History of Israel Wines

Biblical Wine

The importance wine assumed in Judeo Christian ritual stems from the prominent position of wine in Ancient Israel. Wine is special to Jews like coffee is to Muslims and tea to Buddhists. Some even say that the Hebrew 'Yayin', maybe the root of the word 'Wine'.

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This article was written by Adam Montefiore on behalf of www.wines-israel.com

A History of Grape Varieties in Israel

Although Israel has a long history of winemaking, the country does not have its own indigenous grape varieties. The Ottomans, when in control of Palestine, virtually only permitted the planting of vineyards designated to produce food grapes, which brought winemaking to a halt for hundreds of years. It is likely that many local grape varieties disappeared during this time. The renewal of the winemaking in Israel was in the mid 19th century and it developed into a real industry in the late 1880's. Since then and especially in the last 30 years, there has been a tremendous advance in the range of wine grape varieties planted in Israel. This article is designed to follow the story of the different varieties, using evidence from various sources and to focus on the successes & failures on the way.

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This article was written by Amos Ravid on behalf of www.wines-israel.com

The National Variety of Israel

It is an oddity that in Israel there are no indigenous wine varieties. There are indigenous food grape varieties like Dabuki or olive oil varieties like the Souri, but wine varieties - none. It is strange because in nearby countries like Cyprus, there are numerous indigenous varieties and many of the noble varieties like Shiraz and Chardonnay are said to have originated in the Middle East.

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Pre State - 1848-1948

In the Israel of the nineteenth century, a few small wineries were owned by Jews. These were small household presses catering mainly to local consumption and religious needs. The raw materials were supplied by the few Arab vineyards in the surrounding hills, particularly from Bethlehem and Hebron. The grapes were undistinguished and local with names like Hebroni, Dabuki and Zeitani. The vines had almost disappeared due to the law forbidding Moslem believers to drink alcohol. However, it was noted how well wild vines and olive trees adapted to the shallow soils of the hills and foothills, and the coarse sandy soils of the plains.

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Ancient Israel, Middle East & Eastern Mediterranean A Wine History

Somewhere on the map of the Eastern Mediterranean the art of winemaking was perfected and wine culture was established for later generations. It is a sobering thought that this area was the France or Italy of ancient times in what was a golden age of wine.

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This article was written by Adam Montefiore on behalf of www.wines-israel.com

Kosher and Proud Of It!

Lets destroy some popular misconceptions: Not all kosher wine is made in Israel and not all Israeli wine is kosher! Nowadays nearly every wine producing country in the world produces kosher wine and in Israel, just to be confusing, many of the newer, smaller wineries make non-kosher wine. However it is true to say that the majority of wine made in Israel is kosher.

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This article was written by Adam Montefiore on behalf of www.wines-israel.com