The Kawar Family Story

The Kawar family* is one of the most well established and influential families in Jordan and Israel. The family began producing arak (rantus) in Jordan about 70 years ago in a small factory established by the family grandfather Iskandar Kawar, who became a well-known arak expert and producer.

In 2002, the Kawar family began an Israeli-Jordanian initiative to come up with the world’s best formula for producing high-quality arak. Toward that end, the family enlisted the world’s leading experts and spared no expense.

Today, the Kawar Arak production plant is considered not only the most modern arak factory in Israel, but also the most technologically advanced of its kind worldwide. Located in the new Zipporit Industrial Park in Nazareth in the Galilee, the plant is one of a few arak production facilities exclusively using natural ingredients. The combination of cutting-edge technology and the family’s production secrets creates a premium clear product of the highest quality with a clean and pure taste.

* More information about the family’s history can be found in “The Kawar Family, the Ghassanids from Southern Syria,” a book written by Dr. Raouf Saad Abu Jaber.

Exclusively Natural Ingredients

Kawar Arak is produced from natural Syrian aniseed, 100% grape alcohol made from sweet white grapes from the Galilee, and purified water. These three expensive, natural and quality ingredients, when combined with advanced know-how and technology, produce a premium, methanol-free arak. The use of automated distillation and measuring technology requiring no human intervention ensures that each drop in every bottle has the same consistent taste. Indeed, there is no difference between the first and millionth bottle produced. Such high standards bring arak production to a new and higher level.

The Kawar plant employs a food engineer and food technologist responsible for product development. The factory also has a sophisticated R&D lab and quality assurance (QA) system.

Kawar Arak is offered at three different levels of alcohol based on market needs:

  • Delicate: Kawar Delicate Premium Green – 45% (90 proof)
  • Classic: Kawar Premium Red Classic – 50% (100 proof)
  • Premium: Kawar Premium Black – 53% (106 proof)

The products are marketed throughout Israel in top restaurants, bars, pubs, wine stores and gourmet food chains. Kawar Arak is produced with the approval of the Israeli Ministry of Health and under rabbinical supervision.

Kawar Arak earned a gold medal at the prestigious 2010 Terravino Mediterranean International Wine & Spirit Challenge competition, and at International Wine & Spirit Competition held in London on July 2011.



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