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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in Israel View all

  • Anatot Winery

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

  • Tabor Winery

    Main Vineyard & Winery Winery's People Stretching along the foot of Mt. Tabor, amid...

  • Barkan

    A Vineyard was to Solomon the King, and as the love in the Song of Songs, our love started in a v...

  • Chateau Golan Winery

    Château Golan, located in the southern area of the Golan Heights, opened its doors in the summer ...

  • Tishbi Estate Winery

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

  • Amphorae Vineyard

    We celebrated the beginning of the new millenium with a mission in mind and a passion in heart: t...

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Israel on Snooth

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

    Forum post in the topic Old Kosher Wines from 1960s...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hi. New here.


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hi. New here.


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

    Forum post in the topic Hi. New here.


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Israeli Wines Tour


  • Hai Cabernet Sauvignon the Patriots Reserve 2010

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    Drink 2014 - 2015 Read More

    Wine review by Mazzeo


  • Golan Heights Winery Pinot Noir Golan Heights Yarden Kosher 2007

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    Super over oaked. Read More

    Wine review by jfgrossen


  • Rimon Pomegranite Dessert

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    Love it!!! Bought multiple bottles in Israel Read More

    Wine review by bigobj7


  • Golan Moscato Dessert Wine Kosher 2007

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    Soo good~! Read More

    Wine review by cityofangels


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