MONTEFIORE WINDMILL TASTING ROOM
The Jerusalem Vineyard Winery has its tasting room in one of the most important sites in the center of Jerusalem. It is situated at the Montefiore Windmill in Mishkenot Sha’ananim – Yemin Moshe region of Jerusalem, overlooking the Old City Walls.
The tasting room is an original, exciting and historical venue. Its notable location in the center of Jerusalem portrays the story of the windmill and the winery and connects it to the present. The Windmill Tasting Room offers a unique visitors experience; a profound historical encounter of Jerusalem combined with some quality Jerusalem wines. There will also be wine workshops, wine tastings, and a variety of unique wine events, providing an opportunity to taste and purchase the rare Montefiore Windmill wines and the other fine wines of the Jerusalem Vineyard Winery.
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 – 19:00
Friday: 10:00 – 14:00
The tasting room is closed on Shabbat and holidays.
For further details and to book an event, please call: +972 2 583 6875.
The Windmill wines are the boutique wines of Jerusalem Vineyard Winery, made in tiny quantities. This is a rare, limited edition range of handcrafted wines made by isolating and separating fruit from the best individual plots in the finest vineyards. The wines are hand made by winemaker Sam Soroka, from the vineyard to the bottle and such is his identification with the wines, that he signs the front label to illustrate they represent a personal expression. There is a Chardonnay, a varietal Shiraz, Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon and the prestige Yemin Moshe, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Petit Verdot. The reds are aged for 16 months in small French oak barrels, and the Chardonnay was part barrel fermented. These wines are primarily for collectors, connoisseurs and wine lovers.
The wines come from high elevation vineyards in the Biblical Shilo, which is part of the Central Mountains, under the Judean Hills appellation.
Shiraz – Merlot – Cabernet Sauvignon – Yemin Moshe – Chardonnay
The Montefiore Windmill is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the Jerusalem skyline. It was built by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1857 to provide a livelihood for the poor.
In 2012 the windmill was renovated by Dutch experts so that it would again grind flour. It was officially reopened by the Prime Minister of Israel in August 2012, with members of the Montefiore family in attendance.
Sir Moses Montefiore was a passionate and practical Zionist. He was born in Livorno, Tuscany and resided in England. He was known as the world’s unofficial ambassador for the Jewish people and became the most famous Jew of the 19th century.
Moses Montefiore visited Israel seven times. In 1839 he was the first to advocate a return to agriculture and the planting of the vineyards. Montefiore purchased the first piece of Jewish land outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1855, known as the Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe neighborhoods. This became the cornerstone of modern Jerusalem.
He was a wine connoisseur, who wrote about Judean Hills vineyards in his diaries. He drank a bottle of wine every day and lived to be nearly 101 years old.