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An Urban Winery

Old Tradition
New Paradigm

In 2003, Covenant founders Jeff Morgan and Leslie Rudd tasted an Israeli wine that inspired them to bring a new California perspective a 3500-year-old winemaking tradition. What started as a 500-case Napa Cabernet project has now grown more than ten-fold. Today, Covenant’s 9,000-square-foot urban winery is situated in Berkeley, California, also home to other urban wineries. Covenant’s sister winery, Covenant Israel, was founded in 2013. Since 2013, Covenant Israel wines have been made in the northern Galilee.

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.

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.

Founding Winemaker/Co-Owner

Jeff Morgan


Jodie Morgan


Geoff Rochwarger

Co-Founder 1941-2018

Leslie Rudd

Managing Director

Sagie Kleinlerer


Jonathan Hajdu

Operations Coordinator

Zoë Morgan Koelewijn

Hospitality Manager

Ted McArdle

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Experience Our Urban Winery

We produce our wine in a 9,000 square-foot urban winery in the
“Berkeley Drinks District” of Berkeley, California.
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