Israel has undergone a long and fascinating journey from its early “melting pot” days, to where it is today. When immigrants first arrived in the fledgling country, they were expected to blend in and shed off all signs of their previous culture and traditions- and assume a new, pre-defined “Israeli” identity. Years have since passed and the need for such a melting pot slowly dissipated. Today, diversity is once again celebrated and original ethnicities and cultures are displayed with pride. This process is clearly seen in Israel’s rich culinary scene, offering an unending choice of authentic restaurants and emerging unique Israeli fusion kitchens, reflecting the diversity that is Israel’s society.
In addition, Israel has more than 2500 years of wine making history. There are over 300 wineries, from boutique to large scale. Moreover, with so many different climates represented in such a small country, it is easy to go from one wine growing region to another with very little travel time. Combine this with visits to goat farms, ethnic market, diverse cooking workshops with local chefs, meals in excellent restaurants and home hospitality, and you have the recipe for an innovative and mouth watering culinary & wine tour.