Israeli Wine Market at a Glance

The Israeli wine industry is small compared with such wine producing countries as France, Italy and Spain, but Israel wine market is growing steadily driven by demand for kosher wines in export markets, changing local gourmet arena with Israeli public developing taste for fine wines and award-winning Israeli wines favored by internationally recognized wine connoisseurs at prestigious wine contests.

The Israeli wine market at a glance:

There are total about 15,000 acres of Israeli wine vineyards. The grape growing regions are Upper Galilee, Golan Heights, Shomron, Samson, Judean Hills and the Negev. The grape harvesting begins in the end of July and goes on until Mid-November. The main grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Syrah, Carignan, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognie, Argaman, Muscat of Alexandria and Emerald Riesling.

The average annual harvest is about 50,000 tonnes of grapes. The total annual Israeli wine production is about 40 million bottles of wine, including dry red and white wines, rose wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and fortified wines.

The average Israeli vineyard yield is about 3.3 ton of grapes per acre. The average wine yield is about 130 gallon per ton of grapes. Total annual Israeli wine production is about 24,000 ton.

The Israel Wine exports:
2010 – $23 Million
2009 – $17.8 Million
2008 – $22.7

The Israeli wine imports:
2010 – $26,3
2009 – $20,7
2008 – $21,2
2007 – $16,7

The Israeli Wine market (including local consumption of Israeli produced wine and exports, imports not accounted)
2010 – $120 Million

Israeli wine consumption is about 5.7 liter per capita.

U.S. account for about 55% of exports, EU for 35%.

Major Israeli wine wine producers and exporters:

  1. Carmel Winery – founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Carmel is the historic winery of Israel. It has existed under Turkish, British & Israeli rule and still has 50% of the local market.
  2. Barkan Wine Cellars – founded in 1990. The winery opened a modern winery at Hulda. In 2004 Barkan were purchased by Tempo, Israel’s biggest brewery (owners of Maccabee & Goldstar, importers of Heineken & agents for Pepsi Cola.)
  3. Golan Heights Winery