If you’re looking for a healthy tipple, look no further than the Rimon Winery, which is using pomegranates to make a wine famed for both flavor and its health properties.
Israel’s northern Galilee region is home to many a fine winery, but the Rimon Winery, which specializes in pomegranate wine is in a class of its own.
One of very few wineries around the world that make this specialist wine, the Rimon Winery was founded by Gabi Nachmias, from Moshav Ben Zimra in the Galilee.
Pomegranates are naturally high in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that are said to combat a variety of health problems ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular diseases and even possibly cancer.
Nachmias originally intended to plant nectarines on his land, but after reading an article about the health benefits of pomegranates he changed his mind. Six years ago he made 2,600 bottles. Today, the winery bottles over 750,000 liters a year and sells its four kinds of pomegranate wine to markets in Japan, the US, Europe and Singapore.
Aside from wine, the company also produces a line of cosmetics, concentrated oil, jams and more, each imbued with the active agents in pomegranates that are said to be health enhancing.
The winery is now collaborating with Tel Hashomer Hospital in Tel Aviv on a large research study that’s examining the effect of pomegranates on general health and on various diseases.