Wines of Israel

Present in the earliest antiquity, viticulture in Israel exported poor quality wines to Egypt, Rome and Great Britain. The wines, heavy and sweet, often acetic, had to be "improved" by the addition of spices or honey. Nevertheless, Israel was a great region of the wine trade. However, the arrival of the Ottoman Empire and the Muslim...
Present in the earliest antiquity, viticulture in Israel exported poor quality wines to Egypt, Rome and Great Britain. The wines, heavy and sweet, often acetic, had to be "improved" by the addition of spices or honey. Nevertheless, Israel was a great region of the wine trade. However, the arrival of the Ottoman Empire and the Muslim conquest in the seventh century (636) abruptly halted the production of wine in Israel for nearly 12 centuries. Vineyard was revived in the late 19th century by colonists from France and Germany. Under the impetus of Baron Edmond de Rotschild , in particular, the vineyard of Israel has been developed again, on the slopes of Mount Carmel and in the coastal plain, near Tel Aviv. Wines in Israel are then more turned towards mass production, from very productive vines, whose wines are still below the quality of those that are today. Nearly a century later, the establishment of noble grape varieties in regions favorable to the development of great red wines really ensures the renewal of the wines in Israel : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah, but also the Chardonnay or Gewurztraminer appeared in the late 1970s and in the 1980s. Israel count five wine regions : - Galilee , a region well suited to the production of quality wine, due to its altitude, temperature variations between day and night and well-drained soils. - Judea around Jerusalem. - the Samso n located between the Judean mountains and the coastal plain. - Sharon plain , between the Mediterranean coast and the south of Haifa, which is the largest grape-producing region in the Hebrew state. - the Golan Heights . Initially, with the aim of boosting the trade in their wines, producers will respond to international demand by producing flexible, homogeneous and generously oaky vintages. Today a very large part of the production is truly turned towards quality, with wines elaborated with great care. Do not hesitate to discover the Israeli wines through our selection of red and white wines typical of the region of Haute Galilee. You will be conquered by their intensity and complexity.
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