Somek Estate Winery was founded in 2003 by Barak and Hila with the aim of producing high-quality wines that reflect the terroir of the Zichron-Yaacov region. Barak is the fifth generation of winemakers in this region, which was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Hila studied at the University of Adelaide, Australia and is a qualified oenologist.
For several generations, Barak's family tended the vineyards and sold the grapes to the major wineries. In 2003, Barak and Hila decided to harvest 10% of the best sites to make their own wines. They continue to sell the remaining 90% of their harvest to other wineries. Together, Barak and Hila represent a long tradition of viticulture, experience and knowledge in this region, as well as technical knowledge and procedures in the production of wine. An excellent combination, combined with a passion for the land which can be felt in the wines.
The white grape varieties are Chardonnay, Roussanne, Chenin Blanc, Viognier and the red grape varieties are mainly Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
Cellar master: Hila and Dahan Barak
Main location: Zichron Yaacov
Labels: Chardonnay, Haderech Halevana, Adom, Syrah, Carignan, Bikat Hanadiv, Kerem 13
Top product: Bikat Hanadiv
Appellation: Carmel Mountains
Production: 20,000 bottles per year