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Israel's wine industry started off as something of a joke, but over the years, the wines produced in the ancient land have become prize-winning and received accolades from wine experts in such publications as Wine Spectator. Israeli wines are not just the sickly sweet. Thanks to better technologies and winemaking practices adopted from across the globe, wines are now suitable for drinking at any meal, not just Friday nights.
In Golan Heights and the Negev, there are plenty of wineries and boutique vineyards to choose from and favorite varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Israeli wines can be found in restaurants internationally, but to visit the region yourself, try booking a wine tour with Wines Across Israel or a similar tour company, as the experts can help you also find a boutique hotel outside of the major cities. Wine tours also afford the ability for personal tastings and talks with the winemakers.