Carmel Wine and Culture Center
The winery was established in 1882 and it produces approximately 15 million bottles annually. Since it was the first winery established in the renewed settlement of the Land of Israel, the Carmel Wine and Culture Center opens a window to the fascinating story of the wine industry in Israel from the beginning of its existence until the present day. At the winery’s visitor center, you will be able to see the link between old and new as part of the display of the professional wine production process in Israel. The winery, which was established by Baron Edmond de Rothschild at the beginning of Rishon Lezion’s existence, expanded its activity around ten years later with the founding of the Zichron Ya’akov winery. This is currently the largest winery in Israel, producing a variety of quality wines for markets worldwide. The grapes from which the wines are produced come from vineyards in a range of growing regions around Israel from the northern Golan Heights and the Upper Galilee, down to the northern Negev. Visitors to the Carmel Wine and Culture Center encounter a professional staff of guides with extensive experience in their field. The Center offers various hospitality options to the visitors, including a tour and wine workshop which provides a historic perspective of the beginning of the settlement and the Israeli wine industry. You will enjoy looking at the production centers in a commercial winery and boutique winery, entrance to the wine cellars, watching a movie which illustrates the wine production process, and tasting quality wines in one of the winery’s VIP rooms. There is also an upgraded tour and workshop with cheese and wine and wine experiences, including a tour of the vineyards near the winery. The tours and workshops are offered to groups, in accordance with their size and preferences.
Sunday – Thursday: 9:30 – 17:00 Friday: 9:00 – 13:00 Visits by prior arrangement.
How to get there:
The winery is at 2 Derech Hayekev Street in Zichron Ya’akov. Enter Zichron Ya’akov from the northern entrance from Road 70 (Wadi Melik) and continue along Derech Hayekev Street (Road 662) up until the winery which is at the entrance to the town. Tourist information is available on the Carmelim tourism association website: www.carmelim.org.il