Wine Tour Itinerary

Day One: Sunday March 27, 2011

Food and wine pairing dinner presented by David Rhodes, our resident expert, in a restaurant. Tonight’s wine will be hand-picked by David.

Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day Two: Monday March 28, 2011

Breakfast at hotel

Walking tour in the gentrified area of Neve Zedek and Manshiya (train station) considered the most picturesque areas of Tel Aviv today.

Rabin Square

The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv is a multi-disciplinary museum focusing on the history and culture of the Land of Israel through an array of extensive permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibits in archaeology, ethnography, folklore, Judaica, cultural history and local identity, traditional crafts and practical arts. We will see reconstructed wine and oil presses, in addition to traditional working tools common to the Land of Israel and the region.

Lunch en route

Alexander Winery

Alexander Winery which started in a Tel Aviv apartment in 1996 now produces over 50,000 bottles a year under several labels, and is expanding further, although “each bottle receives personal attention”. The vineyards are located in various areas around the Upper Galilee, and some of them are as old as 30 years.

Visit Yemin Orde, recently damaged by the forest fire, youth village. Dinner at guest house with guests from local wineries

Dinner at leisure

Overnight: North

Day Three: Tuesday March 29, 2011

Breakfast at guest house

Galil Mountain Winery

Our first visit of the day is to the Galil Mountain Winery located in a wadi adjacent to the vineyard, close to border between Israel and Lebanon. At an elevation of 680 meters, we find a diversity of grape varieties, and an attractive building and visitors center.

Rimon Winery

The Rimon Winery (translation: pomegranate) is Israel’s most famous fruit wine producer and is owned and operated by the Nachmias family, a third generation farming family who were among the founding fathers of Moshav Kerem Ben Zimra in Israel’s Upper Galilee. The father and son winemaking team of Gaby and Avi Nachmias, a farmer and a businessman respectively, were inspired by a love of their land and wine, to create a unique style of wine – made from special pomegranates developed in their own orchards.

Dalton Winery

The Dalton Winery will be excited to meet members of the Kosher Wine Society at their new premises in the Dalton Industrial Park. The new facility is capable of handling up to 1000 tones and will allow the winery to grow in the coming years. The winery has a great visitor’s center.

Adir Winery

At the heart of the Upper Galilee region, along the slopes of Admon Mountain, is an inspiring family winery that has raised the standard of Israeli wine to a whole new level. Adir Winery produces high quality wines that are a true reflection of the favorable conditions in which their grapes were grown and harvested. Adir wines excel in their aroma, taste and body. They are a true gift of nature, grown with the love of the earth, nurtured by the warm Mediterranean sun and produced with ultimate care and a commitment to uncompromising quality.

Adir Dairy

Lunch at the visitors center will include products of the Adir dairy, sister company of the winery. The dairy has the country’s largest herd of goats, and produces a range of high quality products based on pure fresh goats milk.

The remainder of the afternoon will be spent in Safed, one of the 4 Holy Cities, exploring the picturesque alleys, entering some of the ancient synagogues and hearing about the Kabbalah.

Dinner at leisure

Overnight: North

Day Four: Wednesday March 30, 2011

Breakfast at guest house

Golan Heights

Ascend one of the highest peaks on the Golan Heights for a view across the Syrian border. Here your guide will explain the more recent history of this region and the future prospects of Israel’s relationship with its Syrian neighbors.

Golan Heights Winery

The Golan features volcanic soil, the vineyards here produce some of Israel’s best and most interesting wines. The Golan Heights Winery and its premiere Yarden label pioneered premium dry wines in Israel with their first planting in 1976. We will taste their wines in Katzrin, the capitol of wine making in the Golan.

Odem Mountain Winery

The Odem Mountain Winery, at an elevation of 1,100 meters is the highest and the most northern winery in Israel. Owned by the Alfasi brothers, they produce 3 labels, Nimrod, Volcani and Har Odem in addition to a Port-style wine.

Bazelet Hagolan Winery

The rich and fertile basalt soil, specific local climate and natural production processes are the real secret of the Bazelet Hagolan Winery. They have 2 high-quality labels, Bronze and Reserve, which as of 2004 vintage are kosher.

Lunch en route

Tabor Winery

Tabor Winery produces wines which retain the individual character of the region where they are produced – typically Israeli-Galilean – embodying a blend of modern techniques and soul. Their 3 labels Tabor, Tabor Adama and Tabor Mes’ha are considered great value for money.

Proceed to Jerusalem

Dinner at leisure

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Five: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Breakfast at hotel

Tzora Winery

At Tzora Winery, according to winemaker Ronnie James, “terroir is everything”. Their vineyards extend over 3 terroirs Stone Hill (near the kibbutz), Neve Ilan not far from the highway and Shoresh close to the village with that name. The harmonious combination of favorable natural elements, soil and a cool westerly breeze creates an especially rich growing medium that produces grapes with a high potential for excellent quality.

Ella Valley Wineries

The Ella Valley Wineries are considered one of the best and most advanced in Israel, with a production of over 200,000 bottles a year, all of which are premium quality wines. Approximately 40% of the production is exported, which is unprecedented in Israel’s wine industry. In addition to the significant export to Europe and the US, the Ella Valley Wineries are one of the few wineries in Israel that have succeeded to make its way into the Japanese market, which is known as being difficult to please and perfectionist. The Ella Valley Wineries produce the following red wines: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, and Syrah.

Lunch en route

Flam Winery

Also run by brothers, the Flam Winery located in the Jerusalem Hills combines their love for wine with their love for the land. A youthful spirit makes for the ongoing creation of exciting original Mediterranean wines. From 2010 onwards, their wines will be certified as kosher.

Time to relax

Kosher Wine Society Jerusalem Food and Wine pairing Dinner (not included in package)

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Six: Friday April 1, 2011

Visit to a charismatic cheesemaker on his farm at Sataf on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Tzuba Winery

Today’s wine tour brings us to the Judean Hills and the Tzuba Winery which is built on the remnants of ancient wine presses that date back to Biblical times. Here we will walk through the nearby vineyards which also grow grapes for some of the most renown wines in Israel.

Mahane Yehuda Market

Return to hotel

6:22   Shabbat commences

Dinner at the hotel

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day Seven: Saturday April 2, 2011

Breakfast at leisure

Explore Jerusalem

Depart for Ben Gurion Airport

Day Eight: Sunday April 3, 2011

Return to U.S.