After our visit to Mt. Precipice, we were ready for a light lunch and a wine tasting at Tulip Winery (יקב טוליפ). I love the cause behind Tulip, which our lovely host Lital told us employs 40 special needs adults who live in the village where the winery is located, a former kibbutz. The village’s name, Kfar Tikva, means “Village of Hope.”
At Tulip, they say “Labels are for wine bottles, not for people.” They were founded with the purpose of making great wine while providing special needs adults with employment and the support of community on the former kibbutz where they’re located. Started as a tiny boutique winery in 2003, now they are shipping over 300,000 bottles of wine annually and have won various awards locally and internationally.
Founded by the Itzhaki family, they fulfilled their long-time dream of establishing a winery which combines the production of quality wine with social responsibility.
Their wonderful vision produced an exciting model of wine entrepreneurialism that employs members of Kfar Tikva and provides them with a business platform from which they can integrate into the labor market like any other person.
Tulip has become an industry leader and the largest boutique winery in Israel.
Our group presented two of the employees we have come to know well over our several visits, Nathan and Maria, with some special gifts. Nathan has a rare genetic disorder and is known to be the oldest person in the world with the condition. He was Tulip’s first paid employee. They attribute his remarkable health to the joy and fulfillment he gets from his job.
In turn, the owner of the winery, Roy Itzhaki, surprised Pastor Chris with a special magnum bottle of his favorite Tulip wine signed by several of the employees.
We ended the day with a stop for a photo as we arrived at the Sea of Galilee.