About Israeli Wines
What makes Israeli wines unique?
Israel wine is often considered as "New World's Wine". However Israel has one of the oldest history of wine making. From the biblical era there were records for grape growing and wine history.
According to archaeologists, more than 2000 years ago, there was a considerable size of the wine industry in Israel. During Roman times, many vineyards were destroyed and the wine industry suffered a severe hit. Moreover, during the regime of Muslim, the wine ban was promulgated and the wine industry was all stopped. This situation lasted for over 1200 years. In ancient times, the traditional Israeli wines were strong and sweet, which are very suitable for the taste of the Israelis.
The formal start of the modern wine industry in Israel began in 1882, when Baron Edmond de Rothschild established two wineries in Israel, the Israeli wine industry got revived.
Israel is located on the Mediterranean coast. The unique Mediterranean climate is the key to brewing wine. The Mediterranean climate is the sole climatic type that rainy season and hot season are not at the same time. Therefore, the summer of Israel is hot and dry, so the water evaporates violently, which make the sugar of the grapes keep being accumulated.
In addition, the narrow land makes Israel has several different terrain areas: coastal plains, northern mountain plateau and southern desert areas. The temperature difference is also easy to make fruit sugar accumulated and increase sweetness. The main varieties of grape varieties grown in Israel are mainly international breeds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gobalt Leaf, etc., which are very abundant.
At present, there are five main vineyards in Israel: Galilee, Samson, Judean Hills, Negev and Samaria. The total area of the vineyards in Israel is about 5,500 hectares, of which more than 80% of the vineyards are located in the Samaritan, Samsun and Galileo areas.