more appropriate that kosher wine is available from this area.

Lambouri Winery √√

My Rating: Superior
Located in the village of Kato with vineyards on the Trodos mountains, this family owned winery began producing superior kosher wine since 2007.


France
Herzog Selection

These wines are the life work of Pierre Miodownick, an accomplished winemaker with an eye for great wine and new markets. With fanatic attention to detail, quality, and grapes, Pierre has worked to bring wines from all the great vineyards in France to consumers. Pierre considers it his goal to familiarize American consumers with the great wines of France while demonstrating the quality and craft that continues to define the production of French wines.

Georgia

Georgia is home to the some of the oldest wine-making tradition in the world. Vineyards in the Kakheti province have produced Georgia’s strong and fruity wines for thousands of years. Georgia is also home to a Jewish community with roots stretching back well over 2,000 years. But it was only during the 2007 grape harvest at the Alaverdi winery that these two ancient parts of Georgia’s culture came together.

Dozortsev and Sons
Hungary

“Vinum regum rex vinorum”—the wine of kings, the king of wines,
exclaimed King Louis XIV when he first tasted the native Hungarian Tokaj
wine. Hungarian wine is so highly regarded; it is even remembered
in the Hungarian national anthem.

Langer Reserve

Hailing from the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in Hungary, Langer Reserve
wines are all kosher and new to the market.

Israel

Adir Winery √√

Dalton Industrial Zone
Tel: 972 04 698 9888
Mobile: 972 052 666 5110
adirmail6@walla.com
This premium winery started in 2003 includes a small theater area with an informative video in a new visitor’s center, which offers the opportunity to sample Adir goat cheeses as well as Adir fruits and vegetables. They produce oak aged varietals in addition to a superior Port Style wine called “Plato.”

Agur Winery √√

(Kosher since 2007 vintage)
Meshek 17
Moshave Agur 99840
Tel: 972 02 9910583
Fax: 972 02 9910483
Email: yashuv@netvision.net.il
Winemaker: Shuki Ashuv
Alexander Winery √√

(kosher since 2006 vintage)
Farm # 12, P.O. Box 8151
Tel: 972 09 882 296
Fax: 972 09 887 2076
Mobile: 972 054 435 0180
Email: a_wine@netvision.net.il
Winemaker: Yoram Shalom
Located on Moahave Beit Yitzhak in the Sharon Region, this is a premium winery, founded in 1966 that offers lectures, wine courses and tastings.

Amiad
Arza Winery √√√√

POB 69, Moshav Kidmat Zvi 12421
Jerusalem 91181
Tel: 972 02 535 1442
Fax: 972 02 535 2128
Email: office@arza.biz
Web site: www.arza.biz
Winemaker: Philippe Lichtenstein
Located in an eastern Jerusalem suburb called Male Adumin Arza
Winery was a branch of one of the first wineries established in Jerusalem
in the modern era in 1847. The vineyards are in Moshav Uesodot
and Moshav Beit Hilkiiiya in the Shoreq region.
Labels:
Charisma—quality varietal wines
Dessert—red and white wines made from Muscat grapes
Grape Juice—traditional Kiddush juice made from Carignan grapes
Barkan Wine Cellars √√√√

Kibbutz Hulda
Tel: 972 08 935 5858
Fax: 972 08 935 5859
Email: h-winery@barkan-winery.co.il
Website: www.barkan-winery.co.il
Winemaker: Ed Salzburg
Southeast of Tel Aviv in the Judean Plain, Barkan Wine Cellars is a premium winery and a Middle Eastern delight. It was founded in 1889 as the Friedman Winery making sweet Kiddush wine and brandy. In 1964 it was acquired by the Tnuva food company. In 1990 it transferred
to its current ownership with an aggressive program of modernization and expansion. A new facility opened in 2000 at Kibbutz Hulda with new bottling facilities in 2003 and offices in 2004. It is now the second largest winery in Israel and the parent company of Legal Wines.

Barkan wines have received accolades from the most esteemed wine competitions in the world, such as the Barkan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which won a gold medal at the Vinexpo exhibition held in
Bordeaux, France.
They are building one of Israel’s most comprehensive and beautiful visitor’s’ centers at the winery at Hulda. This center will include a large professional library, a museum, and a tasting room.

Labels:
Reserve—Award winning premium varietals aged in choice oak barrels.
Superieur—Limited quantities in exceptional years
Altitude—Small parcels are harvested, fermented and aged separately
and blended into three wines from 412 meters - Kadesh Valley, 624
meters - Alma, & 720 meters Dovev.
Classic—Popular premium varietals
dOmaine—Youthful and popular any-time
Bashan Winery √

Avnei Eitan, Golan Heights 12925
Tel: 972 04 6600708
Tel: 972 054 4603213 To Visit
Fax: 972 04 6762618
Email: bashanwinery@013.net
Winemaker: Uri Rapp
Founded in 2004 this all organic boutique winery is located in the southern Golan near the El Al River’s “Black Waterfall”. Visits may be arranged by calling in advance.

Bazzelet Ha Golan Winery √√

(Kosher since 2004 vintage)
Kidmat Zri, Golan Heights 12421
Tel: 972 (0) 4-6965010
Fax: 972 (0) 4-6965020
Email: Bazelet@netvision.net.il
Website : www.bazelet-hagolan.co.il
Winemaker : Yoav Levy
Visitor’s Center and Tasting
Sunday – Friday 9AM-3PM – Fee
A premium winery founded in 1998 and located in the Golan Heights near Katzrin, all wines are kosher beginning with the 2004 vintage. The first wines were reported to be produced in a bomb shelter. The label bears a portrait of Dionysus the ancient Greek god of wine, agriculture, the fertility of nature and the father of revelry. The visitor’s center offers a beautiful view of the Kinneret on one side and Mount
Hermon to the north.
Labels:
Bonze—aged for 8-10 months in Oak
Reserve—aged for 20 months
Beit El
Ben Ami
Benhaim Winery √√

