Nachshon Winery was founded by vintner Aryeh Padawer, and Orly, his wife
and business manager. Both Aryeh and Orly are members of Kibbutz Nachshon.
Prior to becoming a vintner, Aryeh worked in the kibbutz fruit orchards.
In 1996 he planted the first vineyard. Today, one-tenth of the grapes grown
in the vineyards are used to make Nachshon wines and the rest of the yield
from the 55 acres are sold as grapes. The winery produces 10,000 bottles annually.
The varieties include Merlot, Argaman, Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Most of the wines produced at the
winery today are reds but there are some white Chardonnay as well. “In the
future, I hope to mix grapes and create new wines,” says Aryeh. The Ayalon
red, a full-bodied wine is a good example of a blend using merlot and cabernet
A cottage industry, the Padawer’s
three children also take an interest in winemaking. Ella, the youngest, enjoys
guiding pre-schoolers and giving taste tests with grape juice.
For guests older than Ella’s catchment
group, the workshops listed below are a great way to learn about the area
and the wine. “Interestingly, men are the main consumers while women shy
away from tasting and selecting wines,” says Orly.
Note: Wines of the Nachshon Winery
do not carry a Certificate of Kashrut.