When it comes to prosperity and banking, the last name 'Rothschild' is often tossed around. The Rothschild family has been estimated to have a value of being in the high billions or even trillions of dollars. One of the family members, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, was responsible for the development of Israel’s wine industry by cultivating vineyards throughout the country. Although the production of wine in Israel has taken place since Biblical times, it was Rothschild who promoted viticulture during the 19th century by both importing grapes and growing them locally. During the late 1900’s there was only a small number of wineries in Israel, but since the start of the current millenium that number has grown immensely and hovers around 300 wineries. The wine in Israel is tasty and diverse thanks to the Mediterranean climate which allows the Israel to grow grapes ranging from cabernet sauvignon to chenin blanc to merlot. There are also some interesting native varieties like bituni (a red wine) and marawi (a white wine which has gained global recognition). Today over 80% of the domestic wine production comes from just three establishments in the country. When visiting Israel a common alcoholic beverage that will be offered is ‘Arak’, an anise-based spirit that is Israel’s national liquor. Make sure to indulge in their wine scene though as it also has a lot to offer. A vacation to Israel can produce a busy schedule because there are so many points of interest such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Western Wall, and the Dead Sea. There are numerous wineries located around many of Israel’s tourist attractions, so stopping in for a relaxing glass of vino is easily attainable.
8.884 million (2018)
22,145 sq km (8,630 sq mi)