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Vineyards and Wineries in the Golan and Galilee

Vinery

High altitude and rich soil turn the northern part of Israel into an excellent setting for grape vines. The cycling is challenging, yet the small back roads through the numerous vineyards and remote wineries are a huge payback for the effort.

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Jezreel Valley
The Lower Galilee and the Carmel

 

Head back to Mount Tabor and the village of Daburia. Take the dirt track towards the village of Icsal, bellow Nazareth. From Icsal, head to road #60, and take it south to road #73 uphill to Migdal HaEmeq. This small town, overlooking the Jezreel Valley, is home to the Keshet Winery (davidbarilan@gmail.com). The owners and employees of this small winery are all great enthusiasts of the trade and are focused on producing small amounts of high quality wine. 
From there, go back to road #73 which will lead you to road #75. Beware of traffic on this 4 kilometer section going west and turn south to Ramat Ishai. A few minutes south of Ramat Ishai you will reach Kfar Yehoshua, home to the Lilach family and their winery (nirlil@zahav.net.il). Nir Lilach has taught himself to make wine, and if you’re lucky you will get a chance to taste his wine all made from organic vines that he grows himself. 
From Kfar Yehosua, take the back road leading parallel to road  #70 towards Kiryat Tivon. Just below Tivon, you will reach Kfar Tikva. This community was built as a place to provide integrated living for people with or without, different disabilities. The Tulip Winery (www.tulip-winery.co.il) aims to be the largest wine-culture center in the north, working with the unique way of living in Kfar Tikva, (meaning Village of Hope). 
Overnight in the Kiryat Tivon area.

If you still have time and energy, climb up to Kiryat Tivon, and head downhill to the two wineries north of there. The Alon Winery is set in an 150 year old stone building in Aloni Aba (alonwinery@walla.co.il) and north of there in Aloni HaGalil, the Yftachel Winery (habikta2@bezeqint.net), set in a wood house, offers red wine and homemade honey.

Vineyards and wineries in the Golan and Galilee