Carmel Winery

+ 972 3 9488851 / 54 POB 2, 25 Hacarmel St
Rishon Le Zion, 75100
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Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. It was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux. Carmel owns the two largest wineries in Israel, at Rishon Le Zion, south of Tel Aviv and at Zichron Ya’acov, south of Haifa. Each has deep underground cellars built by Rothschild in the 19th century. Carmel Winery has 1,400 hectares (3,472 acres) of vineyards, which cover the land of Israel from the Upper Galilee in the north, to the Negev in the south. Carmel’s winemakers can therefore choose from vineyards with different terroirs from all the wine regions in Israel. Carmel has a particularly strong vineyard presence in the cooler climate Upper Galilee, from where many of the leading wines are sourced. Carmel produces 15 million bottles a year, including wines of every style and at every price point. These range from Carmel Limited Edition, the flagship of the winery, to Selected, Israel's largest selling brand.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • Brewer-Clifton is well known in Santa Barbara County and has a reputation as being one of the best houses in our area.  This Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills is the first BC wine I have tried and now I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner. At $50-$60 a bottle it's pricey but wow what a nice pinot! Strong Cherry notes now getting some gr... Read More

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  • Boutique wineries are the fulcrum of the Israeli wine industry and their ... ... in 1882 the first vines of Carmel Winery, the biggest producer of wine in Israel today. The country's network of wineries continued to grow over the next 100 years, but it wasn't until the late 20th century that small wineries started to pop up. “As Israelis began... Read More

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  • Hello fellow wine lovers! I am new to the snooth community, but am finding this platform to be a great place to research wines, as well as read helpful reviews. As an avid wine drinker, I am always interested in hearing other people's wine reviews, and I was wondering if some would help me with my search.  This year, my wife and I are hosting th... Read More

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  • That wine is, probably, not worth much.  An on-line search yielded absolutely nothing on it.  If it had much value, information could be found.  There is one report of a 1992 Emerald Bay Proprietor's Reserve Merlot in a blind tasting in 1996.  It was estimated that the retail price of that wine was $10-15.  It appears that in 2008, the name Emer... Read More

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  • I have a bottle of Emerald Bay Merlot - 1993 Proprietor's Reserve.  Does anyone know its value? Read More

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  • Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 1997

    Snoothrank:

    Enjoyed this last weekend with some friends. Bordeaux-style blend, I could definitly make out the Cab Franc marker in the wine. Smooth finish, medium acidity and just a great wine to really enjoy. Did not pair it with anything. Just enjoyed it. Highly reccomend if you can find it. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Carmel Road Monterey Chardonnay 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Surprisingly nice and silky Chardonnay especially for the price. Great value. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear


  • Bernardus Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Carmel Valley Marinus 2009

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Last week I wrote up some reviews on “value priced” Pinot Noir, and I received a few comments asking if it was worth spending a few more dollars on wines costing a bit more. It was a fair question, and one I myself had explored just a week or two early when I compared “value priced” Sauvignon Blancs with wines costing just a few dollars more. Th... Read More

    From the article $20 Pinot Noir


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