Modern wine-making in an ancient region

When winemaker Hillel Manne moved to Beit El in 1996 he asked about agricultural land. He was told that the shallow Terra Rosa soil on limestone, coupled with harsh winters, made agriculture here unlikely. That was when he got excited. 

With his experience managing the vineyard at Israel’s Kibbutz Shaalavim and studying agriculture at the University of California, he had a gut feeling that he was onto some excellent wine territory. He was right. Israel’s warm climate ensures the right sugar level, and the cool evenings of Beit El (altitude: 2,854 feet) produce excellent acid retention. The result is grapes maturing with the perfect balance between sugar and acid, a balance that preserves the wine naturally for years. 

Winemaking is hardly new here though. Ancient winemakers poured their fermenting grape juice into clay jugs and stored them in the many caves around Beit El. As Hillel tells his guests, “We have an unsurpassed tradition to live up to.”

Beit El Revelation.jpg

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Revelation Cabernet (formerly Majestique) grew on a canyon hillside on terra rosa soil 850 meters above sea level. MORE >

Revelation blend 17.png

56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 7% Petite Verdot Expressive, powerful aromas and flavors, along with a bold structure and density. MORE>

Beit El Marselan.jpg

100% Marselan. The wine has dark cherry fruit and classic notes of creme brulee, butterscotch, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The aromatics are accented by a soft and creamy mouthfeel. MORE >

Amona Cab 17.png

100% Cabernet. The Amona vineyards are 900m above sea level. The wine is deep purple-black; it offers tastes of plums and warm blackberries, pleasant tannins and a long finish. MORE >

Cab 3 vin.png

100% Cabernet This Cabernet shows classic black currant, black cherry and plum flavors with notes of black pepper, licorice and chocolate. MORE >

Beit El Carignan 2014 bottle.png

100% Carignan. Opulent with flavors of blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, white pepper and nutmeg. The dark fruit flavors linger through the long graceful finish. MORE >

© 2019 The River Wine