Top 10 Israeli Wines
Israel has a long history of producing wine production, dating back to biblical times and continuing to, current day. Whether you’ve never set foot in the Land of Creation, or it’s been awhile you no doubt will be wowed by the diversity and affordability of 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.Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
The country has perfected the art of winemaking to compete with some of the best countries in the world including South Africa, Italy, and Spain.Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
I was invited to an Israeli Wine Tasting hosted by Israel Ministry of Tourism in Nashville at the amazing City Winery. Although you can find excellent wines easily all over Israel, the best way to get a real taste is to visit the Isreal and take a tour of a winery which is on my bucket list.
Do you know much about Israeli Wine?
I will be honest I didn’t know much about Israeli wine before the tasting and clearly, I have been missing out by only purchasing wines from what I considered to be the top wine regions in the world.
If you are not able to hop on a plane and fly across the country go to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and find if they are holding a wine tasting near you or simply go to your local spirit store and ask them if they carry wines from Israel.Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
There is nothing better than exploring wine from different regions
A wine tasting is only as great as the sommelier hosting the event and we were lucky enough to have Roni Saslove renowned winemaker and founder of Tel Aviv’s “The Tasting Room,” and she was recently featured at “Israel’s Pioneering Female Winemaker” on CNN.com.
Some of the wines we were able to experience included the following: Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
- Domaine du Castel’s 2014
- Petit Castel and 2014
- Blanc du Castel
- Somek’s 2008
- Carignan, Margalit’s 2011
- Enigma, Kishor’s 2014
- GSM, Bravdo 2012
- Landmark 2B, among others.
Top Israeli Wineries
The Kishor Winery which is located in Kibbutz Kishorit was one of my favorites because of the deep purple color and the prominent nose of red fruit and spices. The grapes at Kishor winery are all harvested by hand and must be fermented separately in stainless steel vats. At 500 meters above sea level, the Mediterranean Sea breeze shields the vineyards from Israeli’s typically hot summer days.
The Margalit Winery is family owned winery founded in 1989. The owners and winemakers of Margalit Winery specialize in Bordeaux varieties such as (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet-Franc) which are all of the red wines I love! Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
Now, that Israel is beginning to embrace wine the industry has swelled from a mere seven to more than 300 wineries. Make sure you add not only the Israeli wine to your bucket list but think about experiencing this beautiful country first hand and G Adventures offers great experiences in Israel.
Have you tasted wines from Israel? Israeli Wine / Tennessee Travel Blogger
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