Wine in Israel

Wine in Israel

For, 3,000 years, vineyards and wine have been part of the celebration of Jewish holidays and the Sabbath. In the late 19th century the wine industry in Israel was given a boost by France’s Baron Edmond de Rothschild and by the dawn of the 21st century the production and flavor of wine in Israel had reached the highest international levels of quality. In 2008, the influential U.S. magazine, Wine Spectator, published a wide feature on wine in Israel and summed it up by affirming that “Israel’s wines are world class.”

There are more than 200 wineries in Israel – some tiny, some small, some medium, some massive – producing excellent red and white vintages and sparkling wines.

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