We know we can find quality wine in Israel, but the country has a new winery with two unusual twists. First, the winery is located in one of the last places you might expect – adjacent to the Mitzpe Ramon crater in the heart of the Negev. Second, for the first time in Israel, the winery, Rujum, the High Desert Winery, has Masorti, not Orthodox, kosher supervision. The Masorti hashgacha (supervision) agreement also calls for a living wage for employees and transparency to assure that salaries and taxes are paid.
The wine is not yet available for export. A second winery in the Beit Shemesh area is now in discussion with Masorti about using its hashgacha as well.