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Wine has been made in Israel since Biblical times. As civilizations grew in the Middle East, Israeli wine production was a part of the commercial enterprise. But the wines were never considered top quality. Some of the earliest wines were doctored with added herbs, spices, honey, and other botanicals to make them palatable. By the Roman era, the Israeli wine that was consumed was so sweet and thick, no one knew whether to drink it, eat it, or use it as mortar. When the Muslims arrived in the land and decreed a prohibition that ended up lasting nearly 1,200 years, it’s not as though anyone was waxing nostalgic for the Israeli wine their bubbe used to make. 
It wasn’t until the late 1800s when Jews returned to the land and Baron de Rothschild established Carmel winery in what is now the Shomron region. However, the wines still had a long way to go before a more refined style was produced. When Israel was officially recognized in 1948, waves of immigrants brought with Read more »

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