Thirty three years ago I began to plant a small vineyard with the intention of making wine for Shabbos and Yom Tov. I had been making my own kiddush wine for years and the site of the vineyard, where I live, was promising. The Santa Cruz Mountain wine growing region of California, though small, has long been known for its quality wines. The vineyard is situated on a south-facing slope surrounded by oak and redwood forest looking down the valley to the Pacific Ocean. It had been planted with wine grapes in the 1880s, but the original vines were pulled up during prohibition.

Four Gates is perhaps the smallest kosher winery in the country. I grow Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc on 3.5 acres. The grapes are certified organic by the CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). In addition, the vines are not irrigated, so the small yields are concentrated in flavor. Also, the wine is estate bottled. This means that one person has overseen the quality of both the growing of the grapes and the making of the wine.

The winery itself is likewise a one-man operation. Far from being a modern computer-monitored factory, it's more like an old fashioned one-room school house with me teaching all the grades; all the various pieces of equipment and barrels sit around the room like children of different ages waiting for their turn.

The wines themselves benefit from the small scale and individual attention and from the unique qualities of the Santa Cruz Mountain environment. The Chardonnay is a full-bodied white wine aged in American oak barrels. It will complement flavorful dishes like roast chicken or baked salmon or Orah's spicy baked tofu. The Merlot is a substantial red wine. It will complement a holiday brisket or a roast.

We sanctify the Sabbath with wine. But only after a process of elevation, from the vineyard to the cellar to the table Friday night, can we recite kiddush over a full cup. During the week we labor using our strengths and individual gifts to transform the world into a place of goodness, purpose and delight. It is with this intention that I grow grapes and make wine.


Dear loyal and new friends of Four Gates,

                                                                             I'm very grateful and happy to offer a new slate of wines.   Again, the wines will be sold on the internet store called Shopify.   Find a link to the store below.

Because of the small number of bottles produced at Four Gates the number of bottles of each wine available per person is allocated.  Those numbers will appear on the order form.  I have to cancel multiple orders from the same person/household.

Purchase of a 12 bottle case or more will receive free shipping.  Orders are shipped 

temperature controlled and should arrive in about two or three weeks.  UPS requires a 

signature to deliver the package.

Once again the sale will be first come first served.

It will begin on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. EST and 10:00 a.m. PST.(G"W)

Here is the link to the Shopify site:


Payment will be by credit card only.

Thank you for your interest in Four Gates wines and



Not Mevushal Kosher for Passover

I would be happy to answer your questions about growing grapes or making wine. You can reach me at:

(831) 457-2673

Benyamin Cantz