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Words of the Head of Council

Dear friends,

Throughout history, the vineyards and wineries located in

the area of the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council have been

an inseparable part of the landscape and their memories

are engraved in each and every footstep. Nowadays, in

cooperationwith theregion’swinegrowersandwinemakers,

weareproud torenewanddevelop the local wineproducing

branch, to learn and to emphasize its uniqueness, and to

obtain recognition as Israel’s first official wine region.

The regional wine industry serves as a source of income for

hundreds of families and scores of agricultural farms, and as

a touristic anchor for owners of businesses and attractions.

Wine is part of the culture uniting the Regional Council’s

settlements and each and every day anew, hundreds of

winemakers, growers and farmers all over Mateh Yehuda,

fulfill the “Wine Region” vision, with joy, born of creativity.

Tens of wineries throughout Mateh Yehuda have of late

become a household name in the Israeli wine industry and

the vine growing areas within it are among the finest in the

state of Israel. The Mateh Yehuda wine route is a flourishing

and prospering enterprise, considered the Flagship Project

of the entire region and a source of Israeli international


I invite you to experience, taste and feel all that our unique

region offers, to meet the inhabitants, to be impressed by

historic and archaeological sites, by the scenery and trails,

and to visit the wineries, restaurants and attractions.

Brief background on the region and the regional council:

TheMateh Yehuda Regional Council is the sole council in the

Jerusalem district and one of the largest regional councils

in Israel.


Kibbutzim, Communal settlements, Arab settlements, a joint

Jewish-Arab community, agricultural farms and convents.

The council area is home to some of Israel’s loveliest parks

and forests, through its center runs the highway connecting

JerusalemandTel Aviv, and it serves as the green lung of the

country’s center.

Most of the council’s jurisdiction is part of thebiblical Judean



The council’s emblem exhibits the lion mentioned in Jacob’s

blessing: “You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the

prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a

lioness-who dares to rouse him?” (Genesis, Chapter 49, 9).

The Mateh Yehuda population includes diverse inhabitants

who have arrived from multiple nations and true to this

date, about 60,000 people reside within its limits.

Yours truly,

Niv Vizel

Head of the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council