Segal is among the older names in the Israeli wine industry. Originally founded as a distillery in the 1920s by the Segal brothers who were Russian immigrants they went on to establish a winery shortly after WWII which was run as a family owned concern until 2001 when it was acquired by Barkan Vineyards. Together Barkan and Segal comprise Israel's largest wine producer and it currently part of the Tempo Beverage Company, one of the country's largest drinks conglomerates.
With the recources of a major company behind them, in recent years, significant investment has been put into Barkan's operations and, among other things, they've engaged some of the world's leading consultants, such as the likes of Alberto Antonini, to enable them to drive up standards. In 2017 they appointed Ido Lewinsohn as head winemaker. He is without doubt one of Israel's most talented winemakers with a CV that has seen him work across the world. He heads up a team of dynamic young winemakers who, between them, are turning out some top quality wines. Among the wines they make some of the most impressive are made from Argaman, a crossing between France's Carignan and Portugal's Sousão, which is particularly well suited to Israel's climate and soils.