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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Israel View all

  • Anatot Winery

    Arnon Erez and Aharon Helfgot are two close friends. For years, each made wine separately at thei...

  • Saslove

    Saslove Winery is a family boutique winery founded in 1998 by Barry Saslove, who is among the lea...

  • Rimon Winery

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

  • Carmel Winery

    Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. It was founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothsch...

  • Amphorae Vineyard

    We celebrated the beginning of the new millenium with a mission in mind and a passion in heart: t...

  • Tishbi Estate Winery

    The Tishbi family's romance with grapes and wine began in 1882 when the present generation's grea...

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  • Carmel Winery Appellation Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


    most Passover wines shall we say are rather drab or too sweet but the wine was just fine, smooth and crisp and ..... not overtly strong for a cab sab. I'm going to get more as i believe it is a well kept secret for the price. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

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  • Givon Cabernet Sauvignon Galil Dry Red 2016


    I found this bottle of wine in the £5 clearance section in my local ... and ... ... and as I had not had an Israeli wine for at least a couple of decades I decided to buy it.It is from the large concern of Barkan and is 100% cabernet sauvignon. I started it last night with my supper of roast beef.There is plenty of a blackcurrant and cherry s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Recanati Chardonnay 2014


    was a very decent, drinkable and flavorful kosher wine for Passover. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Yarden Mt Hermon Moscato 2014


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    Wine review by song7

  • His 'trade trip' didn't get many results from Japan. More an ... ... ... confidence in America by Israel and Russia the only nations where it hasn't plummeted dramatically, or been seen as a windfall opportunity for gain by rivals and enemies.  According to Aaron David Miller, vice president and Middle East programs director at the Woodrow Wil... Read More

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  • Golan Heights Winery Yarden Malbec Galilee 2013


    Dark, syrupy and rich with sticky, herbal licorice and birch bark aromas alongside black currant and cherry fruit. Intriguing and generous palate of blackberry, plum and blueberry fruit with fresh acidity and a dirty, dusty earthiness underlying the fruit and delivering chewy tannins and espresso on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Military requirements haven't changed all that much over the millenia. ... ... end, and the whole nation of Israel was about to be dragged to Babylon in chains.. Read More

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  • I've always wondered why the Levant (Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria) produces that huge-noduled couscous. Doesn't absorb flavors, sauces, the way the North African and Arabian versions do... Read More

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  • Barkan Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    most wines for Passover leave much to be desired. this cuvee proved to be enjoyable with good flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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