Situated in the hills of the Judean Desert, near the Kidron and Og rivers, in the center of Mishor Adumim, a short distance from Jerusalem, is Hacormim Winery. The winery began in 1848 in the basement of the Shorr family home in the Muslim Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, and was moved to its desert locale in the 1970s’ by the sixth generation of winemakers, Yechiel and Nechama Shorr. With the move to the new facility, the method of production was changed from classic to modern, greatly influenced by the “new world” of wine making, which, in turn, influenced the development of Israel’s wine making industry.
The Winery produces two series of varietal wines and two series of generic table wines, in addition to continuing the classic wine making production of superior quality sweet, aged, and dessert wines and pure grape juice, in the tradition handed down from previous generations. Our wines have been exported to the United States and Europe for many years, gaining a good reputation and a following. For the past two years, the Winery has expanded its production of table wines for the Israeli market.
The winery staff, in all departments, is composed of disabled and special needs workers, who are referred to us by organizations such as Shek”el, Seeach Sod, Elwyn, and others, who work in cooperation with our professionals. Each worker specializes in his or her own field of work, according to his or her abilities. We believe that people with special needs, who are integrated into our workplace, help us all to be more sensitive, humane, and professional, and that the work that they do is a real and significant contribution to the production. Most of the workers have been with us for ten years or more and find a warm and loving home in the winery.
At Hacormim, we use green energy as much as possible, and emphasize the importance of environmental conservation. The main raw materials, for example, glass bottles, are made of biodegradable and recyclable matter, which does not harm the environment and are made using low-energy production with natural gas. The desert climate allows for solar-powered electric without hurting the Earth. Our vintners do all that they can to reduce the bisulfates added to wines, so we can preserve both our wine and the environment in the best way possible.
Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885), the famous Italian-born British financier and philanthropist, dedicated his life to helping Jews around the world. In Israel, he was known as “HaSar Moshe” (Sir Moses). He arrived for his third visit to Israel in 1849, and visited the Holy City of Jerusalem, where he was joyously received by the city’s residents. When they were presented to the Baronet, Rabbi Mordechai Avraham Shorr, a chasid and student of the Grand Rabbi Yisroel of Ruzhin, the Headmaster of the yeshiva Tiferet Israel and the owner of a winery, and his son-in-law Yitzchak Shorr, one of the founders of the first winery in the newly-developing Israel of those times, Montefiore was amazed by the industrial and agricultural initiative within the Old City walls, and began to initiate the development of factories in Jerusalem. To this end, he sent looms for textile manufacture, and advanced printing presses for Rabbi Yisroel’s print shop. At the same time, Montefiore added a new wing to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, and this is how the well-known structure in the famous images of the place was established. (From “The Notes of Sir Montefiore’s Visit to the Land of Israel”).