Domaine du Castel La Vie Rouge du Castel

Domaine du Castel La Vie Rouge du Castel


Domaine du Castel La Vie Rouge du Castel is a balanced, fruity blend of five grape varieties grown in the Judean Hills vineyards.


Domaine du Castel La Vie Rouge du Castel represents a harmonious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Syrah grown in the vineyards of the Judean Hills. After fermentation, the wine matures for about a year in custom concrete tanks, preserving its fresh fruity aroma throughout the cropping season. Best enjoyed chilled, this balanced and fruity wine reaches its peak within the first three years following the harvest.

The story of Domaine du Castel began in the 1970s when Eli Ben Zaken, originally from Alexandria, moved with his family from Milan to Israel. Armed with modest resources, he acquired a parcel of land in a Jerusalem community, driven by a clear aspiration: to cultivate the land of Israel. Eli started with a chicken coop and a diverse fruit orchard. In 1988, the family planted the first vineyard near their home and winery, employing a method reminiscent of the French Bordeaux region—high-density, low-vigour planting. Four years later, family and friends were invited to participate in the inaugural harvest. The harvested grapes were left to age for two years in oak barrels imported from France by Eli himself. The first 600 bottles, unveiled in the spring of 1995, were christened “Grand Vin.” Despite initial uncertainties about the wine’s quality, the enthusiastic response from friends and supporters prompted Eli to expand the vineyards and officially establish the winery, named “Castel” after the nearby Crusaders’ fortress.

Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 15 in


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