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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Israel, the biblical land of milk and honey (see canaan), lays claim to being the cradle of the world’s wine industry. In 2013 locals estimated that about 5,500 ha/13,585 acres of vineyards were producing about 260,000 hl/6.86 million gal of wine a year. (oiv figures for total vineyard area in 2011 were 9,000 ha.)


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