Barkan Winery Ltd.
The winery has been operating under its present ownership since November 1989 and it produces approximately 10 million bottles annually. The winery has moved between several locations during its history. It was established by Shlomo Friedman in Petach Tikva at the beginning of 1899, with the goal of producing kiddush wine and brandy. The winery later moved to Kiryat Matalon, and was purchased by Tnuva in 1964. In 1988, the company began building a new winery in the Barkan industrial area in the Shomron, and two years later it was bought by Shmuel Boxer and Yair Lerner. In 1999, the winery purchased 45 dunams of land next to Kibbutz Hulda, and the new winery was built there, including production equipment, a tank farm, laboratories and a marketing and logistics center. The construction of a new visitor center has recently been completed at the site. In 2001, the company also bought the Segal Winery. In addition, the company holds a franchise for producing alcohols for Stock. The grapes for the wine production are from vineyards stretching over more than 5,000 dunams throughout Israel, including around 1,200 near the winery. The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage, Syrah, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot Noir, Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Argaman, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Riesling, Muscat and Emerald Riesling varieties. The winery’s visitor center is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the country. The visitor is provided with a multisensory experience, and the tour can be adapted to varying requirements and languages. The tour at the visitor center includes becoming familiar with the history of wine from the earth to the bottle, and wine tastings. Further options which can be arranged with advance notice, include a tour of the vineyard, a visit to nearby Mitzpe Tal, and historic tours in the area. A restaurant and wine store are also available to visitors.
Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 17:00 Friday: 09:00 – 13:00
How to get there: The winery is at Kibbutz Hulda and can be accessed via Road 1. Turn onto Road 3 at the Latrun Intersection, southwards, and continue to the junction with Road 411 and then to Kibbutz Hulda. From Road 6, turn off at the Nesharim Intersection to Road 44 east, and continue to the Nachshon Junction. Turn right here onto Road 3 and continue to Road 411, then turn right to Kibbutz Hulda. You can also reach us from the Bilu Junction via Road 40. Turn onto Road 411, passing Mazkeret Batya, and continuing to Hulda. From the Reem (Masmia) Junction, continue along Road 3 up to Tal Shahar, and turn onto Road 411 which leads to Hulda. Tourist information is available on the Yoav-Yehuda tourism association website: www.touryoav.org.il