(Kosher since 2001 vintage)
Kfar Azar – Nursery Area
34 Ben Zvi Blvd.
Ramat Gan 52247
Tel: 972 03 676 2656
Fax: 972 03 574 4089
Email: benhaim@benhaim.co.il
Website: www.benhaim.co.il
Winemaker: Elie Benhaim
Benhaim is located on Moshav Kfar Azar and founded in 1997. It has a long family tradition of winemaking and barrel making as far back as 1880 in Romania. Their wines are produced using traditional Old Word methods with grapes from the upper elevations of Upper Galil on Kfar Shamay and the eastern slopes of Mount Meron. The winery holds tastings every Friday from 11AM to 4PM
Labels:
Grand Reserve—Flagship series abed 26 months in oak barrels
Reserve—Aged for 20 months in oak barrels
Tradition—Aged 14 months in oak barrels
Binyamina √√√√

Hanassi Street
P.O. Box 34
Binyamina 30550
Tel: 972 04 638 8643/2
Fax: 972 04 639 9166
Email: visitor@binyaminawines.com
Website: www.binyaminawines.com.il
Winemaker: Sasson Ben Aharon
Visitor Center and Restaurant
Sunday to Thursday 8:00 – 18:00
Friday 8:00 – 2 hours before Shabbos
A superior winery and Israel’s fourth largest is located just south of Zichron Ya’acov, Binyamina Wine cellars was established in 1952. The main building, which today houses the Visitor’s Center, was originally built by Baron de Rothschild in 1925 as a perfume factory, and in the 1940s it served as a hideout for members of the Hagana (a pre-State Jewish defense force). Since it is located just east of Caesarea in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains, the emphasis has switched from sweet Kiddush
production wines to superior wines with innovative new releases. The visitor’s center, which is being expanded, includes a delightful garden setting, a tasting room, winery store, and gift shop. It offers
guided tours, winemaking course and wine tasting events. Catering can be arranged.
A kosher restaurant offers a wonderful dairy breakfast with meat lunches and dinners.
Labels:
Special Reserve – the flagship series of varietals with extended barrel
aging
Chosen – Three red and three white wines named for the gems on the
breastplate of the Height Priest.
Aquamarine - Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby - Syrah
Sapphire - blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot
Opal – Sauvignon Blanc
Onyx - Chardonnay
Jasper – blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Viognier
Yogev - (“man of the soil” in Hebrew) popular blends
Titan - limited series of blended wines
Teva and Kramim - table wines
Biriya Winery √

Biriya 03805
Rte 8900
Moshav Birya
Tel: 972 052 5425223/6
Fax: 972 04 6923815
Email: drprat@zahav.net.il
Website:
Winemaker: Moshe Porat
This is a newer winery with first wines from the 2003 vintage near the town of Tsafat with grapes from Ramot Naftali in the upper Galil.` The wines are available locally in limited quantity. The Cabernet and Merlot are aged in French and American oak barrels from 12 – 18 months.
Established by Dr. Moshe Porat, a surgical orthopedist, and his wife, Hava, a pharmacist, the winery is located on

Bravdo Winery √
(Kosher since 2007 vintage)
Established by Hebrew University oenology professors Ben Ami Bravdo and Oded Shoseyov. The opportunity to apply their scientific knowledge began in 1999 began at Moshav Karmei Yosef in the Judean Hills. The Bravdo Winery released its first 2,800 bottles in 2001, though the land that the winery was established on has a grape growing history that spans thousands of years. The winery currently produces 40,000 bottles annually of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, chardonnay and a red blend called "coupage." Considered among the finest of Israel's boutique wineries.



Bustan Winery √

(Kosher since 1999 vintage)
POB 55, Moshav Sharei Tikva 44860
Tel: 972 54 4892757
Email - bustanwinery@yahoo.com
Carmel Winery √√√√

The Carmel wineries were established in 1882 with headquarters in Zichron Yaakov, sometimes referred to as the “Gallo” of Israeli wines, it is Israel’s leading producer of wines and spirits, maintaining a careful
balance between the traditional art of winemaking and the use of the latest technology. Once known more for their kashrus (kosher status) than their quality, they have made enormous strides in recent years, to
lose their perception as a producer of mediocre wines and have now emerged as a premier and even world class winery. Carmel processes about 70% of all the wine grapes produced in Israel
in four wineries from 300 vineyards from all over the land of Israel. These include: Kayoumi 1near Mount Meron, Zarit in the Kedesh Valley of the Upper Galil, Sha’al in the Goalan Heights, and Ramat Arad in the
North east Negev.

