Exploring the ancient wine press at Tzuba Winery
Once a month My Israel Wine Tours andTelAlivit coordinate a wine event for young adults in the Tel Aviv area. This month My Israel Wine Tours coordinated a kosher Jerusalem Hills wine tour.
On Friday, October 22nd, 18 young adults from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem enjoyed a day wine tour in the Jerusalem Hills. We visited two wineries, Tzuba Winery and Agur Winery. From the picture, you can see we visited an ancient wine press that dates back to the second temple. Israel has always been a land that produced wine and in the time of the temples Israel was a center for wine production and sales.
Steven explaing Tzuba Vineyards
We went into the vineyards and the guide explained the growing process as well as how kosher wine starts from when the vine is planted. We then enjoyed a private tasting with cheese, veggies and crackers. We tasted the Chardonnay 2009, Shiraz 2008, Merlot 2008, the Metzuda blend 2006 and the dessert wine which is a late harvest Chardonnay.
Tasting at Tzuba Winery
Tasting at Agur Winery with Shuki
We then traveled to Agur Winery where we sat outside on comfy chairs and heard from Shuki, the winemaker, on how winemaking is a way of life and a form of art. We tasted his Blanco which is a blend of Johannesburg Riesling and Viognier; the Rose which is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon; next was the Kessem blend which is a Bordeaux style blend; and lastly the Kessem Reserve which was a bold wine!
Aviva and Scott enjoying Agur Wine!
Everyone enjoyed themselves and now they know a little bit more about the history of Israeli wine as well as some new delightful wines.
Look for our next event in November!
Yesterday, Wednesday, October 6, I traveled to Pardes Hana and visited Agmon Winery. Agmon Winery was founded in 2006 by Adi Mizrahi and his wife. Adi grew up in Zichron Yaakov and is 4th generation from the first aliyah. His family is of Yemen decendancy.
After the army, Adi decided to learn Computer Science and after working years in computer science, he decided to follow his passion of cooking. He went to culinary school and was a top chef in Tel Aviv.
While Adi was learning about cooking, he was also learning about wine! He grew up around farmers and decided in 2006 that he also wanted to work the land and become a winemaker.
Agmon Winery is a quaint and beautiful establishment with an outside lounging area, inside bar, and restaurant. Adi cooks tappas to pair with his wine and has a variety of cheeses to enjoy while tasting his Cabernet Sauvignon 2007. Adi currently makes 3,500 bottles of wine, but his goal is to reach 25,000 bottles one day. For the 2010 harvest, he has Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
I always know when I love a wine because I want to smell it and wish it was a candle that will burn for a long time in my home. I felt that with Adi's wine. I just wanted to smell its fruity aromas and big body. The 2007 CS is oaked for 18 months in French barrels.
A few times a month, Adi opens up his winery to the public for a jazz, wine and tappas evening! Join us in November when we set up a night to visit Agmon Winery!
During Sukkot, I received a call from Adena Mark of Adena Mark Israel Concierge Services to set up a tour for Noam and his crew of 4 people to Carmel Region and Galilee Region.
I coordinated their kosher wine tour to Tishbi Estate Winery
and Carmel Winery in the Zichron Yaakov area. I created the itinerary for them and called the wineries to set up their tours. It was a very busy time for the wineries since it was a major holiday in Israel and the wineries were packed! They had a great time touring Tishbi Winery and sitting under the natural sukkah.
At Carmel Winery
Valerie gave them a tasting in the visitors center and they got a self-guided tour of the old barrel room which now houses barrels of brandy.
The next day they traveled from Haifa to Dalton Winery where they got a private tour by the winemaker and they got to meet the CEO of Dalton winery
. They had a blast at Dalton Winery and it was by far their favorite winery of the experience.
Their last wine experience was across the parking lot to Adir Winery
where they received a tasting from Tzvi.
As Noam commented to me via email "Overall trip was amazing, well worth the price, and considering we booked last minute, very much appreciated."
Contact Adena Marks at Adena Mark Israel Concierge Services at firstname.lastname@example.org