Israeli Wine Information & Statistics
For thousands of years, since the time of Noah, the land of Israel has been rich in wine grape vineyards. The modern day wine industry came about during three different periods.
The first period was the time of he First Aliyah in 1882 when Edmond Baron de Rothschild established the Carmel Winery. For one hundred years Carmel Winery had the monopoly on the kosher Israeli market.
The second period of wine industry rejuvenazation in Israel is the early 1980s when the monopoly of the Carmel Winery was broken due to the establishment of the Golan Heights Winery and Tishbi Estate Winey, which was the first family owned winery established in Israel. Margalit Winery was established in the late 1980s as a boutique non-kosher winery, which pioneered the boutique market in Israel.
The third period of the Israeli wine industry happened in the late 1990s and early 2000 when retirees, farmers, or businessman decided they wanted to start their own boutique winery. Now there are 380 wineries in Israel which break down to 35 commercial wineries and the remaining medium to boutique sized wineries.
Israeli Wine Industry Statistics
Main Varieties planted in Israel
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Emerald Riesling, Shiraz, Chardonnay
Minimal Varieties planted in Israel (just to name a few)
Viognier, Sangoviese, Melbec, Pinot Noir, Petit Syrah, Petit Verdo