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A story of land and of wine

When the vine thrives in its growing environment, the soil

is inviting, the climate proper, the water abundant, the

mornings are cool and breezes caressing, then the grapes

choose to producemarvelous wine. The vine, more than any

other agricultural crop, is deeply related to its native land.

The specific location of the vineyard and the conditions of

its growing environment have a substantial effect on the

nature of the grapes and their quality and determine the

basic qualities of the outcoming wine, its aromas and taste.

For this reason, many quality wines of the world are known

and loved not by the names of their grape varieties, the

winery, or the winemaker, but by the name of the region of

origin of the grapes.

The JudeanWine Region - from Then until This Day

The Judean region has been recognized as a prime location

for growing quality grapes from the olden days, and its

wines were well known from afar. Countless historical and

archeological evidence point to a very rich past of grape

growing, winemaking and trade in the region, as early as

the late Neolithic period. Ancient winepresses and other

numerous testimonies of wine production are strewn

throughout the region. Echoes of the area as a wine region

from the beginning of time can also be found in the holy

sources, for example in the book of Genesis – included in

Jacob’s blessing to his son Judah: Genesis, Chapter 49,

11-12 “He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the

choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes

in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his

teeth whiter than milk..

Since the mid-19th century, wine-grape cultivation and the

commercial production of wine were renewed in the Land

of Israel, after fading out during the Muslim conquest, from

the seventh century onwards. With the establishment of

the state of Israel and particularly during the nineties of the

twentieth century, wine grape plantings were enlarged in

Israel as a whole, and specifically so throughout the region

of Judea.

The excellent growing conditions of the region have

turned it into a point of interest and attraction for people

who are a part of the wine scene. The number of boutique

wineries has increased extensively, and their decisive

majority is based on self-local cultivation. Additionally,

from the onset of the 21st century, vast vineyards have

been planted by major non-local wineries, which have also

recognized the potential hidden in the area. The success

and high performance of some of the local wineries has

placed the Judea region on the world wine map, and it is

well known nowadays as a quality wine region, initiating and

leading, serving as a showcase for the Israeli wine industry.

Recognition of the high quality of the Judean vineyards has

returned to consciousness and during the last decades,

local wineries have received an abundance of prizes, medals

and praise, by international wine experts and consumers.

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Astoryof landandofwine

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