Israeli Wines Please German Palates

West Germany’s Defense Minister Manfred Woemer likes Israeli wines. So does the Speaker of the Bundestag, Rainer Barzel, and many others among the hundreds of politicians, artists and journalists attending the summer party of the mass circulation daily Bild which featured, among other things, wines imported from the Holy Land.

Woemer, Barzel and others posed for photographers with glasses of red and white wines at the Israeli stand. For most of the guests it was their first chance to learn that Israel produces fine wines. Many used superlatives to describe the taste.

According to M. Rosenthal, manager of the Carmel wine company’s Western European sales organization, headquartered in Duesseldorf, there is a reasonably good market for Israeli wines in Europe even though many of the 10 member states of the European Economic Community produce wines.

Israeli wines have been introduced in West Germany at the equivalent of $3.00 per bottle for a good quality wine. They are available at major retail stores.

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