The story of Carmel Winery is the story of Israel – the land of vision and realization, creating what it is today, from the void of the 19th century. In 1882, the first Israeli colonists turned to Baron Edmond de Rothschild to request his assistance. Times were hard, and many of these people, who made their lives in Israel and saw themselves as it first pioneers, had become chronically unwell with a number failing to survive. Baron Edmond de Rothschild, known during these times as the ” Benevolent Provider”, was the owner of the world famous Chateau Lafite Winery in Bordeaux. Representatives of the Baron sent to Israel to assess the growing conditions, returned with favorable reports that the climate in Israel was similar to Bordeaux, and recommended planting vineyards for the production of wine.
Gush Etzion winery
The Gush Etzion Winery story embodies the renewal of ancient Jewish traditions of agriculture and wine-making in the hills of Judea; its purpose is to turn the region into one of the most important and abundant wine regions in Israel and the world. Shraga and Tamar Rozenberg started making wine from blackberries as a hobby not long after they moved to Efrat in 1986. They soon moved on to grapes, and the hobby transformed into a very serious passion. In 1995 the Rozenbergs drew up plans to create a winery at The Gush Etzion junction, partnering with local Kibbutzim to plant vineyards. The first grapes were harvested a year later and today, over 600 dunams of vineyards are planted throughout Gush Etzion with the Winery proudly standing at its center, still run by the Rozenberg family. Meanwhile, the winery has expanded to include a restaurant, a garden and more including an archaeological exhibit teaches about ancient winemaking and its continuities with modern processes. Be sure to stop by the Visitor’s Center for its daily wine tours and tastings.
Jezreel Valley Winery
Jezreel Valley Winery is a boutique winery dedicated to true Israeli winemaking.
The sun-loving varietals and the winemaking style reflect a new world of original Israeli wine.
‘Mediterranean Approach, Israeli Art’ – MAIA – the name aptly signifies the wine producer’s approach.
All the wines produced by MAIA are blends of Mediterranean varietals. Grown under similar conditions to the more traditional wine producing countries yet there is a subtle difference: unique soil and weather conditions.
Yiannis Paraskevoulos, the pioneer of the Greek wine renaissance together with David Bar-Ilan and the viticultural expert Kostas Bakasietas have together created wines that harness the flavours and scents of the Mediterranean with a touch of Israel.
The Psagot winery was founded in the year 2003 and has been continually growing since. Today 8 different types of wine are produced, and in the year 2013 the wine bottles production was up to 200,000 bottles per year, a large part of which are exported to many countries in the world.The quality wine vineyards of the winery are rooted on a picturesque limestone terrace, 900 meters above water level in the settlement “Psagot” in Binyamin. In the year 2008 the winery moved to its new location, just a 6 minute drive from Jerusalem’s Pisgat Zeev neighborhood. The winery, which dwells in a beautiful stone structure overlooking the Kelt Wadi and the mountains of Edom, invites its visitors to enjoy great wine with a breathtaking view.
Tabor winery is situated in the heart of the fertile Galilee. Our vineyards and winery lay in the foothills of Mt. Tabor. This unique location provides an ideal climate for growing grapes, as well as different soil types. These factors, and our highly skilled and dedicated team, help to make tabor wines special; wines that exhibit the natural grape aromas and flavors. A bottle of Tabor will always enhance your gatherings and special moments.
In 2003, the Yitzhaki family fulfilled a special dream of theirs and established a winery that combines top quality wine production, alongside contribution to the community. The family chose to locate the winery on a hillside, in the northern edge of the Carmel Mountain, in a small pastoral village, Kfar Tikva, overlooking the magnificent views of the Jezreel Valley.
The Yatir region, located in the southern tip of the Judean Hills, has a rich and fascinating history of wine production. Passersby and onlookers can view the extensive and impressive wine press, a testament to a developed wine industry of over 2500 years, dating back to the first reign of the kings of Judah. A large center of Jewish settlement existed in this region between the periods of the destruction of the Second Temple to the inception of the Islamic period. The livelihood of these early farmers was based mostly on growing and processing grapes and olives. The region was known as one of the finest for growing vines for the purpose of winemaking and from this very region wines were later exported to Egypt, Rome and across Israel.