The Team

Dr. Yair Margalit

He was a scientist, (in physical chemistry), until he quit his scientific activities and started a second phase of his life as grape grower and wine producer. He still maintains his academic links by teaching winemaking technology and wine chemistry at the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology, the ‘Technion’ in Haifa. Also, he started and managed the wine studies at Tel Hai College from 2004 - 2011.

He wrote three professional books, which are used worldwide both as textbooks in the wine industry and for academic studies of enology and winemaking.

Asaf Margalit

He began to make wine in his childhood, when he participated in his father’s home winemaking in the family backyard. He graduated from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot where he studied Food Sciences. Then he worked at Jekel Vineyards in California to gain experience in the New World wine industry. After this, he made comprehensive professional study tours at many Napa and Sonoma wineries in California. Returning home, Asaf worked at the winery and few years later he replaced his father and became the winemaker.

From 2004 to 2011, he lectured the winemaking courses in the Cellar-Master program at Tel-Hai College.

Ramie Livne

The third part of the winemaking team. He was a printer and graphics expert, who also changed his profession and turned to winemaking and wine education. Ramie was warmly adopted by Margalit Winery to assist making the wine with Asaf. Ramie also lectured the wine tasting courses in the Cellar-Master program at Tel-Hai College, and for many years he conducted wine tasting courses for the general public.

Oded Shoham

The marketing manager of the winery. He is very experienced in the wine industry and has done everything from being a grape grower to trading wines. He is responsible for marketing to restaurants and wine shops. He regularly gives tutored wine tastings for private customers, restaurateurs and wine trade professionals.

Naomi Margalit

Asaf's wife. She graduated from the Hebrew University Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot. Before joining the winery, she got experience in managing import and export in big companies. Naomi is in charge on the administrative and finance of the winery including import and export.

Debby Sion

Was a sommelier in leading restaurants in Israel, and latter managed the educational department in Golan Hights-Winery for many years.

Debby got her certificate in business administration in Herzlia interdisciplinary center, and has a certificate of wine studies from the WSET school in London.

Responsible for winery visits and private customers marketing.