Rimon Winery

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Rimon Winery
Rimon Winery Logo.jpg
LocationKerem Ben Zimra, Israel
Coordinates33°01′38″N 35°28′39″E / 33.027115°N 35.477418°E / 33.027115; 35.477418
Founded2004 (2004)
Key peopleNachmias family
VarietalsDry wine, Dessert wine, Port wine, Sparkling wine
Other productsPomegranate juice, Pomegranate seed oil
DistributionIsrael, United States, Japan, Canada and China

Rimon Winery (Hebrew: יקב רימון‎) is an Israeli winery specialized in producing pomegranate wine,[1] with over a dozen varieties.[2] Rimon is the Hebrew word for pomegranate.[3] Rimon Winery was the first company in the world to make wine from pomegranates.[4]

At Kosherfest 2007 Rimon Winery won "Best New Wine, Beer or Spirit", upon its expansion into the United States.[5] In 2008 Rimon Winery expanded into the United Kingdom, debuting at the London International Wine Fair.[6]


In 1996, father and son, Gaby and Avi Nachmias, developed a new strain of pomegranates that they claim is "sweeter, deeper in color and richer in vitamins and antioxidants than other varieties."[7][8] The Nehemias bottled its first pomegranate wines in 2003, 2,000 bottles of pomegranate dessert wine[7] They founded Rimon Winery the following year, including a commercial production line.[9] By 2007, they offered dry, port, and dessert wines.[10] Rimon produces their wine by crushing the fruit, fermenting it in stainless steel, and then aging the wine in French oak barrels.[11]

The Nachmias are third generation farmers at Kerem Ben Zimra, a Moshav in the Upper Galilee[10][12] and there developed their special pomegranate species, which has exceptionally large and very sweet fruits. The high concentration of sugar in these fruits, similar to the sugar concentration in grapes, makes this species suitable for wine making.[13]

Rimon Winery was established in 2004 at the Dalton Industrial Park in the Upper Galilee[12] and was the first to produce pomegranate wine commercially.[14] The winery distributes its products in Israel, United States, Japan, Canada and China.

In 2012 OK Kosher Certification stripped Rimon Winery of their kosher certification due to various kashrut issues.[15]

Wine production process[edit]

The first stage in the production process of pomegranate wine is the separation of grains from the peel. Then the grains are compressed and the resulting juice is fermented between two and four months. Finally, the wine is transferred into French oak barrels for further aging.


In 2007 Rimon port won the bronze medal in the categories best fruit wine and best wine priced at New York's Finger Lakes wine competition in New York. In 2006 Rimon dessert wine won a gold in the category fruit dessert wine Puerto Rico's Curibe Vinos 2006 competition.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Israeli Pomegranate Wine: Good for the Body, Good for the Soul". Israel National News. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  2. ^ "10 extraordinary tastes from Israel". Israel21c. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  3. ^ Leibold, Rachel (2007-08-30). "Eat, drink, decorate the magical, mystical pomegranate does it all". J. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  4. ^ "Israel's vineyards - Vogue.it". Vogue.it (in Italian). 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  5. ^ "From Israel comes a deliciously different wine for dessert". The Seattle Times. 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  6. ^ "Pomegranate wine's superfood boost - Off Licence News - The Voice of Drinks Retailing". drinksretailingnews.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  7. ^ a b Stub, Zev (2006-09-21). "A dessert wine with a healthy finish — Jewish Journal". Jewish Journal. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  8. ^ "Kosher Pomegranate Wine? - Yeshiva World News". Yeshiva World News. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  9. ^ "New Beverage, Ancient Source: Pomegranate Wine". Israel National News. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  10. ^ a b c Arfa, Orit (5 July 2007). "Wine in the pom of your hand". Jerusalem Post. ProQuest 319623237.
  11. ^ "Pomegranate Wine From Israel". The Daily Fruit Wine. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  12. ^ a b Rapp, Alyssa (2009-04-02). "Ten Great-Tasting Kosher Wines For Passover". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  13. ^ "Israeli family takes pomegranate wine to heady heights".
  14. ^ "Dal Golan al Negev è questa la culla della cultura del vino". LaStampa.it. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  15. ^ "CRC Kashrus Alerts (Shavuos 5772 / 2012) - Yeshiva World News". Yeshiva World News. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2017-08-02.

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