While we're on the topic of smaller, out of the way wine regions, I might as well post this piece about Israel, by way of NPR. Their show Day to Day did a segment earlier in the week on the boom that's underway in the Israeli wine market.
Of course, wine has been made in Israel for thousands of years before there WAS an Israel, but in the last 15 years the industry has apparently taken off, in response to a greater public appreciation and interest in wine. Israel now boasts nearly 200 wineries, and wine consumption per capita has doubled in the last 10 years (though at 7 liters per person, per year, it lags far behind the French, who each consume 56 liters per year).
This brief spot is interesting, and highlights several wineries. Check it out.
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