The Petit Castel is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The wine matures for 12 months in French oak barrles followed by 4 further months ageing in concrete tanks prior to bottling. The Petit Castel is deep in color with pungent aromas of red and black fruits with a wonderful concentration of warming spice
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In 1988, almost by chance, Eli Ben Zaken planted the first modern-day vineyard to be found in the Judean Hills, in the backyard of his home in Ramat Raziel. Within four years' time, family and close friends came together to harvest the grapes that would become the winery's very first wine – Castel Grand Vin 1992.
Though he was a novice pioneer, Eli was a "very serious amateur" from this first harvest – he aimed for the highest, most meticulous standards, as accustomed in the finest wine regions. He envisioned a thriving family winery that would offer future generations the chance to take part in a shared creation, for generations to come.