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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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Popular Wineries in Israel View all

  • Tabor Winery

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

  • Carmel Winery

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

  • Galil Mountain Winery

    The mountains of the Upper Galilee are among the highest mountains in Israel, rising to heights o...

  • 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...

  • Chateau Golan Winery

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

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Israel on Snooth

  • Noah Tevel Cabernet-Merlot 2005


    The nose on this wine is the most interesting component. I smelled a hint of grassy peatiness rounded out by rich boysenberry. The flavors on the palate were not unique, and I thought the finish awkward. Overall, not a very impressive wine. Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Noah Muscat 2005


    This deeply colored wine has a beautifully perfumed nose, redolent with honeysuckle and floral elements. On the palate it is silky and sweet with a lingering apricot finish. Well-balanced and wonderfully structured, this is a real steal for the money! Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Dalton Red Blend Upper Galilee Canaan 2006


    Fantastic wine with a splendid bouquet of fruit and vegetal matter. Lots of pepper in the mouth and a smattering of blueberries at the finish. Interesting and fun to drink - a real winner! Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Karmei Yosef Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Bravdo 2003


    Smells and tastes like the wines of the Samson region of Israel. Watch out people - Israeli winemakers have developed wines that express the unique terroir of the Shimshon region of Israel. A soft Cabernet Sauvignon with a lovely herbal and brambly nose. Delicately structured with a spicy, green peppery finish. Bravo Bravdo! Read More

    Wine review by shoshkosherwine

  • Dalton Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2004


    Had this in a wine tasting at the synagogue Friday nite. It ws crisp and full of (israeli) grapefruit. Would love it in the summer at the shore. Read More

    Wine review by mbaprof

  • Yatir Cab/Merlot/Shiraz Kosher 2003


    Very good, not much expensive wine Read More

    Wine review by reket007

  • Le Cupole Tenuta di Trinoro 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Karl

  • Yarden Galilee Mount Hermon White 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by yossieh

  • Golan Heights Golan Village Red Galil 1996


    No written review

    Wine review by yossieh

  • Ella Valley Chardonnay 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by yossieh

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