Visit ‘Wine Valley’ get the Jezreel Valley experience

For years, Israelis have loved traveling abroad to Italy and other countries known for producing the best quality wine, both on organized group tours and on a romantic getaway for two. Who doesn’t love holidays and hiking in the mountainous areas near the wineries? So you’ll be happy to know that there are many Israeli wineries and tourist attractions open to the public right here in our own backyard.

Boutique wineries have been popping up like mushrooms across Israel for the past two decades offering a plethora of quality wines made from various grape varieties. So many that you can now visit regions of Israel known casually as Israel’s Wine Country or Israel’s Tuscany. Recently, the Jezreel Valley Regional Council created Israel’s own “Valley of Wine – the Jezreel Experience”, comprising 12 wineries in the region. In short, you no longer need to travel to Niederösterreich in Austria, Napa Valley in California or Alsace in France to enjoy an exciting wine tasting vacation.

Also, who wouldn’t be happy not to have to deal with flights, endless security checks, and other bureaucratic headaches when instead they could just jump in their car and drive to the Jezreel Valley where you’ll find plenty of touristy and beautiful activities. surroundings? The Wine Valley – The Jezreel Experience offers a host of interesting guided winery tours.

ZIPPORI winery (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

1.ZIPPORI

Located in the Lower Galilee, not far from Nazareth, Moshav Zippori is a popular tourist spot, especially since there are a plethora of activities available nearby. In fact, there are even several boutique wineries within the moshav. For example, Ofra and Amos Goyertzman, who live on a large plot with a breathtaking view of their vineyard, love to invite guests to their picturesque cellar to sample their wines and savor some delicacies.

Location: Zippori Winery, Moshav Zippori

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays

Details: 053-962-2455

2. WINERY HAMETZUDA ZIPPORI AND WINERY YONAH

Other wineries in Moshav Zippori include Hametzuda Zippori Winery and Yonah Winery, both of which are new boutique wineries that are just getting started. Although they are not yet producing their own wines, they organize wine and cheese tastings of local products and the people who run them turn out to be great conversationalists. If you are interested in learning about sustainability efforts in the Galilee and supporting local Zionist businesses, I really recommend visiting these two wineries.

3. RANCHO MENIS HORSE FARM

And if you are already in Moshav Zippori, you should definitely not miss a visit to Rancho Menis Horse Farm. Visitors can join guided horseback excursions that take you through the beautiful surroundings. The horses at Rancho Menis can graze anywhere within the 160-acre estate, which means they are calmer and better suited for horseback riding and therapeutic riding. In addition to offering therapeutic horse riding, the estate also provides training for expert horsemen.

Dates: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. M. A 7 p. M., Friday from 9 a.m. M. At 2 p. M., Saturdays from 10 a.m. M. At 5 p. M.

Details: 054-469-4051, (04) 655-6550

ACHUZAT ZIPPORI (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)ACHUZAT ZIPPORI (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

4. ACHUZAT ZIPPORI

If horseback riding is not your thing, you may be interested in hiring rangers at Achuzat Zippori and enjoying a thrilling 90-minute ride through the forest area surrounding Moshav Zippori. On the journey, you will pass the purification ponds and the Kibbutz Solelim nature reserve and enjoy breathtaking views. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

Tours available seven days a week.

Details: 050-808-9244

RANCHO MENIS HORSE FARM (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)RANCHO MENIS HORSE FARM (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

5. NOAM HAGVINOT

After participating in all of these activities, I’m sure your stomach will be growling by now and you’re ready to sit back and enjoy a good meal. One option is to order a takeout lunch basket from Noam Hagvinot, which includes a variety of freshly baked sourdough breads, pastries, and of course cheeses. The cheese selection includes camembert with truffles, Circassian cheese with zaatar, tsfat cheese with chives, as well as jams and olives.

Noam Hagvinot is run by a couple who recently moved to the region with their children from Tel Aviv. They started inviting their friends to try their concoctions when the COVID-19 epidemic struck, and after overwhelmingly positive reactions from their friends, they decided to take their new hobby up a notch and turn it into a small business.

Details: 052-617-7455

    NOAM HAGVINOT (credit: MEITAL SHARABI) NOAM HAGVINOT (credit: MEITAL SHARABI)

6. CELLAR OF TULIPAN

Another winery in the region is Tulip Winery, which is located on Kfar Tikva in Kiryat Tivon. This boutique winery, run by the Itzhaki family, employs residents with special needs and is a beautiful model for helping these community members integrate into the job market. Visitors can sample Tulip Winery’s quality wines at its visitor center, order picnic baskets, attend conferences, enjoy gourmet meals, and purchase artwork created by Village of Hope residents.

Dates: Sunday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 4 pm Conferences and meals must be reserved in advance.

Details: (04) 983-0573

7. WINERY SIMON

Another winery in Kiryat Tivon is Simon Winery, a small boutique winery in which the grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is aged in oak barrels imported from France. Simon Winery also offers gourmet meals and will launch its new 2017 Indigo wine line on November 13.

Dates: Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Details: 050-456-7847, 054-456-7847

8. WINERY SADOT

Another winery that has joined forces with “Wine Valley – the Jezreel experience” is Sadot Winery in Moshav Sdeh Ya’akov. Sadot welcomes the public to wine tastings at its visitor center and to enjoy a delicious meal at its quaint dairy restaurant. There are also wineries in Moshav Alon Hagalil; the Jezreel Valley Winery on Kibbutz Hanaton; Touch by Fusion in Timrat; Kitron Winery in Hoshaya; Sarig Winery in Moshav Merhavia; and the Hayogev winery in Moshav Hayogev.

Although no date has yet been set for a special festival celebrating the merger of all these wineries, several of these wineries offer special activities that warrant a visit to the area, so it is best to check the winery’s websites before embark on your journey. Personally, I think “Wine Valley – The Jezreel Experience” is a fantastic program and a great way to get acquainted with the new boutique wineries in Israel. Now that companies are beginning to recover after the setbacks caused by the pandemic, this joining of forces between many wineries in the region is a welcome and welcome achievement that can help young companies get off the ground.

We are lucky to live in a country with such a beautiful natural environment and landscape, with so many options to taste and buy fine wines. It’s time to get out there and show our patriotism and Zionist zeal by sponsoring our local wineries.

Translated by Hannah Hochner.



Reference-www.jpost.com

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