Bar Giora to the Beit Shemesh Area
Approx 30 Km.
The area surrounding the town of Beit Shemesh is home to about 15 wineries. We recommend devoting day two and three to exploring and tasting the wine of this area.
From Bar Giora, head down road #475 which will take you down into the Ella Valley and the Judean Plains. Turn into Kibbutz Nativ Ha'Lamed He and the Ella Valley Winery (www.ellavalley.com).Archeologists have found proof that in this very location, wine was made in the times of King David. You could head to the nearby Agur Winery located in an ancient inn and then follow road #38 towards Beit Shemesh. Enter the Beit Gemal Monastery, where in addition to local honey and olive oil, you will find the Cremisan Winery(www.cremisan.org), with wine made from grapes of the Bethlehem area.
Continue towards Beit Shemesh and turn into Kibbutz Tzora. End your day by visiting one or all of the three wineries of this valley. In Kibbutz Tzora you will find the Tzora Winery (www.tzorawines.com)made from local grapes. Also in the Kibbutz you can find the Teperberg 1870 Winery (www.teperberg1870.co.il), which is one of the first wineries in the old city of Jerusalem. At the end of the road you will find the Catholic monastery of Dir Rafaht. Here, between the vineyards and olive groves, the Mony Winery sits atop a small hill overlooking the area (Tel: 029916629).
Overnight in the Tzora-Beit Shemesh area.