Zichron Ya’acov Wine Cellars
The Wine Street
POB 2
Zichron Ya’acov
Email: exporot@carmelwubes.co.il
Website: www.carmelwines.co.il
Winemaker: Zvi Skaiast
Carmel’s Zichron Ya’acov Wine Cellars, built in 1892, is the largest winery in Israel. On the premises, is a modern, state-of-the-art facility making small quantities of quality wines, including the “Single Vineyard” series wines from Carmel’s finest vineyards. The most advanced, modern winemaking technology blends in with the historic 120 year old cellars. The name of the winery is in memory of Edmond de Rothschild’s
father, Baron James Jacob (Ya’acov) de Rothschild, who purchased the famous Bordeaux winery, Château Lafite, for the Rothschild family. Zichron Ya’acov is a charming town which still has an atmosphere of pre-state Israel. It is situated south of Haifa on the southern slopes of Mount Carmel, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Zichron Ya’acov added a state of the art facility in 2003 which produced the “Single Vineyard” series wines. It was through the investment born of a passion for wine and the country of Israel by the famous Rothschild family, in particular Baron Edmond de Rothschild, who was the youngest son of James de Rothschild. Its trademark is a huge cluster of grapes carried on a staff
between the shoulders of two men (see Wine Wisdom).
Wine and Culture Center
Sunday to Thursday 8:30 – 17:00
Friday 8:30 – 13:30
Tel: 972 (0)4 6391788
A new visitor’s center Called “Carmel Wine and Culture” is now open.
It includes a wine shop, restaurant, two tasting rooms, a small cinema and barrel room in one of Rothschild’s historic underground cellars. At Zichron Ya’acov Wine Cellars, it is possible to see winemaking on both a large and small scale. It is the largest winery in Israel, yet there is also a small state-of-the-art facility for making the upper level wines. Visitor will learn about the history of Israeli wine from the 1880’s right up to the recent quality revolution. The winery provides a fascinating glimpse into the ancient, old and new world of winemaking, all in one setting. Wine workshops, winery tours and tutored tastings are available for groups of 10 people or more. Each offers a unique wine experience. All
bookings should be made in advance. Bistro de Carmel Restaurant (Dairy)
’Bistro de Carmel’ is a Mediterranean style diary restaurant, which is kosher. It is situated in the historic house where the winemaker used to live until the 1970’s. It offers breakfast up to 12.00 noon and then a
full menu for the rest of the day. There is an innovative wine list, which offers interesting flights of wine by the glass.
Rishon L Tzion Wine Cellars
Carmel’s Rishon Le Zion Wine Cellars, built in 1890, is situated at Rishon Le Zion, south of Tel Aviv. This is the oldest winery in Israel, and although it is now closed, it remains historically significant. No less than two future Israeli prime ministers worked there, including David Ben Gurion. The first ever use of electricity and the telephone in Israel, was at the winery. Rishon Le Zion is now the fourth biggest city
in Israel and it has literally grown around the winery, which sits in the center of a residential area. Carmel’s main blending & bottling facility is at Rishon Le Zion, which is also where the company’s Head Office is located.
Kayoumi Winery
Carmel’s Kayoumi Winery was built in 2004 to serve Carmel’s newly planted vineyards in the Upper Galilee. It is situated at Ramat Dalton, not far from the famous Kayoumi vineyard, source of award
winning single vineyard wines. The winery is very modern, compact and the equipment is absolutely state-of-the-art. It is designed for quality, allowing the winemaker ease of management with maximum
flexibility.
Yatir Winery
Yatir Winery is situated in the northeastern Negev at Tel Arad, an archaeological site with 3,000 years of history. Yatir Winery was founded in 2000 and the first wines were launched in 2004. Yatir Winery is a
subsidiary of Carmel Winery, but is managed independently having its own vineyards and winemaker. The resulting wine is marketed under the Yatir label. www.yatir.net The Yatir wines are shown here under a separate listing.
Labels:
Limited Edition – Carmel’s flagship line with a drawing of Rishon Le
Zion Cellars on the label
Single Vineyard – a premium label from prominent vineyards receiving
world class review
Appellation – classic varietals from varied regions
Private Collection – and earlier premium label launched in 1988, oak
aged varietals and blended wines of good value.
Vineyards Selected – a value brand of blends and varietals and the
largest selling brand in Israel.
Carmel Ridge – easy drinking table wine blends from Zichron Ya’acov
area.
King David – Kiddush and sacramental wines
Yatir Wines - are shown under a separate listing.
Chillag

This winery is not kosher. They do however offer a single wine under the Orna label that is produced for them by Carmel as a premium Cabernet.
Dalton Winery √√√

Dalton Industrial Area
Tel: 972 04 6987683
Fax: 972 04 6987684
Email: info@dalton-winery.com
Website: www.dalton-winery.com
Winemaker: Na’ama Mualem
Visitor Center
Sunday to Thursday 10:00-16:00
Friday 10:00– 13:30
The vineyards were planted in the 1970s and Dalton occupied its current site in 1999. In the northern part of the Galilee, about 20 minutes from Tsfat, Dalton is a newly constructed premium winery with a picturesque landscape. Surrounded by its own vineyards, with high elevation, the climate is similar to European standards; it is one of the quality wineries of Israel and has earned an especially good reputation in a very short time. Dalton Winery is close to a wide variety of attractions, many of great
religious and historical significance. The area is distinctively picturesque, offering views of the surrounding vineyards, the Hula Valley and the snow-capped Hermon Mountain.
Visitors are most welcome and the Visitor center includes benches and tables for relaxing with great views of Mt Hermon and Mt. Meron from the shade of the wooden pergola. Guided tours can be arranged. Locally made cheeses and crackers are also available.
Labels:
Reserve—Dalton’s flagship wines.
Dalton—Balanced varietal reds & whites varietals for immediate
enjoyment, yet complex enough to improve with age.
Safsufa—A mevushal restaurant series.
Canaan Series—Blended wines, ready to drink with any occasion.
Domaine du Castel √√
(kosher since 2003 vintage)
Ramat Raziel
Judean Hills, 90974
Tel: 972 02 534 2249
Fax: 972 02 570 0995
Email: castel@castel.co.il
Website: www.castel.co.il
Winemaker: Eli Ben-Zaken

Domaine du Castel is a small world class winery in the Judean Hills (Haute-Judee) about ten miles west of Jerusalem. That is earning very special attention. It is dedicated to things like harvesting by hand and
scrupulous attention to every detail. The wines are unfiltered and unfined. They are consistently among the finest wines available anywhere at any price.

After being born in cosmopolitan Alexandria and educated in England, Italy and Switzerland, Eli Acken moved to Israel, first working in agriculture and then later in the restaurant business with a the family restaurant called Mama Mia in Jerusalem. Eli has no formal winemaking education, and so when he had to decide whether or not to turn Domaine du Castel from a hobby into a formal business he was faced with a formidable challenge. Eli recalls how a sentiment voiced by Winston Churchill was very apt at this time as he felt as though he “were walking with Destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial … I was sure I should not fail” (Winston Churchill, May 1940).


Domaine Netofa

Karmei Nerofa LTD.
Mitzpe Netofa 15295
Winemaker: Pierre Miodownick
Tel: 01-678-6454
Fax: 04-678 6455
Winemaker: Pierre Miodownick
Email: netofap@gmail.com
Website:

Efrat, See listing for Teperberg 1870 Winery
Ella Valley Winery √√

Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Heh
Tel: 02-9994885
Fax: 04-9994876
Email: ella@ellavalley.com
Website: www.ellavalley.com
About 20 minutes south of Bet Shemesh is the valley known throughout the world as the place where the famous battle of David and Goliath occurred. There stands this modern premium winery. Danny
Valiero founded this winery in the late 1990’s where he combines a blend of technology and tradition to produce non-mevushal varietals and blends.
Labels:
Vineyard Choice – Flagship wines
Vineyard - Superior varietals and blends
Flegmann
Galil Mountain Winery √√√√

My Rating: Premium
Kibbutz Yiron, DN. Merom Galil 13855
Tel: 972 04 686 8740
Fax: 972 04 686 8506
Email: winery@galolmountain.co.il
Website: www.galilmountain.co.il
Winemaker: Micah Vaadia
Visitor Center
Guided tours and wine tasting are also available.
Open Sunday - Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: 09:00 - 16:00
Tel: 972-04-686 8748
This large premium winery is a joint venture between the Golan Heights Winery and Kibbutz Yiron. As the name implies, it is located in the high country of the upper Galilee, near the Lebanese border, with
five vineyards in some of the best wine-growing regions in Israel. Kibbutz Yiron has a “Living Lake.” with picnic areas, animals, pedal-boats and fishing. The Visitor center is of superior architecture with a path that surrounds the winery which allows the visitor to walk a around and observe actual production through large windows while also enjoying a view of the outside vineyards and surrounding landscape.

