Israeli Wine

 

Wine has been produced in Israel since Biblical times, perhaps longer than anywhere in the world. According to the authors of the Old Testament (Tanakh, “Hebrew Bible,” etc.), Noah planted the first vines once the great flood subsided. From that point, there are several references to wines consumed by Moses, Micah, King David, and most notably Jesus. Ancient equipment has been found in archeological sites as well as beneath parts of modern day facilities in the Golan Heights and as far as the Negev Desert. Israel made contributions to this growing industry, which spread throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean. A document dating to around 1800 BC was discovered stating Israel was “...blessed with figs and vineyards producing wine in greater quantity than water.” However the wine that was available was often doctored with botanicals, honey, and other additives to make it more palatable. A sweet, viscous style became a popular export during Roman times. But it was so Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Israel View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Subregions of Israel

Popular Wineries in Israel View all

  • Golan Heights Winery

    By combining state of the art technology with traditional vinification techniques, the company ha...

  • Anatot Winery

    Arnon Erez and Aharon Helfgot are two close friends. For years, each made wine separately at thei...

  • Rimon Winery

    Rimon Winery is owned and operated by the Nachmias family, a third generation farming family who ...

  • Dalton Winery

    The Dalton Winery is set in the beautiful green, mountainous country of the Upper Galilee, five k...

  • Carmel Winery

    Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. It was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothsch...

  • Tishbi Estate Winery

    The Tishbi family's romance with grapes and wine began in 1882 when the present generation's grea...

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Israel on Snooth

  • "If they were from, oh, the year Israel was founded, that would have non-wine value."Or perhaps from '67 or '73, very critical years in Israel's existence. Or if there were a backstory to the winemakers or how the wines were made under whatever conditions. But again, that would only be for a very limited, small, hard-to-find market. And under th... Read More

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  • 49 years under anything with those wines and you have to wonder... I think ... ... they were from, oh, the year Israel was founded, that would have non-wine value.  But as wine?  DMcker is right.  As he usually is. Of course, being sweet might lengthen their lives, but 49 years?  Um, no. Get something good to back it up and get the (likely) ba... Read More

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  • 49 years under a stelvin cap? Ya never know but I doubt if any of them still have any life left. Read More

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  • They'd be worth an interesting afternoon or evening tasting them with friends. With a good bottle or two in reserve for afterwards. But as for financially, almost certainly no. Perhaps some pittance for the bottles to use as decorations at a restaurant or such. Hard to see from the photo, but any vintage years for them, and other particulars? Read More

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  • I bought out a private cellar and these were part of it... anyone think these are worth anything?  Thanks! Read More

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  • Now that's a unique name DaddyRedNose.  When I found Big Al already ... no ideas on what to try in Israel.  However, here's a link to get you started:  http://www.goisrael.com/Tourism_Eng/WhatToDo/Culture/Pages/The-Wine-Routes-of-Israel.aspx ; it appears they used to produce mostly white wines but now it's switched to more red than white.&nbs Read More

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  • Welcome, DRN!Depending on your budget, you should try to get ahold of some ... ... ... point for the region.Israel obviously has a long history of viticulture, though the industry has had to restart in recent years. You could start studying before going over with some Yarden label wines which are from the Golan Heights winery. Chardonnay is q... Read More

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  • Any ideas for a new trip in the fall to Israel?  Are there any recommendations for wines to try? Read More

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  • Recanati Chardonnay Kosher 2011

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    not the best at room temp, but; much better chilled exhibiting a more flavorful wine. kosher wines tend to be too sweet. this quvee when chilled takes on a nice pleasant not too sweet flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Hi Wine Lovers,My name is Ohad and I am organizing wine tours to Israel.They are one week long tours that combine visits to leading wineries and touristic sites, wine tastings and lectures as well as auctions of selected award winning Israeli wines.Flight tickets, hotels, travel and events are all included. Purchased wines sent to your homes, no... Read More

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  • We were lucky enough to visit a few of Israel's 300+ wineries, from the Negev Desert to the Golan Heights, on our last amazing stay in Israel! Among them the standouts: We had a Wonderful time staying at Carmey Avdat Winery in a beautiful cabin, with a delicious dinner and an excellent tasting... had a marvelous tasting at the Rota winery in the...

    Comment by 512445elisse 512445 elisse


  • Wonderful progress over the past few years. Reds showing real class. If money is not a problem I personally recommend Margalit winery, extreme Bordeaux style with powerful fruit and full body. Very well made.

    Comment by 585763Ozzy Mc 585763 Ozzy Mc


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