Binyamina Winery was founded in 1952 by Joseph Zeltzer, who immigrated to Israel from Hungary, infused with a passion to continue his winemaking that he learned in Hungar. Zeltzer originally named the winery Eliaz, after his son who fell in battle during Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. He soon began making wine in the center of what was then considered Israel’s official wine region, Binyamina.
Binyamina Winery has come a long way since the days when Zeltzer sourced his grapes solely from local vineyards. Today, over 60 years later, Binyamina receives superb grapes from vineyards across Israel, from the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee (including Kerem Ben Zimra, Alma and Kadesh Valley), to the Lower Galilee (in the Mt. Tabor region, the Judean Hills and Karmei Yoseph) as well as from the south of Israel.
Binyamina’s team, led by chief winemaker Yonatan Shotts, understands that good wine begins in the vineyard. Valuable resources are invested equally in locating the finest plots a region has to offer and identifying and harnessing the country’s most professional vintners and farmers to grow and develop the fruit of the vine.