Swirl, Smell, Sip and Repeat

Swirl, smell, sip and repeat.  Any wine connoisseur knows this well, but for those of you first-timers, these are the proper steps to a wonderful wine tasting. Ever since biblical times, wine has been produced in the land of Israel. Today there are hundreds of wineries throughout the country, but only a select few live up to IsraelExperts' standards for our Taglit-Birthright Israel groups.

    After several years in the making, the Barkan Winery's state-of-the-art facility will officially open its doors to the public in May. This winery produces 10 million bottles of wine per year, making it the biggest winery in Israel. Barkan owns over 2,000 acres of vineyards from the Golan Heights to Mitzpe Ramon. The new facility is equipped with 5,000 French and American oak barrels that age wine for 12 to 24 months, as well as its own brandy distillery. 

    Visitors can tour the modern facility, walk through the vineyards, and taste-test three wines to get the full experience.  Those outside Israel can also enjoy their wine, as they export products all over the world.  For more information contact manager Kobi Sade via emai: kobi@barkan-winery.co.il