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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Varietals Produced in Israel View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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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...

  • Dalton Winery

    The Dalton Winery is set in the beautiful green, mountainous country of the Upper Galilee, five k...

  • Saslove

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

  • Amphorae Vineyard

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

  • Tzora Vineyards

    "Excellent wine begins in the vineyard. The most important aspect of winemaking is growing qualit...

  • Galil Mountain Winery

    The mountains of the Upper Galilee are among the highest mountains in Israel, rising to heights o...

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Israel on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Wine 2500 Years Ago


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Barkan Sauvignon Blanc 2014

    Snoothrank:

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

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I really enjoyed this wine. Purchased in Israel but cannot find it in the US Read More

    Wine review by Lds116


  • Clos de Gat Merlot Har'El 2011

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    Didn't like Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Guess we could talk about Chateau Musar--where did all the cedars of Lebanon ... ... is in Asia.  So is Israel.  I'm pretty sure that Musar is the best wine made in Asia.  (Sake is technically not wine, it's beer.) My argument stands re: Europe. ;-)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • "You think that by being a locavore you are also being a tree ... is in Asia.  So is Israel.  I'm pretty sure that Musar is the best wine made in Asia.  (Sake is technically not wine, it's beer.) My argument stands re: Europe. ;-)" Musar and the Levant have much longer deforested agricultural field history--all of Europe nowhere near as long. C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Recanati Yasmin Red 2014

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    a smidgen rough but than begins to soften to the palate. a reasonable blend that I have found to be the most tasteful this pass over fest. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Barkan Classic Petite Sirah 2013

    Snoothrank:

    probably a little sour for a petit sira but still palatable as to most passover wines. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Tabor Hill Cherry

    Snoothrank:

    I was looking for a sweet wine for late evenings. I saw Tabor Hills Cherry Wine in my local grocery store and though, "If I don't like it I'm only out a few dollars." Well, let me set the story straight. This wine is fabulous! Reminds me of a wine I used to buy 40 years ago in Door County Wisconsin, but Tabor Hills Cherry has a more robust flavo... Read More

    Wine review by Fred P


  • 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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