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

  • Cinsault

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

  • Folle Blanche

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

  • Négrette

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Lebanon

Popular Wineries in Lebanon View all

  • 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...

  • Massaya

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

  • nakad

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

  • Chateau Musar

    Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work...

  • Karam Winery

    Karam Winery, Is the tale of two brothers who grew up amid their ancestral vine estate in souther...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1995

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    I'm not going to use "wine" terms here. I had my first taste of this wine at Thanksgiving 2007 and I have never reacted to a wine this way. Best wine I've tasted and I make it a point to taste some highly recommended and rated wines. If you can get your hands on a bottle, do it. You won't regret it. Read More

    Wine review by graytheory


  • Chateau Musar Red Lebanon 1999

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    A truly idiosyncratic wine, almost verging on fortified in terms of length and aftertaste, but wonderful with the right accompaniment. Ridiculously cheap - would genuinely rate as one of the best value for money wines in the world today.. Read More

    Wine review by Magnum49


  • I was drawn to wine because I was looking for cheap flights around the world.I ... say that I'm dying to go to Lebanon, but I'll never turn down a glass of Lebanon's Chateau Musar. The concept of terroir, the now overused French term for geographical authenticity, is exactly what you get in a beautiful glass of wine. Maybe the best things in l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Around the World in a Glass


  • Château Ksara Red Blend 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Sovereign11


  • Château Ksara Red Blend 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Methuselah36


  • Château Kefraya Comte de M 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by Methuselah36


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1995

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    ....me love..... Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo29


  • Chateau Musar Red Lebanon 1999

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    I have run across some bad examples, but mostly the '99 is just wonderful. But nothing will (for me that is) ever beat the '95 Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo29


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1998

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    Bordeaux-like wine from the Bekaa valley. Ch Musar is one of the most known Lebanese wines worldwide. The color is a bit pale but do not let it deceive you. This wines packs enough punch to knock your socks off. It has a dirty earthy nose...Reminds me of blue cheese!!! Moderate on the palate, showing leather and spice and lots of black fruits an... Read More

    Wine review by Grapedigger


  • Château Kefraya Comte de M 2000

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    Best Lebanese wine I ever tasted!! The product of the majestic Bekaa valley (1000 meters elevation) that has been aged in new oak french barrels for 12 months. Good integration of tannins and black fruits accompanied by hints of oak, vanilla and pepper. For best taste, this wine should be carafed for 1 hr. Cheers, Read More

    Wine review by Grapedigger


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