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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Lebanon

Popular Wineries in Lebanon View all

  • Massaya

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

  • Solifed

    Our vineyards spread all over the Bekaa valley, a plateau of 900m of altitude soaring to 1700m. ...

  • Fakra

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

  • 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...

  • nakad

    Joseph Nakad the father of four brothers founded Nakad Winery in 1923. The winery continues to...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    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

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    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

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2011

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    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


  • Welcome, DRN!Depending on your budget, you should try to get ahold of some ... ... Musar, though that is from Lebanon. Very interesting reference point for the region.Israel obviously has a long history of viticulture, though the industry has had to restart in recent years. You could start studying before going over with some Yarden label wine... Read More

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  • Château Musar Blanc 1966

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    Intensely aromatic this is all smoky herbs and soil notes with a remarkable freshness and subtle dried citrus fruit character. Unique, complex and captivating in the mouth. This retains a bright nature to it with rapier acids supportingly gorgeously fresh honeycomb, mineral, and dried citrus pith flavors. Really so elegant and fine. Each sip ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Château Musar Blanc 1966

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar Blanc 2006

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    Smokey and stinky on the nose with real complexity but not at all fruit driven though this does show a hint of corn. In the mouth this is a bit young and unformed, showing an early touch of sweetness supporting rich, white fruits on the palate. Firm and long, theres some great chalky minerality on the finish along with some citrus note accents a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Blanc 2006

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    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar 1977

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    This is simply stunning on the nose with layers of oyster shells, earthy, wild cherry, and icy medicinal aromas and just a hint of diesel. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this shows really transparent and bright red fruits framed with nuanced earth and dried brush notes. Its elegant and a bit short but shows greater freshness than the 1979 today.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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.

    Comment by 647099BougeBoy 647099 BougeBoy


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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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