Israel is a country with limited agricultural land but nonetheless continues to produce top-quality Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. Since biblical times Israel was known as a region that produced quality wine. Archeological excavations have unearthed over 20 ancient wine presses more than 2100
years old in the Jerusalem Hills. Historians have uncovered evidence that Israel exported wine throughout the Mediterranean and Asian trading routes.
Every spring the Negev desert starts to bloom, and one can experience seeing a green landscape covered with a magnificent carpet of scarlet anemones. In Hebrew the anemone is "Calanit" and derives from the word "Calla", which means “bride.”
"And when you come into the land and have planted all kinds of trees for food..."
In the Jewish calendar Tu Bishvat is marked as the New Year of trees.