Lebanese Wine


Lebanon can well be considered one of the cradles of wine production, dating as far back as 5000 years with the ancient Phoenicians. Through the ancient port city of Byblos, the wine was traded with Greece, Spain, Italy (Rome), and Carthage in northern Africa, and fared well in these exchanges for gold and other precious goods. Over the centuries the seeds planted in far off soils and evolving techniques from these wine trades and vineyard establishments laid the foundation for modern wine-making. 
Lebanon is also the setting for famous wine stories from the Bible. Once the great floods subsided, Noah is said to have planted the first vineyard. His tomb is believed to be located around Zahle, in eastern Lebanon. In southern Lebanon, the city of Cana is believed to be where Jesus turned water into wine. 
But while considered talented wine-makers, the Phoenicians had a weak army and were easily conquered by the Egyptians. The Assyrians followed, then Babylonians Read more »

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  • Folle Blanche

    Folle blanche was the traditional grape variety of the Cognac and Armagnac regions of France. It is also known as Pic...

  • Négrette

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Chateau Ksara

    In the ancient vine production tradition, Lebanon owns its existence to Christian’s communities t...

  • Chateau Kefraya sal

    Located in the heart of Lebanon in the Bekaa Valley, Château Kefraya extends its land of 300 acre...

  • Massaya, Tanaïl Property S.A.L.

    The story of Tanaïl Property goes back to the early 70's as the Ghosn family acquired an Estate p...

  • Fakra

    Kfardebian, land of springs, is a village located in the very heart of Mount Lebanon, varying in ...

  • Massaya

    This unique Lebanese French partnership in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon triggered in 1998 the ren...

  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

    Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley is often reputed to be the birthplace of vine growing and is now the home ...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... so ... 2012 Bekka Valley, Lebanon.  That was decent.  I had a glass of the Merlot from Chateau des Landes, 2012 Lussac-St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France.  I think this was the best wine we tasted on this night.The performance of the Odyssey: from Vietnam to America was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Chateau Kefraya les Breteches 2013


    Lovely berry aromas with a nice acidic and dry finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • While looking at the NYTimes food section, I saw a piece for this book by ... (Morocco?  Lebanon?  Sure, they have winemaking but is that what you would go there for as a casual taster?) I've requested a review copy, so I'll let you know.  Probably pitch it to Snooth as an article if LP comes through Read More

    Forum post in the topic Or Maybe It's Wine Book Reviews?

  • Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by moe

  • Ixsir Grande Reserve 2010


    Had with dinner last night at Mercat Bistro. First wine from Lebanon I have had. Big body, well balanced tannins and acidity. Plum and chocolate with slate minerality, tobacco and perfume. I enjoyed it very much and will look for more wines from Lebanon. Although only available by the bottle, pretty well priced Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Thank you, Dvogler. I had suspected the other commenters might not be complete ... ... cliche, like Hungary and Lebanon. Some of the wines that I've tried are just so-so, as one would expect, but some have been exceptional.You are obviously an enthusiast as well, and have the advantage of being in wine country. What BC wines do you recommend, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013


    Cooked up some Lebanese chick pea stew so naturally had to reach for the Chateau Musar blanc (Lebanese white blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay). Not much on the nose maybe some subtle lemon cream. The palate is mainly lemon cream with a hint of anise, some nutmeg, medium acidity and a medium finish. Interesting diversion but not an e... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ixsir Grande Reserve 2010


    To be avoided, felt ill the next day although only had 2-3 glasses Read More

    Wine review by sjenner

  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people ... is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bottle is corked. I believe it's the latter since the flavor is very much in the wet cardboard arena, typical of TCA.The second wine of the evening is from France, Not too unusual, how... Read More

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  • Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011


    Aromas of berries, vanilla, spice and cedar wood, palate shows rich full dark ... sauv. Interesting wine from Lebanon, highly recommend at the price poin Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • My only exposure to wines of Lebanon is the 2006 Domaine Wardy Private Selection Red, having known nothing about Lebanese wines, I was surprised by the quality. I am still holding a bottle....for a little bit.

    Comment by 722873TL1053 722873 TL1053

  • I have something to say about: A wine from Lebanon, not well known. But very beautiful and tasty with 12% of alcohol, it comes in red, rosee or white, and it is called Vin d'Amour, they say it is from Lebanese Valley, ONLY. DOes anyone know from which Chateau, does it come from?

    Comment by 1032742Roulay 1032742 Roulay

  • Lebanese wines are powerful and racy and will blow your mind. The shame is how few are imported to the United States. It's only a matter of time before the general populus discovers these wines and drive up the prices, so get them now while they still represent a tremendous value.

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  • Well, thanks for the advise Amour. Have you read the books wines of Lebanon from Michael Karam? very interesting. Indeed most of the vineyards in the Bekaa Valley are above 900 m. But sorry to disappoint you, it does not seem that Merwahi and Obeidi are the ancestors of Chardonnay and Semillon, according to the dna tests... Furthermore, I invite...

    Comment by 317593Purplebarrel 317593 Purplebarrel

  • the nice part about wine is the scope that it covers. Indeed the subject is so diverse you can hardly master it. At the beginning wines meant Europe, then New World Wine emerged and now the new horizon is the renaissance of Ancient World Wine. This includes Lebanon, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary..The more you drink, the more you learn, the more curiou...

    Comment by 317593Purplebarrel 317593 Purplebarrel

  • A friend on SNOOTH asked my opinion on a wine from LEBANON. It was CHATEAU MUSAR 1997. As I replied, it dawned on me that we do not really appreciate LEBANON as much as it deserves. As for MUSAR.....it was founded in 1930 The vineyards are far away from the winery...some 30 miles away...some say that this has a positive impact on the wine due...

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour

  • Wine in Lebanon is going thru a renaissance. It is very exciting to discover how this wine region is regaining momentum and offering great value wines. Indeed, after the European wines, the new world wines, it is time to the Ancient world Wines

    Comment by 317593Purplebarrel 317593 Purplebarrel

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