In 1988, almost by chance, Eli Ben Zaken planted the first modern-day vineyard to be found in the Judean Hills, in the backyard of his home in Ramat Raziel. Within four years’ time, family and close friends came together to harvest the grapes that would become the winery’s very first wine – Castel Grand Vin 1992.
Though he was a novice pioneer, Eli was a “very serious amateur” from this first harvest – he aimed for the highest, most meticulous standards, as accustomed in the finest wine regions. He envisioned a thriving family winery that would offer future generations the chance to take part in a shared creation, for generations to come.
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We welcome you to visit our winery for a guided tour & tasting.
Hear our story, visit the wine cellar, and taste our wines accompanied by cheese and bread.
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With the harvest of 2015, the winery in Yad HaShmona was officially opened, after a 23-year run in Ramat Raziel.
Castel’s philosophy and winemaking values are an inseparable part of the winery’s new home – harmony, esthetics, refinement, patience, elegance and precision; all these guide us when creating the wines we love to drink. Wines with a strong presence and stamina, but with a hint of “down to earth” modesty.