Sparkling Wine in Galilee

Food in Israel

Israel is becoming increasingly well known as a foodie destination, and it’s about time! The large waves of immigration to this country from the four corners of the world have created a melting pot of culinary treats concentrated in one small space. As you wonder through the food markets it is possible to see cuisines from the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and East Asia within a few metres of each other. While for years these different styles stayed separated from each other, the leading contemporary Israeli chefs enjoy mixing and matching traditions to create exciting new Israeli recipes.

Food culture

Delving into this food culture can be a little bewildering, but at Pomegranate Travel we believe that it is an important part of any Israel tour. Don’t just come and see and listen – get involved and smell and taste! We love arranging special food tasting tours with leading chefs, specialist food historians, or foodie bloggers who will guide you through the most famous food and spice markets to the tastiest Israeli titbits and help you understand and appreciate the different flavours. And don’t worry, we can make sure that our guides take into account any dietary requirements and needs. We only ask that whatever your predilections, you come hungry!Meet the locals for a more in depth experience. We offer home hospitality with Druze, Bedouin and ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. Your hosts will prepare traditional food in their home kitchens and invite you to partake as they explain about their culture. If you would like to take some Israeli recipes home, we can even arrange cooking lessons!

Wine culture

Of course, great food deserves to be accompanied by exceptional wine. The grapevine is one of the seven Biblical native species of Israel, and this land has a strong wine making tradition. In fact, 2000 years ago the Romans exported wine from here as far away as Britain!After the Arab conquest in 638, wine production slowed (Islam does not permit alcohol) until eventually rearing grapes was officially outlawed. However, with the large waves of Jewish immigration at the end of the 19th century, there was a return to grape cultivation and wine making, as the Jews were aware of the local wine heritage and also needed wine in order to perform certain ritual ceremonies.For a long while, Israeli wines were not much to speak of (one does not restore an ancient tradition overnight!) but today they are considered among the best in the world. The Golan wines are particularly well known, but there is a plethora of large and small boutique wineries and we have hand-picked our favourites where you can enjoy a wine tasting as part of your Israel tour. From the Golan and the Galilee to the Jerusalem hills and even the Negev desert, we know all the bestwineries and will introduce you to the vintners themselves who will regale you with stories about their life’s passion.

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