The Benjamin region
The winery was established in 2003 and it produces approximately 100,000 bottles annually. The grapes from which the wine is made come from the vineyards planted on terraces on the high peaks of the Benjamin region, 900 meters above sea level. The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Chardonnay varieties. The wine is aged in an ancient cave from Second Temple times, which was discovered in the heart of the vineyards. The wine bears the kosher supervision of Rabbi Yechiel Babad, New York, and Rabbanut kosher lemehadrin. The Nachalat Binyamin visitor center is here, shared by both the winery and the Binyamin Regional Council. This is a stone structure, situated on the highway between Jerusalem and Shilo, looking out over the breathtaking views of Jerusalem, Nahal Prat (Wadi Qelt) and the Edom Mountains. The Nachalat Binyamin visitor center is suitable for visits by both groups and individuals, and various events are held there. A visit to the site includes a tour of the wine production, wine tastings, watching a sound and light presentation in the winery’s barrel room, the option to participate in an interactive trivia game and watching the movie, Harvest Time, which is screened in the small cinema room, and provides explanations about working the land in Hevel Binyamin, in light of historical events. There is a coffee shop here for visitors, and meals can be ordered for groups.
Sunday – Thursday: 9:00 – 17:00 Friday: 10:00 – 14:00
How to get there:
The winery is situated alongside the Ma’avar Machmesh gas station on Road 60. It can be accessed from the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood in Jerusalem, via Road 437 going north, and connecting with Road 60 at the junction close to Geva Binyamin. Tourist information is available on the Binyamin tourism website: www.binyamin.org.il/?CategoryID=704
The information provided is the responsibility of the winery, and correct for the day it is published. We recommend contacting the winery for updated details of opening hours, kosher supervision, and other services. Please immediately inform the Israel Grape and Wine Council of any change in the information and winery details.