History & Background

History & Background

Margalit Winery is a family owned winery founded in 1989. Originally we were situated in a small village named Kfar Bilu, near Rehovot, for two years. In 1994 the winery moved to its second home in an orchard near the city of Hadera. Lastly the winery came to rest in the village of Binyamina, not far from the Mediterranean shore, midway between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Before founding the winery we made many experiments in quality winemaking, using various varieties, and distributed the wines free, amongst friends. This was done for 6 years in our backyard with no commercial objective. The 1989 vintage was the first one we thought was good enough by our standards, before we go public.

 It was launched in 1991. The interest in the tiny winery grew slowly, probably because of two reasons. It was the first small winery in the Israeli wine industry, which was then controlled by a very few large and medium sized wineries. The second reason was because of the wine’s quality and its uniqueness.

At the beginning, we had to find the grapes under the radar, because all the vineyards were tied up by long term contracts. It took us some years to realize that unless we owned our vineyards and grew our own grapes, we would not be able to make wine as we wished.

Ten years later, when Margalit Winery became known and established, we planted our first two vineyards in the Upper Galilee and Binyanina. In 2011 we planted our third vineyard nearby in Zichron Yaakov.

The production grew gradually from 80 cases in 1989 vintage, to the current annual production of approximately 2,500 cases.  A substantial amount of the annual production, is sold at the winery in three consecutive weekends during March/April each year, directly to private customers. Wine lovers, connoisseurs and loyal customers are invited to taste and buy the new releases. The rest of the wine is distributed to fine restaurants and quality wine shops in Israel and abroad.