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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  • 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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