Labels:
Yiron – is their premium and award winning label in a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah or 100% Syrah

Golan Heights Winery √√√√

My Ratng: World Class
P.O. Box 183 Ktzrin 12900
Tel: 972 4 696 8420
Fax: 972 4 696 2220
Email: ghwinery@golanwines.co.il
Website: www.golanwines.co.il
Winemaker: Victor Schoenfeld
Visitor Center
Sunday to Thursday 8:30 – 17:00
Friday 8:30 – 13:30 - Free - Call
A world class winery established in 1983in the small town of Katzrin high up in the Golan Heights, perhaps no winery has been more responsible for placing Israel on the world wine map. They moved to their current location in 1986 and account for 38 % of Israel’s wine exports. It is owned by the eight kibbutzim that supply it with grapes. It produces consistently exceptional and award-winning products.
The largest winery in Israel. The visitor’s center and gift shop which hosts 70,000 people a year is large enjoyable and informative. The Golan Heights is a volcanic plateau of high altitude with ideal topography,
climate and soil for a variety of wine grapes.
Labels:
Yarden—The flagship series is named for Jordan River (Yarden in Hebrew). The label shows an ancient oil lamp decorated with mosaic tile.
Gamla—A superior series of varietals and named after the ancient city of Gamla. The label shows an ancient coin found in archeological excavations.
Golan—A series of affordable young varietals intended for immediate and daily drinking. The ‘g’ on the label is an artist’s impression of the Golan Heights in the spring and taken from royal seals.
Gush Etzion Winery √√

Gush Etzion Junction
P.O. Box 1415 – Efrat 90435
Tel: 972 02 930 9220
Fax: 972 02 930 9156
Email: winery@actom.co.il
Website: www.gushetzion-winery.com
Winemaker: Shraga Rosenberg
Visitor Center and Café
Sunday to Thursday 9:00 – 23:00
Friday 9:00 – 13:00
This superior winery is located in the Judean Hills at the Gush Etzion junction south of Jerusalem. It was founded by Efrat resident, Shraga Rosenberg, in his house in 1996. In 2004 a new boutique winery was
opened in cooperation with the Tishbi Winery and overseas investors. Gush Etzion Winery adds the stringencies of the IFOAM the organic and biologic agricultural organization in Israel. The grapes come from their local vineyards at altitudes of 900 meters (2700) feet). The Visitor Center also houses a Mehadrin cafe that has a full dairy menu with homemade breads, soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches, fresh fish, desserts, and of course all can be paired with a number of their
wines. The cafe is open Sunday through Thursday 9:00 am - 11:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Motzei Shabbat - midnight..

They also produce a blackberry wine and blackberry and cherry liqueurs.
Labels:
Reserve – their flagship label Cabernet Sauvignon
Etzion Winery – varietals and blends aged in oak barrels
Hakerem √

P.O. 645 Quiryat Arba 90100
Tel: 972 02 996 1120
Winemaker: Isaac Herskivitz
A small winery located in Beth-El near Hebron. They produce un-oaked varietals.

Hamasrek Winery √√

Moshav Beit Meir 90865
Tel: 972 02 570 1759
Fax: 972 02 533 6592
Email: hamasrek@hamesrek.com
Website: www.hamasrek.com
Winemaker: Nachum Greengrass
Hamasrek is a small boutique winery located in the hills near Jerusalem on Mohave Bet Meir near Bet Shemesh with a growing reputation for better wines. It was founded by Nachum and Hanoch Greengrass
in 2000 whose family is the third generation to live in Bet Meir. Grapes are drawn from local vineyards as well as Zichron Yaacov and the Upper Galil. They favor low yield grapes so the wines are rich with flavor and aroma. The name comes from the tall pine forest next to the winery, (“masrek” is Hebrew for “comb”). Visitors are welcome to enjoy the landscape and sip a glass of wine.
Labels:
Kings Blend - Their premium label Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel blend
Hamasrek – Varietals include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer., and Rose
Hammeshubach
Hevron Heights

This winery is located near Hebron in the city of Kiryat Arba. It was
founded in 2001 and markets, under a number of other labels, many
imports to North America under the brand Abarbanel.
Jerusalem Hills
Kadesh Barnea √√

(Kosher since 2002 vintage)
Moshav Kadesh Barnea
Tel: 972 08 655 5849
Fax: 972 08 535 4664
Email: winerykb@012.net.il
Web site: www.kbw.co.il
Winemaker: Alon Zadok
The Kadesh Barnea winery is located on a Moshav of the same name
in the Negev Desert.
Katlav Winery √

Meahek 8
Moshav Nes Harim 99885
Tel: 972 04 5701404
Fax: 972 4
Email: yosss@bezeqint.net
Winemaker: Yossi Yitach
Founded in 2000 at an elevation of 700 meters (2275 feet) Katlav is a boutique winery on Moshav Nes Harem in the Jerusalem Hills. Unfiltered and clarified only by racking the wine is it aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months.

Kinneret

The region the wines are produced from combines many years of history with unique growing conditions to be used for quality wine production originating from selected plots in the area. The winery produces quality varietal wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well dessert wines. All Kinneret products bear kosher certification from Israel’s strictest kashrut boards: Badatz Charedith, Orthodox Union and the Jerusalem Rabbinate.

