Israeli wines field

Wine Enthusiast Explores Modern Mediterranean Winemaking

Published: April 27, 2020

Tracing Israel’s millennia-long history of internationally-exported fine wine production, Wine Enthusiast recently explored the Mediterranean nation’s roots, legacy, and innovations for the future. Breaking down the country’s viticultural development into three major eras—the ancient period, in which Israel was the center of the Mediterranean wine trade; the late 19th century, in which French financier Baron Edmond de Rothschild re-established Israeli vineyards using Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings from Bordeaux; and the contemporary period from the 1970’s onward which saw Israel internationally recognized for its cool climate microterroirs—Wine Enthusiast provides a vivid portrait of a diverse, ecologically-sustainable region where tradition and modernity collide to produce world-class wine from classic and native grapes alike.