Rehovot, Hulda, Gedera and Gan Yavne
Approx 45 Km.
Take road #412 south through the town of Nes Ziona to Rehovot, home to some of the largest research centers in the country. Pass the town and follow road #40 to Gani Yohanan, the home of Ra’anan Margaliot (Tel:+972-8-8660539). Here in his back yard Ra’anan has converted a few old sheds into a boutique winery. Head back to road #40 and turn south, and then east on road # 411 to Kibbutz Hulda. In this collective community you will find two of Israel’s best known wineries. Barkan Winery(www.barkan-winery.com), bringing grapes from about forty different vineyards, has a visitors center demonstrating the process. On the same property, yet independent, is the Segal Winery (www.segalwines.co.il - Hebrew), founded by the Segal family in Russia in 1787, and reestablished in Israel in 1957.
Follow #411 to road #3 and head southwest. Turn right into Hafetz Haim and follow the road to Gedera. Here, where pioneers of BILU founded a Jewish colony in the turn of the last century, you will find the Winery of Itzik Zauberman (www.zaubermanwines.com). Itzik, who has retired from the world of business, devotes his time to making high quality wine in his home.
Cross the main road of Gedera (road #40) and head into the Gderot area. The road will take you to Meisher, and the Meisher Winery(www.meishar.co.il). This family-run winery and vineyard was one of the first boutique wineries that started the wine boom in the 1990’s.
To end the day, head to Gan Yavne; south on road #40 to the Gedera junction, then west following the signs to Gan Yavne. Here the Kfir family turned a hobby into a family activity. Kfir Wines (www.kfir-winery.co.il ) produce different types of wine every year, depending on the years harvest.
Lodging is available in the port town of Ashdod, in Gedera and in several of the communities in between.