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The part of the country I call the Rothschild Region, centered around Zikhron Ya’akov and Binyamina, is the heart of Israel’s modern wine industry. In the late 1800s the Baron Edmond de Rothschild (“The Benefactor”) began importing French rootstock to establish vineyards in this region, and in 1882 he founded Carmel Mizrachi, Israel’s first and largest winery.
If ever there was a place in Israel for a wine festival, this is it. Hundreds of dunams of vineyards, including some of Israel’s oldest and most established, produce over a dozen varieties of grapes in and around the towns and agricultural settlements founded by the Baron. Three of Israel’s largest and most important wineries (Carmel, Tishbi, and Binyamina) and countless boutique wineries are here.
Yet for some reason, there are wonderful wine festivals in the Judean Hills, in the Galil, in the Golan, in Tel-Aviv, in Jerusalem, but none here. Read more…