Wineries in Israel are the “in” thing. Many of them are very successful and showing the best wines in the country with an international reputation.
Many of them offer tastings including cheese and chocolate. When you visit them, you’ll be transported to Tuscany and Bordeaux. A few of Israel’s Tour Operators specialize in this sector.
Winery tours in Israel
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Golan Heights Winery
Located in Katzrin, may be visited on guided tours through the whole process including wine tasting in a dairy boutique. The visit to the vineyard is done on a 4×4 vehicle to see the varieties of grapes and ends with the wine and cheese tasting.
The tours are available in Hebrew, English, Russian, German and Swedish, and have to be booked in advance.
Their slogan is “Leading the way in creating and nurturing the fine wine culture in Israel”, and it has brought them 75 major international awards and their products are exported to over 32 countries around the world.
Also, in the Golan Heights in Ein Zivan, it accepts visitors from 10 am to 4 pm. You may tour the winery, taste the wines and their special goat cheese and even a meal if arranged in advance.
Tal Pelter, the founder, studied enology in Western Australia and together with his brothers have established this winery with three core principles: vitality, quality, and family.
Established in 2003 in Jezreel Valley in a pastoral village called Kfar Tikva.
It focuses on producing great wine in a socially responsible way, employing workers from the same community and people with special needs, using the winery as a teaching tool to integrate members of the community into the workforce.
Located in Zichron Yaakov where Israel’s modern winemaking enterprise was born in 1882. It features a Wine and Culture Center that offers visits to the cellars and discovering their innovative technologies in wine-making.
This is one of the few wineries in the Judean Hills Valley of Elah. It offers kosher wine with only blends and no single varietals.
The eccentric winemaker, Shuki Yashuv, instills his wines with passion and some chutzpah as well,” says Katz. “If you’re lucky he may still have a bottle or two of the best rosé in Israel.”
This winery is located in Binyamina. The visitor center sells homemade Tishbi Wine, fruit preserves and other fine foods. It has its own restaurant overlooking the vineyard. It’s all Kosher.
With a family history deeply connected to winemaking, it has grown from humble beginnings to be an internationally acclaimed winery with a total of six vineyards.
This one is in Eshtaol, in the Judean Hills. Here Israel Flam and his children came together to make some of Israel’s finest wines.
You may book a tour of wine and professional degustation. They pride themselves on painstakingly tending to each of their four vineyards’ every need.
Founded in 1952 it is considered one of Israel’s veterans in winemaking. Through the years have transformed from mostly sweet to a variety of flavors falling under five different labels.
It is located at a 90-year-old building in Binyamina and offers winetasting tours and even grape juice for students.
Located in Rachelim, Samaria (the west bank) this winery, producing excellent wine thanks to cool weather of the area, the grapes come from Mt of blessing (Mt Gerizim ) area, the winery complex is very nice and welcoming
Located in Shiloh, Samaria (the west bank). This winery doesn’t have a proper visiting center yet, but I was told this is going to happen soon, this is one of the top wineries in Israel, have world fame for its fantastic wine