Margalit - Family and Finesse

Margalit is a family winery built on the twin pillars of passion and science. Established in 1989 by father-and-son Yair and Asaf Margalit, they launched their first wine in 1991. After some years of producing their wines in an agricultural building surrounded by etrog orchards, the winery was relocated a few years ago to new quarters in Binyamina, a short drive from two of their three vineyards. With their attention to detail and passion for elegant wines, Margalit is considered one of the leading boutique wineries in Israel. Dr. Yair Margalit, a physical chemist by profession, is a pioneer in elevating the science of winemaking in Israel. He is the author of three books, which are used wor

Winter Wine

After a brief respite which saw a burst of wild-flowers and looked like the advent of spring, winter came back this week to bring us some much needed wet weather, and beautiful, misty vineyards at Domaine Du Castel in the Judean Hills. I doubt there could be a better way to enjoy the weather than with a roaring fire and their just-released 2015 Petit Castel in their visitors' center at Yad Hashemona, some 20 km from Jerusalem. Petit Castel 2015, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, is a full-bodied wine tasting of rich black fruits and elegant tannins. Already drinkable on release it will improve with aging. If you can get your hands on a couple of

A celebration of History

Kerem Montefiore is different. Not only is it Israel's only openly commercial négociant winery, but far more important than how it makes its wonderful wine, is does so as a salute the history of a family that traces its roots as far back as the 15th century, it is a proud celebration of Zionism - past and present. The winery was established in 2010 by CEO Arnon Geva with David Montefiore and his sister Rachel Nataf Montefiore, the direct descendants of the great British philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore who in 1860 founded Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first neighborhood outside the Old City and the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem. Adam Montefiore, Rachel and David's father, is the winery's Ho

Nature's best

It's always a good day when I am introduced to a new vineyard, and even better when it is one as special as Recanati Winery's newly-planted at Moshav Netuah in the north. Not only is it the home to their own Marawi vines, but more important, it's a bio-dynamic vineyard, where the soil wasn't ploughed and wild-flowers and natural covers abound. And if the day couldn't get any better, we were treated to a tasting of Recanati's premium wines including their two Special Reserves, and Marawi, Marselan, Wild Carignan and Petit Sirah reserves. For more info about the winery go to Photos by David Silverman. Copyright © 2017 dpsimages. All Rights Reserved

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