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A peaceful walk in the woods

September 16, 2014 | Latest Photo Prev Next
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Shades of green cover the forest floor in the dappled sunlight of towering trees in this exceptionally shady part of Ramot Naftali, an agricultural commune in Upper Galilee. Literally meaning "hills of Naftali," this lush area is surrounded by mountains, in the fertile Qedesh Valley. Apple trees and peach trees dot the landscape, beside vineyards that produce red wine for wineries throughout Israel. Ramot Naftali has a winery of its own that produces reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec, Barbera, Petit Verdot, and a varietal blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvinon called "Duet." 

Spanning 3,700 acres, the valley has more than just agricultural potential, but the potential to look back in time — excavations by the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota in the region have found wine storage rooms and even ancient coins in the area. 

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