Domaine du Castel – a Cinderella story

25th October, 2016 by db_staff

Tel Aviv-based wine writer Chaim Helfgott charts the rise of Israel’s Domaine du Castel – a much-celebrated winery that began as a hobby.

Castel’s first grapes planted on the Judean Hills, which has become one of the prime terroirs in Israel. Photo credit: Elad Barmi

Eli Ben Zaken was driving down the streets of Jerusalem in August 1995 when his wife called to let him know he had received a correspondence from Dalia Penn Lerner, the famous Israeli actress from the BBC television series “Forsyte Saga” turned food and wine critic. Eli stopped the car while his wife read him a fax that Serena Sutcliffe MW had sent to Dalia, as follows:

Dear Dalia, Thank you so much for bringing over that fantastic 1992 Castel….

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