After Carmel, I turned east and headed to the northern heartland of Israeli winemaking—the Galilee region and the Golan Heights. Along the way, I visited wineries in various settings, from industrial facilities, to those stylized to match the Mediterranean feel of the land, to those in converted agricultural support buildings.
Back in contact. Sorry for the delay since my last post, but the Israelis have been keeping me busy and the internet connections been a bit sparse. In fact, I’ve been in some pretty wild places; just the other night, I was serenaded by at first jackals (the local version of coyotes) and then by their domestic cousins in a small village called Agur, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
It’s obvious there is a building boom in Israel. Since the early 1990s, nearly one million immigrants from the old Soviet Union have flooded into the country, invigorating and transforming its culture—and bringing a new appreciation for wine.
Today I’m on the road in northern Israel, staying in the hillside village of Rosh Pina in the Galilee region. Out my window to the east, I can see the broad, green plateau of the Golan Heights, home to some of Israel’s best vineyards.
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