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Jacques Capsouto Vignobles, owned by winemaker, restaurateur and Wine Zionist, Jacques Capsouto,  has launched its new website:

It tells his remarkable story. Jacques Capsouto was born in Egypt, spent his youth in Lyon, France, and as a young adult moved to Manhattan.  There he opened the famous Capsouto Freres Restaurant. It became a fixture in the local culinary scene for more than 30 years. At the restaurant he became known as fierce advocate of Israeli wines. After Hurricane Sandy destroyed his restaurant and one of his partner brothers passed away, he closed the restaurant. At the age of 70, he decided to plant a vineyard in Israel and found a winery.

He found a beautiful sloped vineyard near Peki'in in the Galilee, and planted his vineyard in 2010. As a Francophile and believer that the Rhone Valley was the model for Israeli wines, he planted only Rhone varieties. The young, talented Eran Israeli became his winemaker. Rhone icon Jean Luc Colombo became his wine consultant and Dr. Pini Sarig his viticulturist. The first Capsouto wines were launched in 2014. He called his wines Cotes de Galilee Village and each Cuvee was named after a member of his family.

The wines are all blends. The entry level wines are Cuvee Eva Blanc (mainly Grenache Blanc), Cuvee Eva Rose (mainly Cinsault) and Cuvee Samuel (mainly Mourvedre and Grenache). The Grand Vins are Cuvee Albert Blanc (mainly Roussanne) and Cuvee Marco (Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah).

He produces 30,000 bottles a year. His wines have received 92 points in the Wine Enthusiast and he has been termed as 'Israel's only all in Kosher Rhone Ranger'.



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