Ancient Winery Discovered in Israel Is ‘Largest Crusader-Era Winery Yet’

Centuries may go by, but discovering ancient wineries never gets old.  Excavations in a small western Galilean village in Israel recently revealed what local archaeologists are calling “the largest Crusader-era winery yet found” in the region, Drinks Business reported on Tuesday 08 15, 2019

In Mi’ilya, Israel, archaeologists have been working to excavate and restore a mid-12th century castle believed to have been built by King Baldwin III (the king of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1163).  The winery was found under the home of a local gas station owner, Salma Assaf.

Galilee, which is a vineyard region today, was reportedly planted with vines during the Roman and Crusader periods.  As such, the ancient winery and castle would have likely been the center of a fief, where local grape growers from neighboring villages would be required to bring their crops as rent or dues.

As for the gas station owner, Assaf has reportedly moved to a new home, and built a restaurant in his former residence.  There, patrons can view the ancient winery through glass floors, as well as visit the winery below.

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