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An Urban Kosher Winery

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An Old Tradition;
A New Paradigm

A tasting of wines made by Jewish Napa Valley winemakers provided the forum that gave birth to Covenant. Was it possible to make a kosher wine from some of Napa’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon that would be comparable in quality to the best non-kosher Napa wines? It was a challenge that Covenant partner Leslie Rudd gave to Jeff Morgan back in 2002. The 7,000-square foot winery is now situated in a neighborhood that is also home to other urban wineries and breweries.

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What is Kosher Wine?

Essentially, all wine is kosher. But because kosher wine is also a beverage used to sanctify the Sabbath and other holidays, it can only be handled in the cellar by Sabbath-observant Jews. At Covenant, our cellar crew fits this requirement. Our wines are certified Kosher for Passover by the Orthodox Union and by Rabbi Yechiel Babad (Tartikover Rav).

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From Napa to Sonoma to Lodi and even northern Israel, Covenant is fortunate to work with exceptional vineyards and vineyard managers.

Our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from Covenant partner Leslie Rudd’s Oakville and Mount Veeder
vineyards in Napa Valley. Pinot Noir is sourced from Francis Mahoney’s hilltop vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley.
We also have long-standing relationships with growers in Sonoma’s Bennett Valley, Sonoma Mountain,
Dry Creek Valley, and Sonoma Valley. And in Lodi—about 30 miles east of Napa Valley—we work with
Mettler Family Zinfandel, Roussane and Chardonnay.

Richard Mounts Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Zinfandel, Petite Sirah,
Grenache
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Allan Nelson Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Sauvignon Blanc,
Merlot
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Moaveni Vineyard

Bennett Valley

Syrah
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Scopus Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain

Chardonnay
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Rudd Vineyard

Mt. Veeder

Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Malbec
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Rudd Oakville Estate

Oakville

Syrah
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Mahoney Vineyard

Carneros

Pinot Noir
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The Covenant Crew

At our winery in Berkeley, Covenant’s crew is a bit like an extended family. In fact, some of us are actually related! The production and marketing teams operate in close proximity and often share lunches together outside the winery under the California sun. We’ve grown together as a business and as friends. We hope that our wines promote the same kind of comradery that we experience here in the winery at dinner tables throughout the world.

Jeff Morgan
Vintner/Co-Owner
Jodie Morgan
Vintner/Co-Owner
Leslie Rudd
Vintner/Co-Owner
Sagie Kleinlerer
General Manager
Jonathan Hadju
Winemaker
Zoë Morgan
Israel Sales and Promotion
Eli Silins
Cellar Master
Molly Nadav
Wine Club / Special Projects Manager
Josh Fleet
Cellar Crew

Experience Our Urban Winery

We make our wine in a 7,000 square-foot urban winery in the
“Berkeley Drinks District” of Berkeley, California.

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