Wines of Israel

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Israel’s history of making wine is as old as history itself. Wine was part of the diet and certainly had many sacramental and ceremonial uses. They go back millennia with lots of setbacks. Romans destroying the 2nd Temple, Muslim conquests in the 7th century. More recently under Ottoman rule wine was highly restricted wines in pre-Israel Palestine.  In the 1880’s Rabbi Galin secured a permit from the Ottomans to make wine for religious use and until very recently, the vast majority of Israeli wine was sweet and sacramental. Even after Israel became a state in 1948 there was very little fine wine until the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s when Bordeaux varieties were extensively planted and fine wine from many of the wineries we know of today began. Golan Heights Winery, Galil Mountain Winery, Barkan, Recanati, all were founded in this era. The main regions in Israel today are:

  • Galil (Galilee): The northernmost region, with the Golan Heights to the east and Coastal Plains to the west.
  • Shomron (Samaria):Israel’s largest wine and most well-known traditional region, which includes the valleys south of the Carmel Mountain range and receives cooling breezes from the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Samson:The Coastal Plain, a hot and humid region southeast of Tel Aviv making up much of the Mediterranean coast.
  • Judean Hills: Contained within the Samson region, the Judean Hills region includes Jerusalem, Gush Etzion, and the Judean Foothills through the Yatir Forest.
  • Negev:The barren desert area in the south of Israel, home to innovative winemaking.

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