Best Kosher Wines

GAYOT's Top Kosher Wines are made all around the world

The Top Kosher Wines for Every Occasion

As with organic wines, it would be nearly impossible to know if a bottle is kosher simply by drinking it. The best way to discover the difference between kosher and non-kosher wines is by reading the label. This is often indicated simply with a “K” symbol, which means no non-kosher animal products can be used in the making of the wine and it must be made in a facility that is kept entirely kosher.

Bottles labeled “Kosher for Passover” are made under even stricter conditions and often bear a letter “P” next to the “K” symbol. For those attending a Passover Seder, note that all wines labeled “Kosher for Passover” are kosher, but not all kosher wines are kosher for Passover.


1. Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2008



Yarden Blanc de Blancs 2008
Type: Sparkling wine
Origin: Golan Heights, Israel
Price: $30

Produced from Chardonnay grapes of the northern Golan Heights region in Israel, the 2008 Yarden Blanc de Blancs is a delicate blend of lemon, apple and flower notes. On the tongue, this sparkling wine has a fresh and fruity finish that makes it great for drinking alone or as an apertif paired with caviar and fish.

For more information, visit the Golan Heights Winery official website.


2. Goose Bay 2012 South Island Sauvignon Blanc

Goose Bay 2012 South Island Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Price: $20



New Zealand isn’t necessarily recognized as a source for kosher wines, but it is certainly known for Sauvignon Blanc. Fortunately, there is one winery gaining an international reputation for both. With its gooseberry and cut grass aromas, biting lemon acidity and cleansing finish, this wine represents the best attributes of Kiwi-style Sauvignon Blanc.

For more information, visit the Goose Bay official website.


3. Don Ernesto’s 2015 Beret Rosé

Don Ernesto's 2015 Beret Rose
Type: Rosé
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Price: $24

In describing his winemaking philosophy, Don Ernesto states, “Like a rainbow or a puppy or a beautiful sunset, wine should make you feel happy to be alive and enjoying life surrounded by friends.” Made from 100 percent Syrah, this rosé displays a salmon color and aromas of cherry, raspberry and strawberry. In the mouth, this medium-bodied wine boasts flavors of currant and grapefruit with a lingering citrus finish.

For more information, visit the Don Ernesto official website.


4. Galil Ela 2012



Galil Ela 2012
Type: Red blend
Origin: Galilee, Israel
Price: $20

A rich blend of 61 percent Syrah, 32 percent Barbera and 7 percent Petit Verdot, the Galil Ela 2012 is a full-bodied kosher wine with a deep violet color. This wine comes from high quality grapes of the Galil Mountain Winery and has undergone 12 months of aging in French oak barrels. Expect strong aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry as well as spices and oak. The berry and toasty flavors only improve, as this is a wine that ages well for three to five years after harvest.

For more information, visit the Galil Mountain Winery official website.


5. Prix 2009 Reserve Syrah

Prix 2009 Reserve Syrah
Type: Syrah
Origin: North Coast, California, USA
Price: $65



Prix is a reserve label from Hagafen Cellars. The grapes for this kosher wine are carefully selected from fine Napa and Sonoma vineyards. The 2009 Reserve Syrah offers black cherry and blackberry acidity with a hint of caramel at the back of the palate and black pepper on the finish.

For more information, visit the Hagafen Cellars official website.


6. Domaine du Castel 2011 Grand Vin

Domaine du Castel 2011 Grand Vin
Type: Red blend
Origin: Judean Hills, Israel
Price: $70

Domaine du Castel could easily be mistaken for a family-owned French winery with its values and focus on Bordeaux varietals. But it is actually one of Israel’s premier producers. Its Bordeaux-style red blend has been referred to as the “greatest kosher wine in the world.” We like it for its good balance, blackberry and bramble flavors, ripe tannins and lingering finish.



For more information, visit the Domaine du Castel official website.


7. Elvi Wines 2008 EL26 Priorat

Elvi Wines 2008 EL26 Priorat
Type: Red blend
Origin: Catalonia, Spain
Price: $50

Elvi is a family-owned operation dedicated to the production of kosher still and sparkling wines in Spain. The company’s signature red is created from an earthy blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane. The 2008 EL26 Priorat boasts tart cranberry and cherry acidity with fine-grained tannins.

For more information, visit the Elvi Wines official website.


8. Herzog 2012 Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon

Herzog 2012 Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California, USA
Price: $22

As a mark of his appreciation, Austrian Emperor Franz Josef made winemaker Philip Herzog a baron more than a century ago. The irony is that Herzog is itself a title of nobility. Equally noble is this lush Cabernet Sauvignon. It blends grapes from five California vineyards, and boasts rich flavors of blueberry and cassis with a lingering finish of dried sage.

For more information, visit the Herzog Wine Cellars official website.


9. Terrenal Seleccionado 2014 Red Wine

Terrenal Seleccionado 2014 Red Wine
Type: Red blend
Origin: Spain
Price: $8

This Spanish red blend, available at your local Trader Joe’s, is composed of 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 20 percent Monastrell, which is the Spanish term for the Rhône varietal, Mourvèdre. On the nose, this wine opens with light floral notes that are balanced by rich aromas of black currant and herbs. The Terrenal Seleccionado 2014 Red Wine offers a plush mouthfeel with flavors of blackberry, chocolate and dark cherry.


10. Hagafen Cellars 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Hagafen Cellars 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Dessert wine
Origin: Napa Valley, California, USA
Price: $36 for 375 ml

California’s Hagafen Cellars strives to craft superb-quality kosher wines. According to winemaker Ernie Weir, the company’s goal is to “showcase the best that our land has produced.” The grapes for the 2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc are harvested in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast — the perfect location for this rarely produced release. This dessert wine is sweet with tropical fruit flavors and a smooth, lingering finish.

For more information, visit the Hagafen Cellars official website.