There is quite a stir in the kashrus community over announcements circulating from R’ Rafi Yochai of the Chief Rabbinate Kashrus Fraud Unit as well as the Hebron Religious Council, informing the public that Hebron Wineries lost their supervision from Rav Dov Lior Shlita, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and a member of the Chief Rabbinate Rabbinical Council.
According to the formal releases circulating around Israel, the decision is based on the fact that “unapproved ingredients” were found on the premises, compelling the decision, to revoke the kosher supervision.
For those who are familiar, Hebron Wines also has a hechsher from Badatz Machzikei Hadas – Belz, Mehadrin. I spoke with R’ Moshe Hoffman of the Belz hechsher a short time ago, and he is well aware of the decision of R’ Lior and the Rabbinate, but informs me that the winery maintains a mehadrin standard, adding “If only all wineries would adhere to kashrus laws as the folks in Hebron,” emphasizing the owners are shomer shabbat G-d-fearing Jews, and that Belz is not removing its hechsher and Hebron Wines remains mehadrin, on a very high standard.
R’ Hoffman thanked me for calling, urging me to ‘put the word out’, pained over R’ Lior’s decision which is delivering a blow to “fine Jews” just weeks ahead of Rosh Hashanah, assuring me over and over again that the wines are mehadrin by all standards.