Lavie Winery √

15 Shemen Zeit St., Ephrata 90435
Tel: 972 2 9938520
A boutique winery located in Ephrata near Jerusalem. Their first
vintage was from 2002.
Maccabim Winery √

Maccabim R- Re’ut 71908
Tel: 050 8503362
Email: info@maccabimwinery.com
This new boutique winery is located in the foothills of the Jerusalem Mountains in the town of Maccabim.

Miles Winery √
Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra 13815
Tel: 972 04 698 0623
Fax: 972 04
Email: milso13.013net.il
Miles is a new boutique winery in the upper Galilee on Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra.

Mony √√
(Kosher since 2005 vintage)
Mitzpe Emek Soreq, Bet Shemesh
Tel: 972 02 991 6629
Fax: 972 02 991 0366
Email: monywines@walla.co.il
Winemaker: Zahi, Nur & Ghassan Artul
Built in 2000 this superior winery is located in the Judean Hills near Bet Shemesh. It is an estate winery and relies on grapes from the surrounding vineyards. The facility features a large T-shaped cave for
natural consistent storage. It also produces olive oil. It is owned by an Arab Christian family that makes strictly kosher wine in a monastery. Only in Israel. Worth a visit.
Labels:
Reserve—Four varietals aged for 9-16months in oak barrels
Sunny Hills—three varietals aged for three months in oak barrels
Nachal Amud √

Mosohave Kfar Shamai, Farm No. 17
D.N. Bikat Bet Ha’Kerem
Tel: 972 050 5628004 Avi
Fax: 972 050 4989013 Eran
Email: eran_abu@hotmail.com
Website: www.womeil.co.il
Winemaker: Avi and Eran Abu
Founded in 1998, Nachal Amud is a boutique winery located between the towns of Tsfat and Meron in the upper Galilee, on Moshav Kfar Shamai. It is near the entrance to the Nachal Amud Nature Reserve.
They also produce olive oil from the family’s olive groves. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are aged in oak barrels for 18 and 15 months respectively. The Port is unfiltered and aged for 5-6 years in
oak barrels.
Noah Winery √√√

Tel: 972 09 894 3711
Fax: 972 09 894 3006
Email: directwine@012.net.il
Winemaker: Francois Raynal
Located in Moshav Geulim, west of Netanya, in the Sharon region, Noah winery was established in 2002. Geulim is recognized as a high density vineyard with varietals sold under the Noah and Tevel (oak
aged) labels to local and export markets.
Labels:
Tevel—varietals and blends aged in oak
Noah—popular varietals and blends for anytime
Or Haganuz √√

My Rating : Premium
Merom Galil
Tel: 972 054 658 2294
Email: bethayain@gmail.com
Winemaker: Giovanni Africano
This superior winery at the foot of Mount Meron was establishd by the scholars of Rabbi Sheinberger. The principals of the community are to be faithful to a visions of the Sages to focus on study of Torah and
dail labor with love, giving, and tolerance. The wines include varietals and blends.

Odem Mountain Winery √√√

Moshav Odem
Northern Golan Heights
12473 Israel
Tel: 972-(0)4-6871122
Fax: 972-04-6871120
Email: me_golan@012.net.il
Winemaker: Adam Alfasi, Yishai Alfasi
The Odem winery was started in 2002 and the first kosher vintage was 2007. It is Israel’s northernmost winery. It is a premium winery founded by the Alfasi family in a secluded oak forest at Moshav Odem
which is 1100 meters above sea level in the northern Golan Heights. The climate is characterized in winter by cold weather and in summer both by sunny days, and by cool misty nights.
Labels:
Alfasi—the flagship label Odem Mountain and Volcanic (presumably named after the grape-friendly volcanic soil in which much of the winery’s grapes are grown).
Volcani—Merlot and Cabernet with grapes from a quality organic vineyard,
Nimrod—Varietal and blended wines
Har Odem—Varietals aged in quality oak barrels for 15 months
Psagot Winery √√

Mobile Post Eastern Binyamin 90624
Tel: 972 054 61 3993
Fax: 972 02 997 8222
Email: info@psagptwines.com
Web site: www.psagptwines.com
Winemaker: Yaakov Berg
Psagot Winery is located north of Jerusalem in the Binyamin Hills. It overlooks the Jericho Valley and the Dead Sea. The winery was established in 2002 with vineyards Dolev. Wines include classic varietals and
blends aged in oak from 12-14 months as well as Prat a fortified Portstyle wine aged for 16 months.

Ramin Winery √

(Kosher since 2003 vintage)
Tel: 086602093
Ramim is a growing winery located in the Southern Plains on Moshav Sachar.

Recanati Winery √√√

P.O. Box 12050 –
Emek Hefer Industrial Zone
Tel: 972 04 622 2288
Email: info@recanati-winery.com
Website: www.recanati-winery.com
Fax: 972 04 622 8828
Winemaker: Gil Shatsberg
Visitor Center
Sunday to Thursday 9:00 – 17:00
Friday 9:00 – 12:00
Built in 2000, Recanati is a premium winery, on the coast, near Hadera.
The grapes are manually harvested and come from a variety of vineyards including Safsufa Kadita, Jezereel Valley, Judean Hills, kibbutz Manera and the higher elevations of the Ben Zimra region in the Upper Galil.
Labels:
Special Reserve—the flagship series of varietals with meticulous attention to detail and aged in oak
Reserve—the wineries man label of wines from the wineries best vineyards, aged for extended periods in oak
Diamond Series—main label of superior varietals aged in oak
Yasmin—a light and fresh red and white mevushal wine for any time
Rimon Winery √√√

Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra
Tel: 972 04 6822325
Fax: 972 04 6822324
Email: info@rimonwinery.com
Website: www.rimonwinery.com
This is a very unique winery that produces pomegranate wine. Rimon is Hebrew for pomegranate. It is located in the heart of the pomegranate orchard where the wine is produced and aged in French oak barrels. It is the only 100% Pomegranate wine in the world! High in antioxidants, health benefits, and kosher.
Once visitors have enjoyed the spectacular setting, they may visit a chic wine shop offering special tastings of Rimon wines as well as a range of pomegranate-based products, including locally made cosmetic products and a special pomegranate jam made from a unique variety of
pomegranate exclusively cultivated by the Nachmias family in the heart of Galilee.

