Wines on the edge of Tel Aviv
Approx 30 Km.
Follow road #443 west to Moshav Ginaton. Stop into the Ginaton Winery, (Tel: +972-8-9254841), and then head north on road #46 towards Kfar Truman and the Natuf Winery, producing wine from grapes grown nearby. Keep north on #46 to Tirat Yehuda. In the Moshav you will find “Sod Ha Yain” (The secret of wine, www.wine4u.co.il (Hebrew), a winery and education center on wine. Not far from there in Moshav Bnei Atarot, an old Templar colony, Villa Wilhelma ( www.villawilhelma.co.il ) produces wine from grapes of the Galilee. They are located in a villa built in the 19th century, where they hold tastings and seminars. Continue west towards the town of Yahud, where between the houses of this suburb of Tel Aviv, Chillag Winery presses Galilean grapes into fine wine ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Also nearby, in the village ofKfar Azar is the Ben Haim Winery (www.benhaim.co.il), a family trade started in Romania in the 1880’s.
From there, take road #412 southbound towards Rishon Le-Zion. Edmond Rothschild founded the Carmel Winery here in 1882(www.carmelwines.co.il). Here, where three different Israeli Prime Ministers were employed (Ben Gurion, Eshkol and Olmert), you will find the largest kosher wine producer in the world, and a cornerstone of Israeli wine. The winery has a visitors center and museum telling the story of the Jewish people in Israel, through the story of its wine.
Overnight in the Rishon Le-Zion area.