Carmel, Single Vineyard, Kayoumi, Riesling, 2010 - 100% Johannesburg Riesling grapes from the renowned Kayoumi vineyard situated in the Upper Galilee, this is a semi-dry wine, straw with shiny golden reflections in color. Don’t expect a German or French Riesling overflowing with mineralitly and complexity, but this is definitely a fine effort from Carmel! On the nose and palate, generous tropical
By Yonatan Sternberg
About Carmel Kayoumi
Kayoumi is part of Carmel winery. Carmel Winery is the historic winery of Israel. In 1882, sixty-four families came from Romania and settled in what is now the town of Zichron Yaakov. During their first few months there were a lot of hardships in the new community so they reached out to the Jewish community Worldwide to help them and Baron Edmond de Rothschild, an avid Zionist and owner of Château Lafite in Bordeaux, came to help these immigrants by establishing Carmel Mizrachi Winery. Rothschild bought plots of land and gave them to each family so they could cultivate the land and plant vineyards for the winery. The livelihood of the community was surrounded by wine and vine production. Rothschild’s vision for Carmel was that it was the hub for kosher wine for Jewish people around the world. He even opened sales offices in New York, Moscow and Paris.
Carmel Winery is not the oldest winery in Israel, but it is the most influential and largest to date. Carmel actually had the monopoly on the Israeli wine industry for 100 years until in 1983 the Golan Heights Winery was established.
Carmel Winery is a very different winery from when it was established over 120 years ago but more importantly it continues to grow with the modern trends and leads the way for the modern day Israeli wine industry. At the winery, you can see the huge tanks that hold thousands of gallons of wine and they even have some of the cement tanks from the 1930s that are still making the wine.
The story of Carmel represents the story of Israel, and the recent developments of Carmel’s wines, symbolizes the revolution of Israeli wine in recent years.