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An Urban Winery

Old Tradition
New Paradigm

In 2003, Covenant founders Jeff Morgan and Leslie Rudd wondered if they could make a kosher wine as great as Napa’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Upon release of that first vintage, the pundits concurred that Covenant was, indeed, an outstanding example of what Napa Valley can achieve. Today, Covenant’s 7,000-square foot urban winery is now situated in Berkeley, CA, also home to other urban wineries and breweries. Covenant’s sister winery, Covenant Israel, was founded in 2013 and is located in Israel’s Galilee region.

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What is Kosher Wine?

Essentially, all wine is kosher. Our Covenant wines are made very simply, with natural, indigenous yeasts and no fining. 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 growers.

Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from several exceptional vineyards in Napa Valley. Pinot Noir is sourced from Francis Mahoney’s hilltop Carneros vineyard. We also have long-standing relationships with growers in Sonoma’s Bennett Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma Valley and Lake County. In Lodi, we work with the Mettler family’s vineyards. In Israel, our best Syrah is grown on Israel’s only biodynamic vineyard—Tzivon—in the Upper Galilee.

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

Cabernet Sauvignon
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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
Geoff Rochwarger
Co-Owner
Leslie Rudd
Co-Founder (1941-2018)
Sagie Kleinlerer
General Manager
Jonathan Hajdu
Winemaker
Zoë Morgan
Israel Sales and Promotion
Tamar Sandel
Hospitality and Marketing Manager

Experience Our Urban Winery

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

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