Sir Moses Montefiore was the first to urge the Jews in Israel to work the land and plant vines. He made tremendous contributions to Israeli agriculture. Descendents of his business partner’s family, the Rothschilds, founded Carmel Winery. Moses Montefiore was a lover of wine, and when he visited Israel, he was often presented with wine. His extended family and associates, the Rothschild family, was heavily involved in founding Israel’s wine industry.
Moses Montefiore purchased the first plot of land outside the Old City of Jerusalem in 1855. This area was later renamed Mishkenot Sha’ananim and Yemin Moshe. Montefiore did not have children and so his legal heirs became his sister and brother-in-law’s family, Joseph Sebag Montefiore. Sebag Montefiore’s great-great grandson is Adam Montefiore, who made aliya in 1989 and has worked at both Golan Heights Winery and Carmel Winery. He has also helped tell the story of Israeli wine to the global audience, earning himself the title ‘The Ambassador of Israeli Wine.’
It appears the next generation is continuing the family tradition of promoting wine in the land of Israel.
Adam Montefiore’s children, David and Rachel Montefiore, along with Arnon Geva (previously affiliated with Carmel Winery and Domaine du Castel), have begun Montefiore Winery (Kerem Montefiore).
Kerem Montefiore was founded to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, where the winery is based, by Moses Montefiore.
According to the website, the winery released its first wines in 2013 and include a red blend, white blend, Syrah, and Petite Sirah. The flagship wine, Kerem Moshe, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Syrah, as well as an olive oil will be released in the future.