Food stalls, live music, art and tours: Zichron Yaakov’s wine celebration

Baron Rothschild was the one who breathed life into the Israeli wine industry, which existed as far back as the Bronze Age. Sometime in the late 80s of the 1800s, when Rothschild learned that vineyards could be planted on the soil of Israel, he worked to realize his vision – to establish wineries in Palestine that would produce fine wines. Even then he believed that the wines produced in Israel would not fall in quality from the French wines that he loved.

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In those days, his family had important wineries, which actually operate to this day. With his knowledge and money, Rothschild helped establish a winery in Zichron Yaakov and Rishon Lezion. Over the years, additional wineries were established in Zichron, and thus the nickname “Israel’s Wine Colony” stuck to it (Rishon Lezion, as you know, was crowned as the “City of Wine”). Today, Israel is blessed with wineries of various sizes, and its wine industry is thriving, but it is impossible not to fondly remember the pioneering wineries.

These days, Zichron Ya’akov is celebrating its 140th anniversary, and therefore the local council, in cooperation with the Gideonim tourism association and the Zamarin cultural association, have initiated a series of cultural and tourism events that will take place throughout the year. The first of these is a wine festival that is entirely dedicated to events surrounding the wine industry, which as mentioned is a major milestone in the history of the settlement.

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Wine Festival in Zichron Yaakov (Photo: Amir Katz)

The festival will be held on Thursday and Friday next week, September 15-16. The festival will open on Thursday evening with a celebratory wine tasting event and food stalls, artisans who will play live music on the “Wine Road” pedestrian street, wine tours will also be offered, and an art exhibition “To the Home and From It” will be presented with the participation of about 50 artisans from the colony.

The main event of the festival will take place in “Gan Tylul”, which is a lovely corner located in the heart of the settlement and will be attended by 25 Israeli wineries from all over the country, who will present their best wines. Among the wineries that will take part in it: Carmel, Tashbi, Avivim, Tabernacle, Kishor, Hamm Avni, Jezreel, Kamisa (formerly Delta), Deda, Givot, Skoriya, Gat Shomron, Avitar, Bar-Maor, Simon, Seror, Bat El and Atalit. The event itself will include unlimited wine tasting at a cost of NIS 95, which includes a gift glass of wine from Riddle.

Thursday evening 15.9, between the hours of 22:30-18:00, it is recommended to order tickets in advance.

Since then

It is impossible to talk about Zichron Yaakov without visiting its first winery. We are of course talking about Carmel Winery, which has been operating since 1882. The winery, which has undergone many incarnations over the years, offers travelers and wine lovers a fascinating tour that includes, among other things, a short film, a visit to the wine cellars, an explanation of the wine production process and the changes it has undergone over the years. At the end of the tour there will be guided wine tastings, where you can sip three types of wines in the old cellar of the winery.

The tours are by appointment, between the hours of 9:00-17:00.
For details and orders: 050-4000287 – WhatsApp only.

An equally famous local winery is Tashvi Winery. The winery’s visitor center is on the winding road that connects Binyamina and Zichron. At the center you can take part in fine wine and chocolate tastings, and go on jeep tours (by prior arrangement) and wine tastings in the vineyards located near the winery.

Tashbi Winery (Photo: Yoav Palma)Tashbi Winery (Photo: Yoav Palma)

Sunday-Thursday between the hours of 8:00-16:00, Friday between the hours of 8:00-15:00.
For details and orders: 04-6380434.

Sayori with Amir
Amir Katz is an American and a fourth generation wine and alcohol producer. The family connection to wine began with his great-grandfather, who imported alcohol to Boston back in the dry season. After the dubious law was repealed, his grandfather opened a business importing alcohol, and his sons and grandsons continued to work in the wine business. “I grew up with a glass of wine in my hand,” he says proudly. But when it was Amir’s turn to continue the family business, he decided for Zionist reasons to raise anchor and go to Israel.

In Israel he managed to combine all his loves: being a tour guide, a sommelier, a yoga teacher and a comedian. Today he combines all his talents in the business he founded MY ISRAEL WINE TOURS. During the festival, he will take out three wine tours through the alleys of the colony, each of which lasts about an hour and a half. The tours will go through the “Wine Road”, heritage sites and farmers’ yards. On the tours he will tell the story of the place through the Israeli wine culture. A kind of way to present the wine culture as a mirror for the formation of our identity as a people. “Like the wine, we are also a kind of blend”, he explains the connection between the wine and the Israeli melting pot. The tour goes through four stops, and at each stop wine tasting and fruit and cheese snacks.

On Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m., and on Friday, September 16, two tours: at 11:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. – for English speakers. ,
Price: NIS 100 per person.
For details and orders: 052-7275422.

In order not to miss the audience of families, the festival also includes activities that strengthen the younger generation. Since the organizers know that in order to capture the hearts of the little ones, they need to be challenged – there will be escape games in the open spaces during the festival. For example: the box project, where each family can play independently, includes a task game along the wine story of the picturesque colony. This is a fun and challenging game, which starts with a fascinating background story and develops slowly as you go through the different stations.

The entire route is two kilometers long, and walking it takes about an hour and a half. During it you will have to go through seven stations, and since we are talking about wine, some of the stations will also have refreshing tastings waiting for you. At the starting point of the route, you will receive a brief background on the local wine story, which will be a clue to the search journey that the participants are about to go through.

Price: NIS 80 per person (with advance registration).
For details and orders: 054-9001774.

Carmel Winery (Photo: Rachel Rahangini)Carmel Winery (Photo: Rachel Rahangini)

If you want to experience Zichron in a more active way, during the festival there will be field trips in jeeps that will go through the sea of ​​streams and springs, forests and open spaces. This will be an opportunity to leave the limits of memory and walk in the open spaces and at a spectacular vantage point.

The tours will take place on September 15 and 16, between the hours: 8:00-10:00, 10:30-12:30, 13:30-15:30, 16:00-18:00.
For details and orders: Raz – 054-8187726

To order tickets for the main event and the various tours:

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