For ABC Wednesday G is for grape leaves, stuffed and ready to go in the oven!
Elma, the new special hotel I've been telling you about, believes in the "eat locally" philosophy.
And there is certainly no lack of grape leaves in Zichron Ya'akov
After becoming the patron of the struggling pioneers who started the moshava Zichron in 1882, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild a few years later helped establish the first winery in Israel, Carmel Winery,
together with a bottling factory, in Zichron Ya'akov.
the grapevines succumbed to phylloxera, but after a brief set-back, American seedlings resistant to the parasite were grown and the winery began to
Today you can tour the active winery and see one of the huge wine
cellars that were carved into Mt. Carmel over a century ago.
This short video shows a bit of charming Zichron and the new Center for Wine Culture.
* Elma's website is a work in progress, and the hotel/arts complex itself is nearing completion and its official opening.