Explore Trappist monastery, winery, Jerusalem plains

Explore Foothills below Jerusalem

This tour takes you into the foothills before the ascent to Jerusalem to explore wineries, a monastery, outdoor tank museum, stained glass studio, sheep cheese farms, and a unique Arab-Israel community.

CoolNote: Not all wine produced in Israel is kosher; we indicate which wines have kashrut supervision.

[1] Latroun

[1A] Domaine de Latroun Winery

Located in a Trappist monastery, the vineyards are on site, and tended by the monks who have been producing wine here since the 1890s. For aguided tour, advance reservations necessary.

  • Summer hours: 8:30 – 12 noon; 15:30 – 17:00
  • Winter hours: 8:30 – 11:00; 14:30 – 16:00
  • T: 08.925.5180
  • Closed on Sundays and Christian holidays.

Exit the monastery. At the traffic light, go straight. Look for the entrance to the Latroun Tank Museum on your right. Go up the hill and park in the large parking lot. There is one cafeteria style restaurant (kosher) across from the entrance to the museum, as well as a fast food place (not kosher) near the gas station below. In addition, there is a small supermarket with sandwiches to go.

[1B] Latroun Tank Museum

Latrun Outdoor Tank Museum (Yad L'Shiryon)

Opposite the Latrun Monastery you will find an outdoor tank museum with tanks from World War I through advanced tanks in use today. Visitors are welcome to explore the tanks. To arrange an on site tours, contact the visitor center.

  • T: 08-924.6722, 08-925.5268

[1C] Latrun Radar Station

Latroun Radar Station 

Look for a green dome further up the hill from the outdoor tank museum. This is a weather station under the management of the Dept. of Meteorology of Tel Aviv University. Located in the path of migrating birds, this radar station serves the dual purpose of detecting  flocks of birds as they enter Israeli airspace – and then warn the airforce and commercial airlines. Migrating birds pose a major threat to airplanes and fighter jets. Visitors are welcome to see the exhibition explaining how birds may endanger lives. 

Return to Rte 3 by making a left as you leave the compound, and a right onto Rte 3. Follow the road until you see signs for Kibbutz Nachshon. These signs will take you off Rte 3 to smaller roads. Follow signs and enter the kibbutz. If the gates are closed, call the cell phone number on the gate and see if they will let you in to see the winery. The best advise though, is to book your wine and cheese tours in advance.

[2] Mini-Israel

[3] Kibbutz Nachshon 

[3A] Nachshon Winery 

Nachshon Winery is located across the road from Latroun Monastery on Kibbutz Nachshon. The winery was established in 1996 and produces an annual yield of over 16,000 bottles. Wines do not have kosher certificate. Kosher wines of other boutique wineries on sale in gift shop.

[3B] Nachshon Cheeses

Besides the winery, Kibbutz Nachshon has a gourmet sheep and goat cheese plant. The cheeses are kosher.

[3C] Nachshon Stained Glass Studio

Nachshon's stained glass studio , or vitrage studio, is under the artistic direction of glass artist, Shedmi. original works by glass artist Shedmi, for sale.

All three areas are worth a visit. Gift shop sells all the items plus others from the area.

  • One hour tour includes wine, cheese, and olive oil tasting. Fee. Must be pre-booked.
  • 8:00 – 16:00
  • Other times are available upon request.
  • Wine-Cheese Tours:  08.927.8641
  • Tours do not include the stained glass workshop.
  • Call Shedmi for a glass studio tour. 08.927.8615

[4] Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam/Oasis of Peace

The only community created with the express purpose of coexistence, Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam is a unique community where Jews and Arabs live side by side in peace. Throughout the elementary school  years, children study together. Created in the early 1970s, the community has grown over the years. Visitors are welcome. Visit the unique House of Silence for prayer and meditation.

  • T: 02.991.7160; 02. 999.3030 

Return to Rte 3 and continue south. At the traffic light, Nachshon Junction, turn left in the direction of Bet Shemesh onto Rte 44. Make a right at Rte 38 and stay on the road until a sign for Kibbutz Zora. Turn right and follow the winding road until it reaches the kibbutz entrance. Enter the kibbutz and turn right at the traffic circle. Follow the signs.

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