June 18, 2015

The Winery

The Project

Our Winery is located in the small village of Casciana Alta, in the heart of Tuscany inside a building used for the last 250 years for winemaking. We have fixed up the whole building ourselves and installed the best quality equipment we could get our hands on. This is the one of the only three Kosher Wineries in the whole of Europe producing 100% Kosher wine and definitely the only Kosher Winery owned and manned by an observant Jew on the whole continent. Looking around Europe, there is such a strong sense of tradition in winemaking and food production but Jews are almost never involved in the production side of things, too often they are the intermediaries or the businessmen behind things. Today, there are more and more young Jews, who want to get their hands dirty to produce and taste authentic, artisanal, hand crafted gastronomy. Food that is respectful of the environment and of the local traditions of the land we inhabit; and that is exactly why we set up our winery, to make the very best Kosher wine in Tuscany, in the most genuine way possible.

The story behind one of the only kosher wineries in Europe

 

 Lara's grandfather, Giuliano, was a farmer like his father, his grandfather and probably his great grandfather before him. He produced wine, olive oil, fruits (peaches, aprictos, prunes, cherries...) and grain. After his sudden and tragic passing, his children tried to keep up the familly land and production of oil and wine on top of their ordinary jobs but resigned themselves to the impossibility of it and sold off most of the land and all the winemaking equipment. When Eli started learning winemaking and directing himself more and more towards the creation of a winery, it only seemed logical to make the most of the land and building Lara's grandfather had left behind. We thus named the winery after him and tried the best we could to go back to the production of wine with a sense of place and tradition, but adding to it the kosher dimension, in order for Jews to finally have access to genuine Tuscan kosher wine.

Nonno Giuliano in front of the leaning tower of Pisa