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Israeli Wines

Israeli wine is produced by hundreds of wineries, ranging in size from small boutique enterprises to large companies producing over ten million bottles per year. Wine has been produced in the land of Israel since biblical times. In 2011, Israeli wine exports totaled over $26.7 million.

The modern Israeli wine industry was founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, owner of the Bordeaux estate Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.

Today, Israeli winemaking takes place in five vine-growing regions:

Galil (Galilee, including the Golan Heights), the region most suited for viticulture due to its high elevation, cool breezes, marked day and night temperature changes and rich, well-drained soils.

The Judean Hills, surrounding the city of Jerusalem

Shimshon (Samson), located between the Judean Hills and the Coastal Plain.

The Negev, a semi-arid desert region, where drip irrigation has made grape growing possible

And the Sharon Plain near the Mediterranean coast and just south of Haifa, surrounding the towns of Zichron Ya’akov and Binyamina, which is the largest grape growing area in Israel.

Israel has a distinctly Mediterranean climate, with the country located along roughly the same latitude as San Diego. The primary seasons are - a hot, humid summer season running from April to October with very little precipitation and a cold, rainy winter season from late October to March.

The wine industry was almost non-existent in Israel for many years, with little or no investment, but the past twenty years have heralded a significant change in path. In the late eighties there were only a couple of wineries in Israel, making mostly boiled wines for sacramental use. That is part of the reason why wines from Israel are mistakenly considered to be boiled wines and Israel is not yet considered and recognised to be a wine region as many other countries are. Over the last twenty years, the Israeli wine industry has grown tremendously and today there are around 35 commercial wineries in Israel, and over 250 boutique wineries producing some wines of stunning quality.

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