Galilee Mountains

Galilee Mountains brands

The Galilee (Galil) is located in the northern most reach of the country, with Golan Heights to the east and the Coastal Plains to the west.

The region is (unofficially) subdivided into Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee and the Golan Heights, with the latter confidently emerging as one the most interesting New World regions of the Old World.

Lower Galilee is by far the smallest in terms of area under vine, with just a small viticultural district around Mount Tabor,

the iron-rich terra rossa soil of which bears more than a passing resemblance to that of Coonawarra.

The grape varieties most often used here are of French origin but the Gallic influence is noticeable.

Red wines have traditionally been based on such southern French classics as Carignan, Mourvedre, and Grenache but are almost inevitably moving towards more commercially attractive options including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.

The whites have followed a similar trajectory, with Semillon, Chenin Blanc and Muscat, Being supplanted by Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

The Galilee Mountains are also a fertile land for the growing of pomegranates, as masterfully used by the Rimon Winery.