() is grape wine
produced according to Judaism
's religious law
, specifically, Jewish dietary laws
To be considered kosher, Sabbath-observant Jews must be involved in the entire winemaking
process and any ingredients used, including finings
, must be kosher.T. Goldberg ""
MSNBC, April 19th, 2004. Wine that is described as "kosher for Passover" must have been kept free from contact with grain
When kosher wine is produced, marketed and sold commercially to Orthodox Jews
, it must have the hechsher
("seal of approval") of a supervising agency or organization (such as the "OU" sign of the Orthodox Union
), or of an authoritative rabbi who is preferably also a posek
("decisor" of Jewish law) or be supervised by a beth din
("Jewish religious court of law") according to Orthodox Judaism.
In recent times, there has been an increased demand for kosher wines and a number of wine producing countries now produce a wide variety of sophisticated kosher wines under strict rabbinical
supervision, particularly in Israel
, the United States
, South Africa
, and Australia
. Two of the world's largest producers and importers of kosher wines, Kedem
, are both based in the Northeastern United States
The use of wine has a long history in Judaism, dating back to......