From the very first days of their existence, Barkan Winery has concentrated their attention on one thing only: grapes’ quality. The top-grade breeds were brought from all over the world and put in Barkan vineyards in Israel. Nowadays, there are dozens of breeds occupying a grand total of over 10 square kilometers of vineyards in winery’s possession, while every breed is grown in an area suitable for it.
In 2000, a new sophisticated winery was established at Hulda kibbutz located in the Judean plain. The winery was designed with 21st century in mind. It boasts the most advanced production technologies in the world. The winery includes laboratories, farms, the packaging center, and the marketing & logistics center. Thanks to the enormous assortment of wine breeds and growth areas, the advanced fermentation methods, as well as over 5,000 natural oak barrels, Barkan winery is a real wine paradise.
Barkan winemakers have gained world-wide renown and won prestigious awards due to the exceptional wine quality and the brave grape breed combinations.
Galil Mountain Winery's five well-kept vineyards are located in the Upper Galilee, near the Winery's facilities. Situated in elevated regions at altitudes ranging from 420 to 800 meters above sea level, each vineyard exhibits a set of distinctive characteristics. This diverse array of cultivated areas means that each harvest features a mix of grapes that uniquely contributes to Galil Mountain's offering. Such diversity, combined with the Winery's cutting- edge production facilities and highly professional staff, enables Galil Mountain to bring out the best in its grapes, and produce complex wines that are rich in flavor and aroma.
Overseeing the entire winemaking process, Galil Mountain's skilled and seasoned winemakers make perfect use of these assets to create a line of wines that reflects the Winery's unique nature.
Chief Winemaker, born in the United States, acquired his education and secrets of the trade at the University of California, Davis. When he was still a child, his father bought a plot of land to build their home. Near the house he also acquired 60 acres of vineyard plot. Even though, his father never managed to produce quality wine, it is there that Ed got his passion for winemaking. In 1980, he immigrated to Israel, worked in Carmel Winery, Binyamina, and in 1996 he started at Barkan.
Idit is a sixth generation from a family of farmers and vintners. From an early age she was exposed to growing vineyards and the wine industry, fell in love and decided to learn it professionally. After completing her studies at the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot Agronomy with specialization in biotechnology, genetics and breeding, she decided to specialize in the new wine and finished with a Master degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia.