The first Biblical mention of wine in the Holy Land is from Genesis 9, 20-21, where it says that Noah began to farm the Land of Israel and planted a vineyard. From that time, wine has been an important part of the Land of Israel and of all of the religious traditions that developed in the Holy Land.
The planting of vineyards and winemaking has historical significance in the building of modern day Israel. As Jews flocked to Israel beginning in the late nineteenth century and began to settle the land, the planting of vineyards was an important symbolic and agricultural development that helped whole communities build a sustainable way of life in the new Israel.
Today, as Israel continues to flourish, the proliferation of boutique wineries throughout Israel is a testament to the success of the country, the entrepreneurial nature of its people, and the wonder of the Land itself.
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