Carmel Winery is a vineyard and winery that was established in the year 1882 in Israel by Edmond James de Rothschild. The winery extends to a total of 1,400 hectares from the land of Israel to the north of Galilee’s upper area, to the south of Negev. The winery produces chiefly wine, spirits, brandy and juice. In addition, it is also the main producer of kosher wine in the world. The company has exported products to over 40 countries. Carmel Winery owns two of the major wineries found in Israel. The Rishon LeZion, which is located in the city of Rishon Le Zion, and the Zichron Yaakov, which is situated in the south of Haifa. During the 19th century, Rothschild built deep underground cellars on the wineries.
The association of the Vine-growers Union, which sums up to 75% and the Jewish Agency for Israel with 25%, owns Carmel winery. Societe Cooperative Vigneronne des Grandes Caves Rishon Le Zion and Zichron Yaakov Ltd. are the parent company of Carmel Winery.
The company owns two largest wineries in Israel and three new boutique wineries. These include Rishon Le Zion Winery, Yatir Winery, Ramat Dalton Winery and Zichron Yaakov Winery.
Zichron Yaakov Winery is Carmel’s second winery in Zichron Yaakov built in 1892. Its main purpose is for production of wine and blending of olive oil. This is considered as the largest winery in Israel in terms of grapes gathered during harvest time.
Approximately, 25-30 million bottles per year is the total amount that Carmel Winery produces. The company gets $5 million from other countries through export.
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