This was a fun-filled educational day with a treat for the palate. This was my first wine tour, also I am no wine connoisseur so didn’t know what to expect. Still, I was confident of these guys, from what I had read on Trip Advisor (TA) Brarak & Alon, both had been into wines since kids and are qualified wine tasters themselves. They had many great reviews on TA and there prompt and detailed replays both on emails and WhatsApp only assured me. I had mailed them saying I enjoyed sweet wines and they tailor-made an itinerary featuring three wine yards who had them in their collection. Best part they were each very different from each other in size, making and tasting. Alon was right on time to pick us up, we had combined our Judean hills tour along with relocation from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv making it more economical. He started with a history of wines in Israel, the cultural significance of it and how the wine industry blossomed in the country over time. He gave us the introduction to wines before we stepped into our first tasting. All the hosts were welcoming, we got to meet the winemaker Paul Dubb, on our first stop, Tzuba Winery. He took out time for us even though he had an event coming up in the next hour. Next, we visited Tzora Vineyards, there winemaker Eran Pickis the only Master of Wine from Isreal. Although we didn’t get to meet him, we were graciously hosted and had a taste of Ice wine made in Israel. Last we visited Ella Valley vineyards, they were about to host there annual launch of the new collection. The only reason they hosted us one day before pre-launch was so they could get Alon’s opinion on their new collection, we, in turn, got to have wine from a pre-collection launch as well as the best they had of their stocked collection. Throughout the day, we tasted close to 15 wines along with cheese and snacks. We got to learn the process of winemaking, correct way to drink it and many other interesting facts which goes into wine making, especially a Kosher wine. Alon was great, besides wines, he gave us an inner look what’s happening in Israel, an outlook on the culture and working of the region, on how they overcome challenges and the new ones they are facing. I learned about Israeli model of a collective community called Kibbutz, the local terraforming/plantation efforts which converted the local desert/marshland to an agricultural land. He also took us for lunch to the best falafel we had during our 12 days trip. Later he shared best spots in our next city for dining and drinking. We had a great relaxing day, seeing beautiful sites, having interesting talks and giving ourselves a treat, an experience I would want to repeat.
Barak from Israel Wine Tour, took our company for a wonderful wine tasting tour around Binyamina / Zichron Ya'akov area (about 30 minutes drive from tel aviv). Barak was great. What a mensch. Perfect english, perfect guide. He picked us up, and on the way, went over the stories and history of wine making in Zichron. The scenery was beautiful! We visited Somek (fantastic people, lovely wine), continued to a special beer brewery, called Pavo, where we were sat in a nice wooden porch overlooking the beautiful scenery). Somewhat lightheaded, we took lunch in the old part of Zichron, rested, and then went to the amazing Amphora, with their pretty gardens and great wines! Overall it was a truly wonderful day. I highly recommend it to anyone, tourist or local. After getting a taste of the Zichron Yaakov tour, I plan on experiencing the Judean hills wine tour soon.
We hired IWT on a short notice and the delivered!! We visited 3 wineries on our day.Chatuaue Golan is on the Southern side of the Golan Heights , followed by Pelter and Assaf. All three had great wines. At Pelter we tasted 8-9 different wines and their whites were excellent. Alon took us to some incredible views of Syria, Lebanon and an inactive volcano on our day. We even caught some recently discovered ancient press on the way. The entire day was great value and would certainly hire these guys again. Thanks!!
Огромная больница , много русскоязычного персонала.