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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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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  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir 2009

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    Rich Pinot, dark red fruit, supple raspberry/cherry. Velvety & an eternal finish. Paired with Ahi Poke. Read More

    Wine review by Carlo182


  • Carmel Winery Gewurztraminer Sha'Al Vineyard Israel Kosher 2005

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    good Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • It’s the holiday season and everyone is recommending Pinot Noir again. What is it with folks, do they just like to take the path of least resistance? Will there come a day when Pinot is not the end all of holiday wine recommendations? Probably not. Lambrusco and Blaufrankisch have a whole set of issues that will prevent them from ever garnering ... Read More

    From the article Top Pinot Noir Picks


  • Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir 2010

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    This smells a touch heavy with plums and forest floor aromas on the nose with a light dandelion green top note. A bit chunky in the mouth, this also seems a bit soft, which may make it appear sweeter than it is. The flavors of black cherry add complicating notes of black olive and toasted nuts on the mid-palate and then a hint of toasted marshma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Below you will find my general opinions on SCM wineries I have visited recently.  I have rated most wines I have tasted in "my wines" so you can look up specific wines by winery.   But what I really want to know is where I have missed.  I am going this weekend and want to hit Burrell school for sure...   I am afraid of Rhys and Ridge because of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Santa Cruz Mountains- review...


  • Sean Sullivan recently published and updated a list of his top 100 or so wines of 2012, with predictable results. Cayuse, Quilceda Creek, Leonetti all occupy the top 3 spots, followed by a few mid tier standards like Betz, Reynvaan, Maison Bleue, Grammercy. Well, I should say I'm just starting to get to know these names and also starting to buy ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Washington Wines - The...


  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir 2009

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    A surprisingly good wine. I'm not a huge Pinot fan, most taste to light for me, but this had a good balance and an affordable price. 88 points. Read More

    Wine review by rafogliasso


  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2011

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    Rather floral on the nose and quite perfumed. Gentle leesy edges add nuance to the core of peach and almond toned fruit that has a distinctive cherry note to it. Unusual but attractive on the nose. Medium plus-bodied in the mouth with an early rush of lemon candy that settles into a baked apple and lemon groove on the mid-palate. This has a gent... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by dannygive


  • People are not going to like what I have to say here, but that is okay, this is not a popularity contest. I do not write about wine to gather as many friends or followers as possible. I write about wine because I love wine and while I know my palate sometimes strays outside of the mainstream, so be it. I know many other people share my tastes or... Read More

    From the article The Cipher of Bordeaux Blends


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