The Golan and Galilee regions are one of five wine-producing areas in Israel today. A visit to the birthplace of Israel’s modern winemaking industry today – the Carmel Winery – offers a wider explanation of Israeli wines, their history and the plant itself, Israel’s largest. The Carmel Winery's wine tasting sessions will guide you through Israel's history as a winemaking region, mapping out its ancient methods of wine production, its ancient wine presses and distribution routes.
Established in 1882 by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, one of the foremost contributors to Israel's agricultural and industrial development, the Carmel Winery has more than seven vineyards throughout Israel’s northern region. The winery cultivates a wide range of grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Carmel wines are an international brand and are now part of the burgeoning kosher wine industry, both in Israel and abroad.
Take a break from archaeology, history and hiking and relax with a glass of wine. Enjoy the rolling slopes of the Golan Heights – offering a hint of Tuscany, uniquely seasoned with an Israeli touch. Perhaps take a wine tasting or aroma class, or a wine and food course during your time in the wine country. If you’re on a private tour to Israel, this is the perfect time to treat yourself with a stay in a boutique B&B nearby and some fine food and wine.
Kids and Grapes
Along with its wine tasting classes for adults, some of Carmel's wineries offer mini-classes for children. Children will learn about the production of red wine, the difference between kosher and non-kosher wines and what wines are used for sacramental purposes. They’ll even get to taste some wines as well – non-alcoholic ones.
* Israel Tours
* Bar / Bat