Ruth Vineyard √
Kfar Ruth 70, D. N.
Modin 73196
Tel: 972 08 976 1800
Fax: 972 08 976 1833
Email: tal@ruth-vineyard.co.il
Ruth is a new boutique winery located in Kfar Ruth near the city of Modi’in.

Saslove
Segal’s Winery √√√

Kibbutz Hulda
In the 1950s it was called Ashkelon Wines. It is now part of the Barkan group and operates out of the facilities at Kibbutz Hulda. It is a premium winery with a family tradition that dates back to 1787. It
produces some truly excellent quality wines.
Labels:
Unfiltered—award winning label that is clarified by racking only with no fining or filtering
Single Vineyard—premium label of fine varietals and blends
Marom Galil—superior varietals and blends aged in oak
Shel Segal—popular varietals and blends for any day
Shilo Winery √√

Shilo
Tel: 972 02 940 0736
Fax: 972 02 994 2312
Email: ykveyshilohbezeqint.net
Winemaker: Amichai Luria
The wineries first vintage was 2005 with grapes from local vineyards and produces classic varietals and blends. The grapes are harvested by hand in the early morning hours.

Shemesh

Tabor √√√

P.O. Box 422 – Kfar Tabor 15421
Tel: 972 04 6760444
Fax: 972 04 6772061
Email: twc@co.ol
Website: www.taborwinery.co.il
Winemaker: Arieh Nesher
Visitor Center
Sunday to Thursday 10:00 – 17:00
Friday 10:00 – 14:00
Founded in 1999 this premium, rapidly-growing and modern winery
is located in south west of T’veria at Kfar Tabor in the Galilee. It has
already become one of the most highly regarded wineries in Israel. The
village was founded by Baron De Rothschild. Most of the grapes are
from their own vineyards on Mount Tabor.
The winery is close to the Almond and Marzipan Museum. The superior
visitor’s center includes a wine store and an audiovisual presentation.
Labels:
Mes’cha—Flagship series
Adama—Second series–Bazelet–volcanic soil in Hebrew
Tabor—Basic series–Charsit–clay in Hebrew

Tanya Winery √
Ofra, DN East Binyamin
Tel: 972 02 999 4949
Email: yoram5733@walla.co.il
Website: www.tania.co.il
Winemaker: Yoram Cohen
Tanya Winery is a family operation, and boutique winery located at the foot of the Hebron Mountains in the town of Ofra. They released their first wines in 2002. The vineyard is located on Har Bracha. They produce varietals and blends which are aged 14-24 months in French oak barrels.

Teperberg 1870 Winery √√√√
Kibbutz Tzora
Tel: 972 08 990 8080
Fax: 972 08 990 8090
Email: info@teperberg1870.co.il
Website: www.teperberg1870.co.il
Winemaker: Shlomo Rauchberger
Teperberg was founded in 1870 in the Old inside the Old City walls on Chabad Street. It has also moved from mostly sweet Kiddush wine production to a much more sophisticated range with impressive results.
In 2006 moved from Motza to occupy a new facility near Bet Shemesh. The vineyards are located in the Judean Mountains, Ella Valley, Txpr’a, Dir Rafat, and Upper Galil. The Teperberg Winery now includes the old Efrat Winery. Plans for future growth are quite ambitious. The Winery is focused on increasing its production to 7 million bottles a year and the construction of a visitors’ center. Israel’s fourth largest winery, Teperberg 1870 exports first class wines to more than 22 countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, France, England, Australia and more. Teperberg 1870 new series are highly acclaimed by wine enthusiasts and have received numerous international prestigious awards. This overwhelming success is due to the marriage between the adopted “New World” philosophy of the Winery’s chief winemaker Shiki Rauchberger and the ingeniousness of his French wine traditionalist colleague, Olivier Fratty.
Labels:
Teperberg Reserve—flagship series
Teperberg Selection—premium series of varietals and blends aged in
oak barrels
Terra—single vineyard premium varietals aged in oak barrels
Israeli—medium body wines for Israeli market
Collage—young blended wines for any time
Judean Hills—youngest series of wine

Tishbi Estate Winery √√√√
33 Hameysadim St.
Zichron Ya’acov 30900
Tel: 972 04 638 9434
Fax: 972 04 628 0223
Email: Tishbi_w@netvision.net.il
Website: www.tishbi.com
Website: www.tishbi.eu
Winemaker: Golan Tishbi
Visitor Center and Wine Store
Tishbi Visitor Center at the Winery
Road 652 Binyamina - Zichron Yaakov
Binyamina Industrial Zone
Tel: 972 04 628 8195
Fax: 972 04 638 0435
Sunday to Thursday 8:00 – 17:00
Friday 8:00 – 15:00
Tishbi Wine and Coffee Café
23 Hameysadim St.
Zichron Ya’acov
Tel: 942 04 629 0280

Tishbi is an old established wine family and has a history in Israel since 1882, following in the both the tradition and initiative of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Today it is a superior winery still located in Zichron
Yaakov, following a family legacy of great wines. Jonathan Tishbi founded the Tishbi Estate in1984.
The Tishbi Winery includes a tourist center, wine store and gift shop that overlooks the vineyards of the estate and has a kosher dairy restaurant with a rich menu based on fresh cheeses from the Yaakob and
Meiri dairy farms, fresh vegetables and baked bread. Vineyards are located in the Negev - Sde Boker, Carmel Mountain - Zichron Ya’acov, Upper Galil - Kfar Yuval & Kerem Ben Zimra, Lower Galil – Kfar Tavor, Judean Hills – Gush Etzion. Guided tours are available in Hebrew and English, take about an
hour and should be scheduled in advance.
Labels:
Tishbi Estate—premium wines aged for 18 months in French oak
barrels
Tishbi Vineyards—food friendly selection of varietals
Tishbi Series—popular young varietals and blends
Tishbi also produces white and 12 year aged Alembic brandy as well
as a line of gourmet food including wine jellies, extra-virgin olive oil,
and organic tehina paste, honey and more.

