The World’s Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations

Published: October 5, 2019

Naming Israel one of 2019’s top ten wine travel destinations, VinePair highlighted the country’s rising new generation of internationally-trained winemakers, its full-on embrace of cutting-edge technology, its renewed focus on native grapes, and its accessibility as a hub of tourism.

Registering at an impressive number five on the list—trumping significantly more well-known locales in Australia, Switzerland, and Greece—Israel found itself in the rarified company of Provence, Spain’s Sherry Triangle, and Chile’s Elqui Valley, signaling that the dual old- and new-world Mediterranean winemaking nation had finally arrived among the world’s best. VinePair also foregrounded some of Israel’s little-known grapes like Baladi, Marawi, Jandali, and Dabouki, key varietals to watch as the nation’s winemakers continue to develop the unique identity of Israeli wine.