Northern and Central Golan
Approx 40 Km.
We will begin our journey at the north end of the Golan Heights and take two days to gradually descend toward the Jordan Valley. In the midst of an ancient oak forest lays Odem, an agricultural community neighboring the Druze communities of the Hermon Region. Here you will find The Odem Mountain Winery (firstname.lastname@example.org), pressing grapes grown in magmatic soil into fine wine.
After visiting the Odem Mountain, the Alfasi’s family dream, take road #98 to Ein Zivan. Head towards the Pelter Winery (www.pelterwinery.com) established in 2005 by Tal Pelter, who holds an M.A. in Wine Science. Using only handpicked grapes and employing only family members, the Pelters offer a wide selection of red and bubbly wines.
From Ein Zivan take road #91 east and head to Kidmat Tsvi. This community is home to three families who have focused their lives and careers on producing quality wine. Assaf Kedem, an advisor to several wineries throughout Israel, makes his own wine in the heart of this peaceful village (www.assafwinery.com). Not far from there is Bazeltet HaGolan Winery (www.bazelet-hagolan.co.il), one of the first boutique wineries in Israel which produces strictly Cabernet Sauvignon, next to a natural spring. The meaning of the name is Golan Basalt Stone, and the grapes of this vineyard all grow in the magmatic soil around Kidmat Tsvi.
The last stop for the day is the Bell-Ofri Courtyard with a restaurant, gallery and winery all in a small slice of paradise. You can also visit the several living exhibitions of olive oil production and wine pressing from Talmudic times.
Next, head towards Katsrin, the capital of the Golan, to spend the night.