Liquid indigeneity: Wine, science, and colonial politics in Israel/Palestine

Daniel Monterescu, Ariel Handel

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Israel/Palestine is a site of bitter struggle over definitions of indigeneity and settlerness. In 2008 the first Palestinian “indigenous wine” was released, introducing a discourse of primordial place-based authenticity into the wine field. Today, winemakers, scientists, autochthonous grapes, and native wines reconfigure the field of gastronationalism. Palestinian and Israeli wine industries can now claim exclusive historical entitlement in a global era in which terroir, that is, the idiosyncratic place, shapes economic and cultural value. Against the dominance of “international varieties,” this indigenous turn in the wine world mobilizes genetics, enology, and ancient texts to rewrite the longue durée of the Israeli/Palestinian landscape. The appropriation of the indigenous grape illustrates the power of science, craft, and taste to reconfigure the human and nonhuman politics of settler colonialism. [settler colonialism, science, gastronationalism, authenticity, wine, terroir, Israel, Palestine].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology


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