Gilgal's Cab Sav - Note the image of Gilgal Refaim ("The Circle of Giants") on the label
Gilgal’s Cab Sav – Note the image of Gilgal Refaim (“The Circle of Giants”) on the label

It’s been a pleasure blogging on the reception of biblical giants these last 15 months. But I’ve decided to retire to the fertile wine-growing district which is the Golan Heights, where I will be the chief wine-taster for Gilgal Wines, a wine producer named after the mysterious archaeological site known as “Gilgal Refaim” (גִּלְגַּל רְפָאִים‎‎; Rujm el-Hiri [رجم الهرة]):

On a wide plateau in the Golan Heights region lies the ancient, mysterious rock structure called the Gilgal Refaim. Although it is millennia old, very little is actually known about the Gilgal Refaim or those who built it.

Gilgal in Hebrew translates to circle. Refaim translates to ghosts. However, according to legend, Refaim was also a race of giants who lived in the Bashan (present-day Golan Heights). To this day it remains a mystery to historians, scholars, and archaeologists.

We do not seek to solve the mystery—we embrace it.

– “Gilgal Refaim”,

Gilgal Refaim / Rujm el-Hiri
Gilgal Refaim / Rujm el-Hiri

May the Giants be with you always.