Shilo Winery Tour

June 20th 2014

Past meets future at the Shiloh Winery, a modern winery that flourishes from its ancient, Biblical roots. Biblical traditionalists believe that the area upon which the Shiloh Winery plants and harvests its grapes was bestowed by the patriarch Jacob as an inheritance to his beloved son Joseph, and the sages teach that Shiloh is worthy of this special status because the fruits that grow here are sweeter than anywhere else in Israel.

You’ll be charmed by the artistic labels Shiloh Winery uses for each of its wines. Their logo is a bull, a symbol associated with the Biblical Joseph. Bottles range from a classic dry red that is a stable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Barbera grapes to the Mosaic blend, which is the winery’s flagship wine, made according to the winemakers’ professional instincts.

Shiloh Winery wines are sold in wine shops throughout Israel, but for a tasting and to learn more about their special approach to winemaking, you’ll want to visit the winery yourself. While you’re there, take time to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you look out over the Shiloh River and the hills of Judea that surround the winery.

The geography, geology and climate of Shiloh are ideally suited for growing grapes for wine. Inspired by these conditions and the area’s special blessed status, the Shiloh Winery was founded in 2005. The cool evenings and warm days, half a mile above sea level, combine to make the region ideal for growing wine grapes. Combining uncompromising standards and state-of-the-art winemaking technologies, master winemaker Amichai Luria coaxes award winning wines from the grapes grown here.

One of the distinguishing features of the Shiloh Winery is its unrivaled seriousness regarding keeping all the laws of kosher winemaking. Their wines are certified kosher by three separate organizations, including the New York-based OK Kosher. In addition, the Shiloh Winery sets aside a portion of their products for a family with a genealogical link to the Biblical priests.