Wine lovers across Israel will have a chance to sample the country's best this week, as the annual Israeli Wine Festival returns to Jerusalem for the eighth year.
From August 15-18, dozens of well-known vintners as well as up-and-coming boutiques will spread out across the Sculpture Garden of the Israel Museum to give the public a taste of Israel's best.
The NIS 70 entrance fee grants guests a wine stem which they can fill to their hearts' content at the various stands across the venue. Enthused guests will also have the chance to purchase the wine of their choice at a discount price at the special store set up outside the event.
Participating wineries include Golan Heights, Galil Mountain, Bazelet HaGolan, Binyamina, Bravdo, Barkan, Gvaot, Gush Etzion, Grenada, Domaine Ventura, Dalton, Odem Mountain, Hebron Mountain, Tura, Teperberg 1870, Jaffa, Yatir, Luria, Mony, Segal, Agur, Pelter, Psagot, Chillag, Tzuba, Zion, Kadesh Barnea, Katlav, Recanati, Shilo, Tabor, Tishbi and more.
The festival debuted in 2003 at the height of the intifada, the brainchild of Jerusalem liquor store owners Avi Ben and Shmulik Cohen, and has since grown into the largest public wine tasting event in Israel.