Wine Talk: A blend of wine, Judaism and Zionism

Miodownik combined his winemaking skills with his Zionism and religion by founding a winery in Israel.

July 21, 2016 12:04
4 minute read.
Kosher wine

Pierre Miodownik is credited with creating the first quality kosher wine in France in 1986. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Netofa Winery beats the drum for wines of the Old World. The name of one of its labels, Domaine Netofa and the growing region written on the label, Basse Galilee, give a clue. There is a French connection here somewhere.

Of course when you meet the winemaker, Pierre Miodownik, all becomes clearer. He was born to parents of Polish origin. That explains the name. They came from Lublin and settled in France way before the Holocaust. They lived in the Languedoc in a place called Beziers. Now this is a big wine producing area that produces more wine than the whole of Australia together.


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