Vitkin's mission is to produce wine from grape varieties that are not commonly used in Israel… It is safe to say that when buying one of Vitkin's wines you will get your money's worth.
In The Kfar Vitkin moshav, situated on the central coastal plain you will find the Vitkin winery. This boutique winery was founded by a lovely couple, Doron and Sharona Belogolovsky. The first wine released by this winery was from the 2002 Vintage. Vitkin's mission is to produce wine from grape varieties that are not commonly used in Israel. To that end, on their shelves you will not find commonplace wines such as the Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot. On the other hand, Vitkin offers several interesting varietal red wines such as Cabernet Frank, Pinot-Noir, Carignan and a Pettit Sirah. As to varietal white wines they offer a Johannisberg Riesling.
The winery also offers two interesting blended wines "Masa Israeli Red' and "Masa Israeli white". Vitkin produces around 30,000 bottles annually. The prices for these wines range between 60-100 NIS. It is safe to say that when buying one of Vitkin's wines you will get your money's worth. All around, I can recommend all of the Vitkin wines except for the Pinot-Noir (and this is only because I haven’t tasted it yet). An exceptionally good wine is the "Masa Israeli white"; this enjoyable light white wine is a perfect complement to any summery picnic meal.
Vitkin, Cabernet Frank, 2004This medium to full bodied wine is a blend of 90% Cabernet Frank from the Upper Galilee and 10% Petit-Verdot from the Judean hills. The wine aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. Deep purple in color, while on the nose, the wine has aromas of various black fruits supported by hints of herbs and flowers with a slight alcoholic finish. This mouth-filling wine offers tastes of plums and blackberries balanced by a good acidity that lingers on your tongue. This wine will go well with hard cheeses, grilled meats and pot roasts. The wine usually sells around the 90 NIS Mark.
When cooking with wine, the general rule is never cook with wine you wouldn’t drink.