Somek Estate Winery, established in 2002 is located in Zichron Yaakov, a Mediterranean Coastal town in Israel, is a boutique winery owned by Barak and Hila Dahan. Barak Dahan is 5th generation vintner in Zichron -Yaakov. His family came from Romania to the town of Zichron Yaakov in 1882 to work on Baron Rothschild’s newly established vineyards.
Barak carries on an Old World tradition from his grandfather who taught him how to care for the vines in a way to produce the best possible wine grape, which can only be done from generation to generation. Hila holds a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Adelaide, Australia, so together with Hila’s knowledge of winemaking and Barak’s knowledge of the land, they produce rich, bold, delicious and charismatic wines.
All stages of production are handled by members of the family – from selection of grapes, barrels and blends, to bottling, marketing and distribution. These collaborative efforts produced some 80,000 bottles in 2008, while preserving the winery’s rustic intimate character.