Jacques Capsouto followed the advice of his mother, Eva, who said to him “do something for Israel.” So he decided to found an Israeli winery. He only planted Southern Rhone grapes, believing them most suitable for Israel. He called his winery Jacques Capsouto Vignobles, and his brand Côtes de Galilee Village. Capsouto was born in Egypt, moved to France and settled in the United States where he founded the Capsouto Frères Restaurant. It was successful for over thirty years and was the first Manhattan restaurant to support and list Israeli wines.
A pioneer of the Western Galilee, Capsouto’s vineyard, planted in 2010, is close to Pekiin. It is in a horseshoe, north facing, 700 meters above sea level, with a 90 meter difference between the highest and lowest part. The grapes are harvested by hand. The respected Pini Sarig is the viticulturist.
The young, talented Eran Israeli, who teaches winemaking at the Ohalo School Katzrin, is the winemaker. The services of the famous Jean-Luc Columbo from the Rhone were used as winemaking consultant.
Each cuvée are blends commemorating a member of his family.
Eva Rosé (mainly Cinsault), Eva Blanc (mainly Grenache Blanc) & Samuel Rouge (Mourvèdre, Grenache, Counoise) are the entry level range.
Albert Blanc (mainly Roussanne) and Marco Rouge (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah) are the Grands Vins. Capsouto only uses oak barrels three to four years old.
Capsouto Winery is part of Handcrafted Wines of Israel, a prestigious group of boutique wineries & cult wines. HWI host regular tutored tastings at venues to suit the client.