Kadesh Barnea was established in 1999 by Alon Tzadok on Moshav Kadesh Barnea in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Now a second generation family business, each memberís role is based on their area of expertise. Alon is CEO, his wife, Nira, manages operations, and their son Gilad is head of Sales and Marketing. His other son, Yogev, and his wife, Eden, are now the wine makers, having both studied winemaking in Florence, Italy, producing more complex and intelligent wines. Kadesh Barnea is currently considered the best winery in the Negev.
Yogev explains that the unique features of the Negev region, including altitude and fluctuations in temperature, result in distinctive tastes of the grapes, even for common varietals such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Petit Verdot, which is typically used to add flavor to a more dominating grape, grows in the Negev with a much smoother taste and therefore a higher percentage can be added to the wines for a more interesting blend. The wineryís annual production is 80,000 bottles with varietals including: Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.