The secret is out, Israeli wine & food has become a hit across the globe, expanding its influence and fusing with other cuisines to create vibrant and exciting eating & drinking experiences.
Our tour guides will help you experience the authentic roots of this time-honoured cuisine, and explore the history behind each bite & sip.
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For many, Israel wouldn’t be the first option that comes to mind regarding wine tours and a top wine destination. The truth, however, is that not only is Israeli wine basking in uniqueness, but the Israeli wineries offer some of the best wine experiences. For anyone looking for a new wine destination, the Israel wine tours are an unforgettable experience that offers insight into this unknown wine region.
The wines of Israel
Middle Eastern wine has come along for centuries, with the first reference to wine found in Biblical times. So, countries like Israel, has some of the oldest and richest wine histories, making it the ideal country to visit for exquisite wine experiences.
Part of what sets Israeli wine apart is that there is a perfect harmony between traditional wine-making, modern technology and modern skill. This has allowed the winemakers and wineries to establish an unfounded blend of new and old. With that, the climate of Israel has also seen that the region is able to produce both old-world and new-world styles of wine, making it a diverse and intricate region.
What many individuals don’t know, is that the wineries of Israel produce about 14 million bottles of wine a year. This is no small-scale region, but a top wine destination and an invaluable player of the wine world. The range of climates and the fact that most of these vineyards are elevated thousands of meters above sea level means that the quality of grapes here are out of this world. The producers of this region have found the sweet-spot for grape-growing at elevated levels; producing the quality wines that few regions can compete with.
And if that wasn’t enough, there are over 100 native grape varieties that grow in the country. Only a handful of these varieties are used to make wine, and Israel wines are often produced from more common varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This variety in grapes means that their wine-styles cater for just about every palate.
But don’t just take our word for it; listen to what the experts have to say. Carmel Winery in Israel received the main trophy at the Decanter World Wine Awards - beating all the traditional wine regions and producers of the world.
Golan Heights Winery, another great Israeli winery, also received the prestigious Star Awards from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine, as the New World Winery of the Year.
Which means that even the professionals agree, that the Israeli wines are top of the range!
Visiting the region
But it isn’t just the history and the quality of wine Israel that sets it apart. The actual Israel tours of the wineries and vineyards are experiences like no other. To truly understand this top wine destination, a winery tour will offer the ultimate experience. With over 300 wineries spread out all over this small country, the options for excellent tastings are almost endless. The Israel tours offer several touring options that take you to some of the very best Israeli wineries. These tours are designed in a way, to showcase what Middle Eastern wines are really about; and what Israel wine has achieved in the last few decades.
In the last thirty years, over 200 wineries have been established, most of them consisting of boutique, intimate settings. These wineries are the ones that offer the greatest experience. When tasting wine at these small, Israeli wineries, you truly get the true sense of the country, their wine and how it all fits together.
If visiting the wineries weren’t spectacular enough, the range of climate that Israel experiences, means that you are able to ski on the highest mountain in Israel, and take a swim in the Dead Sea, all in one day. What does that mean? You can experience the highest part of Israel, and the lowest part of the earth, all in a single trip. It doesn’t get more fascinating than that!
Considering Israel is a small country, touring the entire country within a few days is not impossible. This is especially great, knowing how rich their wine history is and how underrated the Middle Eastern wine can be. Skip the traditional wine destinations on your next trip and tour Israel for a wine and travel experience that you will never forget.
You use all of your senses when you drink wine!
You touch, see, smell, taste & even hear the wine when the glasses CLINK!
Israel is a vibrant country. A dynamic, modern society with thousand-year-old traditions best explored with all your senses — through its food.
There's a myriad of restaurants and eateries in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Ashdod, all with unique food offerings and styles. If something brings them all together is the smart, sophisticated, yet laid back ambiance, and delicious food snacks & spirits . Eating out in Israel is just fun!
Here are a few places and dishes to check out around Israel. With so much on offer, you’ll find it hard to make a wrong choice. For the best spots, you can always rely on your personal guide to take you on a food tour in Israel.
What’s for Breakfast?
You’ll encounter classic, hearty shakshuka breakfasts in every other eatery, but for an immersive experience, you should visit the Carmel Market. This is the largest market in Tel Aviv, which opened one hundred years ago. Traditional traders lay side to side with fashionable boutique stalls in a modernity-meets-tradition feel that encloses what Israel is today.
Follow the smell of freshly made hummus to Hummus HaCarmel; this is as traditional as hummus gets, no smoke and mirrors here. Another excellent option is Mercaz HaBureka, a small stand serving puff pastry burekas or börek, filled with anything from potatoes to eggs, for a comforting pastry.
For a kebab or a classic shakshuka, you might want to grab a seat at Bar Ochel, it’s not only great food but a fun vibe!
