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Monday, May 19, 2008

Israel's Wine Revolution: Part I

Israel, that tiny Middle Eastern nation, is celebrating its 60th birthday as a democratic nation. A little known fact is that Israel produces wines. Let's follow a bit of history to see another entirely different Israel--one that you have never experienced.

History of Israeli Wine Making

It is said that the Middle East and East Mediterranean was the cradle of wine production. The ancient land of Canaan was, indeed, one of the earlies countries to develop viniculture 2,000 years before wine got to Europe!

Recent archaelogical expeditions to the area seem to support this historical theory. Scientists have found ancient wine presses as well as storage vessels that show that a well-developed wine industry existed there. Old coins and jars have been found with wine type designs.

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