Israel Israel is located in the Middle East on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and considered to be the historic birthplace of wine as referenced in the Torah and Old Testament. Although much of their traction in winemaking was lost during the years of Islamic rule, there are many young winemakers with their eye toward the future and making pristine wine. Israel has a temperate, Mediterranean climate with hot sunny days and cool nights combined with a variety of soils making this a thriving wine region. You may have heard of Kosher wine, so It is important to note that Kosher wine is made in the same method as traditional winemaking, and can be just as delicious! The country is producing wine from all of the major grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Keep an eye out for these five main wine regions: Galilee, Shomron, Samson, Judean Hills, and Negev.