Meet the Winemaker (Episode 77): Assaf Paz, Binyamina
Assaf Paz of Binyamina Winery in the coastal plains of North Israel, explains that having originally been established in 1952, the winery has a long history of winemaking. Having passed hands several times, resources have recently been poured into the winery, making it the success it is today – the fourth largest in Israel producing around 2.8 million bottles every year under four different labels. Today, the winery’s vineyards are spread throughout the country, allowing them to produce a great variety of different wines.
Having trained in France, California and Australia, Paz, is no stranger to winemaking. He explains that the winery invests heavily in making sure the best grapes from the best vineyards go into its wines. They work very closely with the farmers and take a hands-on approach to vinification – as much as possible for kosher winemakers. Paz points out that it is this close relationship with the farmers and the love of winemaking that allows Binyamina to produce such a wide range of quality wines and to continue to diversify and grow.