The Cremisan Monastery is a Salesian monastery in the West Bank, near Beit Jala. The monastery, located on a hill 850 meters above sea level, is five kilometers from Bethlehem and 12 kilometers from Jerusalem. It was built in 1885 on ruins of a 7th century Byzantine monastery.
The main monastery, housed in a building featuring stone floors, thick walls and high arched ceilings, is decorated with pictures of Pope John Paul II and Don Bosco, the founder of the Salesian order. The monastery accepts theology students from around the world.
The Cremisan Cellars have been in operation since the establishment of the monastery in the 19th century. Modern equipment was introduced in 1997. The grapes are primarily harvested from the al-Khader area. Only 2% of the wine production (around 700,000 liters per year) is made from Cremisan's own grapes. The rest come mainly from Beit Jala, Beit Shemesh, and the Hebron area.
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