JERUSALEM (Jul. 29)
The hope that the United States would go wet again and thus provide a market for the abundant and excellent Palestine wines was expressed today by High Commissioner Chancellor at the ceremonies accompanying the beginning of the grape crushing season at Rishon Le Zion, the site of the world famous wine cellars established in 1882 by Baron Edmond de Rothschild of Paris, the nester of Palestinian work.
The High Commissioner described his visit to Baron Rothschild in Paris while he (Chancellor) was en route to England in May. He said that he expressed appreciation to the Baron for the good relations existing between the Arabs and the Jewish settlers in the colonies supported by the Palestine Jewish Colonization Association (PICA).
Palestine’s wine products, which hold second place in agricultural production, are grown and bottled by the old Societe Cooperative Vigneronne of Rishon Le Zion and Zichron Jacob. The wine industry is the second oldest in Palestine. The export of wines is largely from the Rothschild vineyards. In 1922 wine exports from Palestine were valued at over $200,000. Two years ago this figure had fallen to a little more than $100,000. In 1928 over 2,500,000 litres of wine were manufactured at the Rothschild wine presses in Rishon Le Zion. In the five colonies of Rishon Le Zion, Rehoboth, Ness Ziona, Gedera and Zichron Jacob 16,421 dunams are given over to grapes.