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

  • Folle Blanche

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Négrette

  • 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

  • Fakra

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

  • Solifed

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

  • Château Khoury

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

  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

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

  • Massaya

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

  • Batroun Mountains winery

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

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • 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


  • 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


  • Chateau Musar 1979

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    A little stinky on the nose and frankly a touch off-putting but this does show complexity with composty base notes and some herbal accents. In the mouth this tells a different story. Its bright and finely textured with real elegance on the palate, quite a change from the nose. This still has lovely cherry, though it is a touch dry and short, but... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar 1998

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    Gorgeous on the nose, all spicy and bright, and at point with great arrayed aromas of red fruit, all leathery, spicy, and toasty with a hint of dusty brick. On entry one finds a hint of sweetness adding to the round and open mouthfeel. This is bright enough to stay fresh and balanced in the mouth and while it is a bit rustic its also quite nuanc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar 2004

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    VA hits the nose along with obvious signs of a bit of caramel evolution on the spicy nose,. On entry this is smooth, with surprising freshness to the red fruited palate which shows a bit of boysenberry and mineral complexity on the backend. This shows good evolution of flavor on the palate but the structure, still quite firm, seems to be laggi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar 2007

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    Birch bark, sweet herbs, and hot rock aromas contribute to this unusual but appealing bouquet. Medium light weight in the mouth and rather dry and austere, this has a really fine texture and although this is young there is a nice blend of fruit and medicinal complexity that really only emerges on the finish. The plate remains young and firm wit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Hochar Pere & Fils Rouge 2009

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    Inky and high toned on the nose this offers up a bit of VA to add brightness to the nose which is all about brushy black fruit, forest floor and underbrush. Spicy and black fruited in the mouth, this is rather seamless with lovely cherry fruit and pink peppercorn notes emerging on the back end and driving through the plummy finish. Lovely stuff.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    A bit mineral on the nose this smells and tastes almost like a rose. Fruity up front, then turning lean and chalky on the back. The palate show off pretty citrusy fruit with a fine floral undertone in a soft, fairly rich, perfumed style. A blend of Viognier, Vermentino, and Chardonnay. 87pts 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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