Tura Winery √

Rechalim, Mobile Post Efraim
Tel: 972 02 940 9026
Fax: 972 02 940 0402
Email: yekev-erez@barak.net.il
Website:
Winemaker: Erez Ben Saadon
About a half hour north of Jerusalem, outside the town of Shiloh, the initial production of Erez Winery began with the 2003 vintage. In 2005 the name was changed to Tura. The wines include classic old world varietals and blends aged in new French oak barrels for 12 – 24 months. The vineyards are planted on nearby Har Habracha (“The Blessed Mountain” in Hebrew).

Tzora Winery √√

(kosher since 2002 vintage)
Kibbutz Tzora
D.N. Shimshon 99803
Tel: 972 02 9908261
Fax: 972 02 9915479
Email: info@tzoravineyards.com
Website: www.tzoravineyards.com
Winemaker: Ronnie James
Visitor Center
By appointment.
This premium winery is located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, near Bet Shemesh. Characterized by low density planting in three local vineyards and commitment to quality throughout they place high
emphasis on Terrior.
Labels:
The labels for the Tzora Winery reflect its unique vineyards or terriors.

Tzuba Winery √√

Kibbutz Palmach Tzuba
MP Judean Hills
Tel: 972 02 534 7678
Fax: 972 02 534 7999
Email: winery@tzuba.org.il
Website: www.tzubawinery.co.il
Winemaker: Paul Dubb
Visitor Center
Sunday to Thursday 11:00 – 18:00
Friday 11:30 – 14:00
This new, small estate winery operates on Kibbutz Tzuba in the Jerusalem Hills. It began operation in a new facility in 2005. The vineyards of Kibbutz Tzuba overlook Jerusalem and supply wine grapes to Tzuba winery as well as other of Israel’s leading. boutique wineries. Above the kibbutz are the ruins of a Crusader castle named Belmont “beautiful mountain” with many wine ancient presses excavated in the
area. This area has many interesting attractions for visitors to consider including several archeological sites The Tzuba Hotel, Kiftzuba an entertainment and activity park. Visitors are invited to dine in the communal kibbutz dining room or enjoy brunch in the hotel lobby

Wine’s Secret Winery √

Farm # 110
Moshav Tirat Yehuda
Tel: 972 03 971 5048
Fax: 972 03 730 0145
Email: info@wine4u.co.il
Website: www.wine4u.co.il
Winemaker: Ruven Cohen
This is a family winery located in the basement of the Cohen family’s home, Located near Ben Gurion Airport, since 1999. They rely on
vineyards in the Shomron Hills and offer a wine making course, beer
making course as well as equipment for sale at their store. Visitors are
invited.
Labels:
Ruben’s—Cabernet and Merlot aged in French oak for 18 months
and 14 months respectively
Harvest—non aged Cabernet

Yatir Winery √√

P.O.B. 5210, Arad
Tel: 972 08 9959090
Fax: 972 08 9959050
Email: y-yatir@zahav.net.il
Website: www.yatir.net
Winemaker: Eran Goldwasser
Yatir is a world class and state-of-the-art winery owned by Carmel Wines in the Yatir Forrest, at Tel Arad, in lower Judean Hills or perhaps more accurately the upper Negev, Next to Ramat Arad Vineyard. It
is about 20 miles east of Massada. It is a joint venture with local wine growers and Carmel Winery. With unique terroir from the Yatir Forrest, it produces some truly spectacular wines.
Labels:
Yatir Forrest—is the premium label and blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Merlot. It is aged in French oak barrels (1/3 new) for 15 months) and unfiltered.
Yatir Cabernet Merlot Shiraz—is a second label of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon,
33% Merlot and 11% Shiraz from Yatir Forest. Aged 12 months in French oak Barrels and unfiltered.
Yatir Sauvignon Blanc—is cold fermented and aged in French oak
barrels for 3 months.

Zan

Zmora Winery √√
(kosher since the 2004 vintage)
Farm # 88
Beit Zayit 90815
Tel: 972 02 570 1402
Fax: 972 02 570 1405
Email: info@zmorawinery.co.il
Website: www.zmorawinery

-------------- Italy

Italy is the largest wine-producing country in the world, producing about 30% of the world’s wine. Italian wine is made to go with food. Most of it is consumed with the local food and is a regular part of the diet.
There are many distinct regions and styles. The two most important to kosher wine are Asti in the Piedmont region and Chianti in the Tuscany region. It is also the source of the now very popular Pinot Grigio.
Tuscany
Located in central Italy, this area has been producing Chianti and
Montepulchiano (MON-teh-puhl-chi-ano) for centuries. They are made mostly from the Sangiovese grape. Asti (AH-stee)
This is the home of Moscato D’Asti / Asti -Spumante (spoo-MAHNTay) There are many kosher varieties of these light, sweet, effervescent, refreshing party wines available from the Asti region of Italy.

Bartenura

Named for a 15th century philosopher, and currently one of the hottest kosher brands from Italy, Bartenura wines have been recently repackaged in beautifully-designed bottles. These premium Italian
wines will offer you a unique insight into the marvelous wine traditions of Italy. With a broad range of outstanding varietals, Bartenura is a firm presence on the Italian wine market.

Borgo Rea le
Casa di Luigi del Veneto


Castell de Cesare


Falesco
In the Umbria region


Freezante


Joseph Zakon


Langhe


Monte Olivio


Plateau du Vin


Primo V


Rambam


Rashi

The name Rashi is an acronym for an eleventh century scholar and winemaker known for his lucid understanding and explanations for the mysteries found in the text of classical Biblical literature, as well as for his extraordinary winemaking ability. Rashi wines are full of flavor and are easy to drink. The vineyards used in the Middle Ages by Rashi have served as models for today’s Rashi wine vineyards located in the winemaking heartlands of Italy and New York State.

Sara Bee

Sforno

Terra Di Seta


Toscaleoni


Vecchio Podere del Veneto


Verdetto Umbria


Victor


Villa Santero


New Zealand

In New Zealand we find, about 7,000 Jews, a Jewish prime minister, recently outlawed ritual slaughter, and outstanding terroir (all the right conditions) for the production of fine wine including a notable and
wonderful kosher Pinot Noir.