The Fresh Bounty of the Mediterranean Sea
Tel Aviv is known for its seafood, and the produce is incredibly fresh. Walk to the marina and choose any seafood restaurant. Really, it’s that easy. Yet, here are some of my favorite spots.
Barbunya is a type of local bean, but it’s also the name of a fabulous seafood restaurant near the Mediterranean seashore. Order the fried sardines, a tender fish filet or a gorgeous whole fried fish. Get yourself a whole bunch of mezze (small dishes), too; you won’t regret it.
Abdu the Fisherman, at Yefet Street, is a classic too. A crowded family restaurant making everything right. This is proper seafood right here. Start with a dozen different tasty salads and continue with butter prawns, calamari and whole fried fish. The hummus is excellent, too, and save room for a tasty baklava.
Jerusalem Has it All
North African influences and Mediterranean flavors infuse a strong Middle Eastern cuisine in Jerusalem for a combination you won’t find anywhere else.
Fine dining restaurants like the Modern and The Eucalyptus are once in a lifetime experiences, but you’ll find equally tasty food in many eateries around town. Machneyuda is a fun restaurant with an innovative spirit. The menu changes daily, and it’s based on what’s fresh at the Mahane Yehuda Market. Expect a crowd waiting to taste modern Israeli food is classic flavors.
For a more international feel, you don’t have to walk far from the market to find Jacko’s Street, an urban restaurant with a fun vibe. Kebabs are amazing here, and so is the eggplant carpaccio. Although modern and not entirely traditional, the ambiance is hard to beat.
For more authentic dishes, walk around to find Jerusalem bagels, shawarma, kanafeh, bourekas and some amazing hummus.
Israel is Waiting For You With Open Arms
This is just a taste of what you can expect to find in Israel. Delicious food from land and sea, modern and traditional food served in market stands, and fine dining gastro-temples.
We’re waiting for you with open arms, and we’re here to take you to the best spots in Israel. If you love food, you’ll go crazy in our country. Take a food tour through Israel and you'll see what we mean!
When visiting Israel, one of the many great things to try, are the iconic snacks. These Israelian snacks, whether hand-made or store-bought, offer a great insight into the culture and palate of the local residents and enhance the general experience of this beautiful country. One touring Israel, be sure to try any (or all) of these snacks for the ultimate experience.
Halvah, traditionally made from Tahini, is a delectable, Israeli treat. These Tahini cubes are often made in several different flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, espresso, pecan-nut, pistachio and several others. Considering the popularity of these Israeli treats, there are more flavors on the market than one can possibly imagine – and they are absolutely delicious.
Sabich is a traditional, savory pita bread that is often stuffed with aubergine and boiled egg. Other than that, it is also filled with other fresh ingredients like cucumber, hummus, onion, tahini and cabbage. It’s the perfect savory, midday snack.
Bourekas is not only an Israeli treat, but is a savory snack found in many Middle Eastern countries. These pastries are often made from either puff-pastry, phyllo dough or even potato and are often covered in different seeds. This flaky Israeli snack is often stuffed with a variety of different fillings including cheese, aubergine, spinach or mushrooms.
Although popular across the world, Falafel actually originated in the Middle East, where it is traditionally used inside pita bread. These balls, made with chickpeas or fava beans, are added to the pita bread with a variety of other fresh vegetables. These are a popular savory snack and can be found in almost every part of the country.
Whenever touring Israel, a popular snack to always make an appearance is Bamba.
Bamba is the top-selling Israeli snack and is loaded with fortified vitamins and minerals. This Israelian treat is a soft a crunchy, puffed corn snack, and is made in a sweet-and-salty peanut flavor.
The sales of Bamba has sored throughout the years, with no other snack on the market coming close to the sales of this delicious treat.
Bissli is a salty snack that looks similar to pasta and is made from wheat. This snack is popular with the locals and comes in several different flavors, including barbecue, pizza and Mexican. Apart from snacking on, Bissli is also often crushed and used as a schnitzel coating. It’s an all-rounded treat.
One of the greatest sweet treats offered by the locals is this milky, chocolate pudding. Interestingly, only five people know what this chocolate pudding recipe entails and is considered one of the greatest Israeli desserts. More recently, other flavors of Milky was also introduced, but the traditional and most loved flavor is simply chocolate.
Psek Zman has oftentimes been called the Middle-Eastern Kit Kat. Similarly, this treat is simply a cream-filled wafer, dipped in chocolate. In the last few years, however, this chocolate coating was replaced with hazelnut cream; creating quite a difference in flavor.
Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat or a savory snack, Israel won’t disappoint, with a huge variety of options to choose from. For every occasion and around every corner you will find some of the most unique and truly traditional Israeli treats!