Ronnie James attachment to the land was established early in life at various agricultural schools. His affinity to vines began some 30 years ago when he was asked to take over responsibility for Tzora's long established vineyard. His love affair with wine began when he first tasted a wine made by a winery which purchased Tzora's crop. Immediately, he decided to begin making his own wines.
James viewed the wine through the vines and weaved the various components together with an artist's touch. He studied the behavior of the vines, analyzed weather conditions, took calculated risks – and ultimately followed his own instincts.
As the Israeli pioneer of terroir, James was awarded the "Eshkol Hazahav" (Golden Bunch) award for his remarkable contribution to Israel's wine culture. Sadly, he passed away in April 2008.
Ronnie James discovered Giv'at Hachalukim (River Stone Knoll) vineyard in the early ‘90s, on the north bank of the biblical Sorek Valley, realizing that the vineyard's location is an ideal site for growing wine grapes. The soil was rich with river bed stones, which were washed down from the Judean Hills over centuries. Ronnie planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc vines, and had the first harvest in 1993. The last harvest of Giv’at Hachalukim was in 2008.