Goose Bay

On the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand we find a land that is so charming enchanting it could as easily be inhabited by Hobbits. Philip Jones and Sheryl Jones established the Spencer Hill
Winery in 1990. They produce the Goose Bay label for Royal Wines.


Portugal

It may be known best for Port and Madera, but Portugal has made
table wines for hundreds of years.


Abarbanel


Casa da Corca

South Africa
With a wide variety of growing conditions and microclimates, this is the oldest wine-producing area outside of Europe. The Pinotage (a cross between a Pinot Noir and Cinsault) is a uniquely South African grape, increasingly popular and worth a try.


Backsberg

After three generations of wine making on the Paarl region of South Africa, the Backsberg Estate claims the largest collection of kosher wines from the Southern Hemisphere.


Kambsberg


Paarl (Abarbanel) Eshkol

Situated in the Paarl Valley of South Africa’s Cape Province, the vineyards and winery at Eshkol share a sweeping view of the Paarl Mountains. Paarl is the Afrikaans word for “pearl.” It is said that Paarl
really is the pearl of South Africa’s various wine-making regions. Wines of the same vintage year from the southern hemisphere will be available six months earlier, as the wine harvest is in February and March rather than August and September.

Rothberg Cellars


Welnerberg


Spain


Spain has a wide range of climates and soils with a long history. It produces a growing variety of kosher red, white, and rosé wines with a fine kosher Sherry and Port. Spain has recently come of age in the
modern kosher wine world.


Bodegas Casa Quemada


Capcanes


Cordoba Alta


Elvi Makor
Gudufredo


Ramon Cardova


Sforno


Terrenal


Tierra Salvaje

United States

Baron Herzog Winery
3201 Camino Del Sol
Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.983.1560
Fax: 805.983.1775
Email: info@herzogwinecellars.com
Website: www.herzogwinecellars.com
Winemaker: Joe Hurliman
Tierra Sur Reservations
Tel: 805-983-1560
Restaurant Manager: Hugo Ham
hham@herzogwinecellars.com
Tasting Room Manager: Donna Leary
10:30am–9:00pm Sun–Thur & 10:30am–4:00pm Fri, closed Sat.
dleary@herzogwinecellars.com
Tel: 805-983-1560 x302
In 1985, the Herzog family decided to expand their winemaking operations to California, where they make wine under two separate labels:
Baron Herzog and Herzog Wine Cellars. After twenty years of renting space in various wineries, the family was finally able to build its own 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art winery just south of Santa Barbara, in the town of Oxnard. They have opened a superior visitor’s center with an elevated view if the winery floor and an OU kosher restaurant called Tierra Sur. The high point of the menu for me is a prix fix, wine taster’s meal with pairings for each course.


Carmel King David


Covenant Size: √√; Quality: World Class
1241 Adams St # 1023
St. Helena, CA 94574-1925
Tel: (707) 963-3887
Fax: 707) 963-8394.
Email: wine@covenantwines.com
Website: www.covenantwines.com
Winemaker:: Jeff Morgan
With grapes from some of the finest low yield vineyards in Northern California these wines are the world class passion of Jeff Morgan and Leslie Rudd. With outstanding recognition from some of the leading wine authorities they produce world class Cabernet Sauvignon and now a Chardonnay.
High price will keep them off my Best Buy list but if price is no object you are not likely to be disappointed for those very special occasions.


Four Gates √
Tel: 931-457-2673
Wine Maker Benjamin Cantz
Website: www.fourgateswine.com
This premium boutique winery has been the enthusiastic obsession of Benjamin Cantz for 20 years. His labor of love produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc on 3.5 acres. The grapes are certified
organic by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). The wine is non mevushal and is estate bottled.


Hagafen √√√
4160 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558 USA
Tel: 888-424-2336
Tasting Room: x113
Fax:: 707- 252-4562
Email: visit@hagafen.com
Winemaker: Ernie Wier
Tours, by appointment only, are conducted daily at 11am.
Hagafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California’s premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District--Napa’s newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas--the well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines. Owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir, the winery was founded in 1979, and the first commercially released vintage was harvested in 1980. In the ensuing years, Hagafen has grown from a small partnership producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, then owned by Rene DiRosa, to a well-established wine company whose wines are distributed throughout North America and overseas. Since 1980 Hagafen wines have been served on numerous occasions at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries.

Ernie’s daily involvement in the two sides of wine production, grape growing and winemaking, ensures the superb quality of the wines. “Fine wine starts in the vineyard with careful vineyard management,” says Weir. “I strive to take maximum advantage of the Napa Valley’s natural geology and climate to produce the best wine varietals. I interfere as little as possible with the soil, creating a balance that minimizes the chemical and erosion impact by using modern farming techniques while maintaining the age-old wisdom of balance and the traditional values of conservation and land stewardship. Once harvest is completed, I undertake the second part of my job, winemaking. This presents an interesting challenge every time since each year the growing season and harvest are unique and different. I never seek to change what Nature has provided.
“My goal is to showcase the best that our land has produced.”
All wines are mevushal and stand as a shining example of the world class quality that is available today.

Labels:
Prix – Flagship label available at the winery. Single vineyard, single block, and exclusively blended.
Hagafen – Premium varietals and blends.
Don Alfonso – Popular varietals and blends.


Joseph Zakon Winery
Joseph Zakon has been making wine since 1981 in Long Island and California. Joseph Zakon’s Crown Regal Wine Cellars in Brooklyn is a tiny producer compared to Royal or Manischewitz—but he’s doing quite well. Bottling under the Kesser and Joseph Zakon Winery labels, Crown Regal’s line of French-American and vinifera varietals, sparkling, and proprietary wines are distributed throughout US, Europe and Canada.


Kedem
1519 Rt. 9W
Marlboro, NY 12542
Tel: 845-236-4000
Email: customerservice@kedem.com
Website: www.kedemwinery.com
Tasting Room Manager : Tara Joy
Tel: 845-236-3651
For 50 years, the name Kedem has stood for quality, commitment, and family tradition. Their commitment to the strictest interpretation of kosher supervision is exactly what makes these traditional wines perfect
for the holidays. The variety of wines has expanded over the years. While the majority of the wine they produce is Concord Grape they also grow some noble grape varieties as well.


Manischewitz