Ashkar Winery is a boutique winery located on a pastoral hill in Kofor Yasif village. The winery was founded in 2010 as a continuation of a long tradition, started by the family homeland village Iqrit, which is surrounded by dozens of antique presses that were used for making wine from grapes growing in the region.
Our wines are strictly produced according to the 'Old World' style of winemaking, with minimum intervention in the process of fermentation and improvement in wooden barrels until bottling. The tradition of winemaking has been passed down within the Ashkar family from generation to generation until 1948; and was revived with the establishment of Ashkar winery in 2010.
The Ashkar Winery vineyards are located in the area of Iqrit village; the place with the best climate conditions in the Upper Galilee. The rich terra rossa soils in the valley, combined with the chalky land on the proximal mountains in the area, provides ideal conditions for growth of high quality wine grapes.
Nemi Ashkar is from the second generation of the displaced community of Iqrit village. He grew up hearing stories about the exile of his ancestors. Prior to the establishment of Ashkar Winery, Nemi has had a long career in the Hi-Tech field, holding on a variety of senior managerial positions at global companies, including IBM, Tower Semiconductor and Hewlett Packard.