Developing Modern Wine from Vines of the Bible

Agriculture/Environmental Sciences

Dr. Elyashiv Drori, Prof. Ehud Weiss, Dr. Mali Shalmon-Dibon, Dr. Bat-Chen Lubin, Prof. Itshak Haviv
Yehuda, Shomron and Jordan Valley Regional Research and Development Center, Ariel University

The researchers obtained DNA from scores of vine remnants found in archeological digs in Israel and compared them with a collection of local Israeli varieties they had collected in recent years. In that way, they identified several varieties that were used for wine and were prevalent about 3,000 years ago.

This research led to the production of modern Israeli wine based on varieties that have survived since the Biblical period.