A Morning Of Volunteering At Na’aman Vineyard

There is nothing better for one’s karma than volunteering for a good cause, and what cause could possibly be better than wine making!

By coincidence, I and my boyfriend came across a post on Facebook the other day, where the Na’aman Winery in Northern Israel were looking for volunteers to come and help them pick grapes for Merlot, at 6AM Friday morning. Aware that this vineyard is located a 3 h drive from our home in Tel Aviv, and despite the weather forcast promising a heat wave, we still felt that it could be worth going (this says something about our passion for wine I guess).

Said and done, at 3AM last night we took our dog and our hats, jumped into the car, and drove all the way up to the Northest parts of Israel. We arrived at Na’aman’s vineyard in the mountains just in time for a breathtaking sunrise.

Due to me being used to the busy street life of Tel Aviv, I felt that the silence, the crisp morning air, and the open landscapes up North alone were already worth the drive and lack of sleep.

Once we got there we were greeted by the owner of the winery, Rami, who showed us how to cut the grapes. We then grabbed a couple of cutters and started working on our row of vines, while our dog was strolling around, mingeling with the other volunteers.

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In my mind, there is nothing quite as satisfying as being outside, getting your hands dirty, and your back tired, working the land. Especially when most of your time otherwise is spent working or studying in front of a computer.

From 6AM to 9AM we were cutting grapes. By 9AM we could already feel the arrival of the promised heat wave, so we decided to call it a day. All the volunteers were invited back to the winery by the owners, where we got to see a bit of the process of making the wine, taste some of the wines from earlier years, and were served an amazing brunch at their house as compensation for the work.

After tasting many of the wines and really enjoying them (don’t worry, I wasn’t the one driving back), we also decided to buy a few bottles to take home with us.

All in all, it was a really enjoyable experience, and a great way to spend a Friday morning. I am also very excited knowing that grapes that I picked are gonna be poured from wine bottles in a year or two when the wine is ready. I would definately recommend anyone who is in to wine to pay a visit at Na’aman Winery if you get the chance; the people there are very nice, the wine is delicious, and the view from the mountains is stunning.