Joe and Daphne Bazer, Owners of a Homemade Shepherd Flutes and Winemaking Business
Until the mid-1980’s, Joe and Daphne were a typical New York couple. He worked at a television studio and she in advertising. One day, Joe happened upon a book on Zionism in a bookstore in the heart of Manhattan. The book’s central message was – Jews belong in the Land of Israel. The couple were convinced, packed their belongings and left the United States, despite the warnings that they would not be able to find jobs in Israel at their age. Today, they are the parents of seven children and many grandchildren. They made their home in Shiloh and they “only work in things they love.” In a room filled with shavings and sawdust, the scent of wood and lathes, Joe carves small bowls and creates biblical flutes, while Daphne works with ceramics. Joe also built a winery in the small building, and he produces several thousands of bottles of the finest quality wine from the grapes of the adjacent vineyards, based on natural yeast with no added chemicals. In the building next door, Joe built a music studio that is used by teenagers in the region, as well as a gallery to display the family’s handiwork. Between the two buildings are a grassy area and a wooden deck for hosting private events and the wine and song evenings that are open to the public. Come visit with the children for a flute making workshop or just watch Joe at work, visit the gallery and taste the excellent wine.