Shimshon's history follows the same path as other Israeli wine regions, with one unique distinction: Baron Edmond de Rothschild specifically chose this area for his grape plantings. He also established Rishon Le Zion, the oldest vineyard in Israel.
The terroir of Shimshon has specific characteristics that influence grape cultivation:
Elevation and Climate: With altitudes not exceeding 262 feet and a Mediterranean climate, the region provides a stable environment for grape growth.
Precipitation: Though low, 15 inches of annual rainfall is supplemented with irrigation to nurture the vineyards.
Soil: The chalky, deep, clay loam soils contribute to the flavor profile of the grapes, supporting the growth of red and white varieties.