02.02.2011 28.Shevat, 5771
The presence of Carignan in Israel preceded even Baron Edmond de Rothschild – but the debate over which grape is better for Israel is still going strong.
Carignan has been the backbone of the Israeli wine industry for nearly 130 years, being present since the 1880s. When the first tentative steps in viticulture were taken in 1882 by a small number of farmers in the Rishon Lezion area, they planted some local Arab varieties but also a grape they called “Corignan.”
So the presence of Carignan in Israel preceded even the involvement of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, the founder of the modern Israel wine industry….