Psagot Winery’s 2020 vintage begins at the winery’s new location with an expected production in excess of 600,000 bottles and marks its 17th year of wine production in the Binyamin region just north of Jerusalem.
The story of the winery combines historical connection, fine quality, and modern progress. That is expressed in the new architectural structure, carefully planned and designed by Naama Berg.
The winery is built in the shape of an ancient inn overlooking Wadi Kelt and the Edom mountains. On one side is the impressive wine production plant and on the other side, above the barrel cellar where more than 1,000 barrels are aged each year, is the visiting center and event hall. In the center is a magical garden overlooking the primeval landscape.
The new Psagot Winery complex includes a mini wine museum. Tours are available for groups and individuals, events, conferences, and seminars. The beautifully designed hall was created to provide special family occasions that include bar/bat mitzvahs, parties, and elegant weddings for up to 600 people in the summer in a special atmosphere with great wine and spectacular views only a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem.
Concurrent with its move to its new location, the winery recruited Sam Soroka to the position of chief winemaker at the winery.
Soroka, a native of Montreal, studied oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia and received his bachelor of science degree in food sciences from McGill University in Quebec.
He is an expert in wine production. Soroka lives and breathes the secrets of wine and is considered one of the important players in upgrading standards and wine qualities. His 20-year experience includes many awards.
“It is a great privilege and honor for me to be the chief winemaker of Psagot Winery and to be a partner in the winery’s vision for making quality wines in the Land of Israel,” Soroka said.
Yaakov Berg, CEO and founder of Psagot Winery quoted the prophet Amos from 2,500 years ago: “I will return the captivity of My people Israel, and they will rebuild desolate cities and settle them; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will cultivate gardens and eat their fruits. I will plant them upon their land and they will never again be uprooted from their land that I have given them, said Hashem, your God.”
Berg continued: “We thank the Creator of the world for the privilege of fulfilling this prophesy 2,500 years later. Living in the land of Israel, planting vineyards and producing fine wine and winning awards that are recognized throughout the world.”