Barkan was founded in 1990, by Yair Lerner and Shmuel Boxer. They immediately set forth on a program of modernization and the planting of vineyards, which they saw as the key to the production of fine wine and expansion of the company.
Barkan immediately began to plant vineyards in and around Barkan, where it would ultimately build a state of the art modern winery. Kibbutz Hulda was chosen given both its proximity to the vineyards of Hulda, as well as its central location, close to major roads and removed from urban areas. Today Barkan receives grapes from vineyards from all the best regions in Israel; such as the Golan Heights, the Upper Galilee and the Lebanese border area, the lower Galilee and Tavor, the Jerusalem mountains, and Israel's south, around Mitzpe Ramon.
The winery's location allows the grapes to be quickly transported to the winery, to ensure freshness and to maximize quality. In addition, the strategic location was optimal for distribution of the bottled wine to market. The new winery at Hulda received its first grapes in 2000; the bottling facilities were moved to Hulda in 2003, and the offices in 2004. With the completion of the new warehouse in 2007, the entire Barkan operation is now located at Kibbutz Hulda.
This winery, located on a 50,000 square meter area, includes a 12 million liter tank farm, an automated crushing and fermentation plant, and a 10000 square meter air conditioned filling and case storage building.
As the second largest winery in Israel, Barkan receives over 8000 tons of grapes during the harvest, and devotes nights and days throughout the year to ensure that the fruit received from the vineyard is the best possible. This devotion continues with all of the staff through harvest, winemaking, bottling, marketing and sales; all done to ensure that the bottle that you open will be the best that can be made.
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