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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Varietals Produced in Lebanon View all

  • Négrette

  • Cinsault

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

  • Folle Blanche

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Lebanon

Popular Wineries in Lebanon View all

  • Viña Caña

    Clos de Cana, Vineyard of Cana, lies at the very heart of Mount Lebanon, in Ras el Harf area, 100...

  • 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...

  • Chateau Kefraya sal

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

  • Fakra

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

  • Château Khoury

    Lebanon has, through the ages, acquired a rich and complex wine history because of its geographic...

  • Batroun Mountains winery

    Batroun Mountains is a family owned & operated boutique winery located in the mountainous region ...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • I know of a number of people in the craft beer world who are purposely ... ... Chateau Musar over in the Lebanon seems to have been upholding that tradition even after Beaucastel cleaned up their act.So who else is going crazy with 'wild yeast' in the wine world, in ways that bring brett and other supposedly-unfavorable effects to the fore in ... Read More

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  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1994

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    Enjoyed this old Musar from 1994 on 2 March, 2014. Has been in my cellar since Jan 2004, so 10 years. This is the last bottle of four.Medium dark, slightly brown/orange on the edges. Smokey, earthy warm and a spicy nose, some fruit and still powerful. The palate is spicy with fruit, plum, herbs and perhaps tea. Overall, very balanced with smooth... Read More

    Wine review by Ruski


  • I looked at the wine list and I can't really tell what things cost because ... had it, Chateau Musar from Lebanon is a terrific wine, and pretty reasonable, although it can't really beat the comparative restaurant value of those Italians.   Actually, the Isole e Olena Chianti is not a bad deal.  While it seems pricey for Chianti, that's elite ... Read More

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  • Chateau Kefraya les Breteches 2009

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    Awe sampled and offered Chateau Kefraya to a reputable Italian Restaurant and Bar. We rate it at 8-9 o it of 10.&9 Read More

    Wine review by Yashruti


  • Jeune Rouge Château Musar 2010

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    I had never even heard of Lebanese wine when I tried this at Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, VA and boy, oh boy what a surprise! This wine manages to have the aggressive tannins of a big, bad red, yet with incredibly soft, gentle flavors like blueberry and violet. Paired perfectly with gnocchi, spring peas and morel mushrooms thanks to a body that cou... Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Massaya Classic Red 2009

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    Got a couple of bottles of this from a wine tasting. Cinsault is strong, giving the wine a less than blended feel. Dry. The attraction comes from the name/location. What a fun wine to serve. Creates discussion at the table. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Massaya Rose Beka'A Valley Lebanon

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    Unique and lovely rose from Lebanon. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2007

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    Very nice wine if you like heavy tannins. We had it with lebanese food and the tannins disappeared to nice fruit with cedar and a touch of earth. Great food wine Read More

    Wine review by 1rockiesfan


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2002

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    Such a smooth, silky, beautiful wine! The blend coalesces to structured, lush fruit, elegant tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • 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?

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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

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