Michal Akerman is the new CEO of Tabor Winery. She is one of the most prominent viticulturists in Israel.
She replaces Oren Sela, who has resigned. He is from one of the founding grower families of Tabor Winery and as acted as CEO since 1999. Sela steered the winery through a period of growth from a tiny boutique winery to a large commercial winery. This also included the changes bought about in 2005 when IBLLS, importer of Diageo spirits and part of Coca Cola Israel, purchased the winery.
In a further change, Noam Yaacoby, the ex CEO of Recanati Winery, has been appointed Wine Manager of IBBLS. He will therefore be responsible for the marketing, sales & distribution of all IBLLS’s wine interests, including imported wines and Tabor Winery.
Coca Cola Israel is the largest total beverage company in Israel. The group produces, markets or imports global products such as Coca Cola, Johnnie Walker, Campari , Carlsberg and Guinness, as well as Tabor and imported wines.
Tabor Winery is situated at Kfar Tabor in the Lower Galilee. It was founded in 1999 and now produces roughly 2 million bottles a year. It is, depending on the criteria, the 5th or 6th largest winery in Israel. The wines range from the entry level Har Mt. Tabor label, to the Adama, Premium, Single Vineyard and Limited Edition labels. The prestige, flagship wine is Malkiya. The winemaker is Arieh Nesher, with the assistance of Or Nidbach. On Akerman’s initiative, the winery has been converting vineyards they work with to become ‘ecological vineyards’.