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An Urban Kosher Winery

Our Story

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 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,
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Allan Nelson Vineyard

Dry Creek Valley

Sauvignon Blanc,
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Moaveni Vineyard

Bennett Valley

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Scopus Vineyard

Sonoma Mountain

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Rudd Vineyard

Mt. Veeder

Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot, Malbec
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Rudd Oakville Estate


Cabernet Sauvignon
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Mahoney Vineyard


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
Jodie Morgan
Leslie Rudd
Co-Founder (1941-2018)
Sagie Kleinlerer
General Manager
Jonathan Hadju
Zoë Morgan
Israel Sales and Promotion
Eli Silins
Cellar Master
Molly Nadav
Wine Club / Special Projects Manager
Josh Fleet
Cellar Scribe

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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