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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  • 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...

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  • Tabor Winery

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

  • Rimon Winery

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

  • Chateau Golan Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Golan Heights Winery

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

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