Carmel Winery: Where Wine Started in Israel


Today’s exciting wine scene in Israel owes much to Carmel, the country’s first and largest winery. The first vineyard at Carmel winery was planted using French rootstock at Rishon LeZion, southeast of Jaffa, in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner of Bordeaux’s Chåteau Lafite Rothschild. Today, Carmel produces a wide range of wines, from economy to super premium in quality and price; its top of the line wines are world class. Under Chief Winemaker Lior Lacser, formerly with Michel Roland’s Chåteau Bon Pasteur, the French influence continues at Carmel. Our tasting notes on these wines are reported below. We earlier reviewed the wines of one of Israel’s outstanding boutique wineries, Yatir, also owned by Carmel.

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