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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  • Syrah

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

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

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

  • nakad

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

  • Solifed

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

  • Karam Winery

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

  • 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

  • Ixsir Grande Reserve 2010

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    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

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  • 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

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  • 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


  • 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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    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar Blanc 2000

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    VA greets the nose and adds lift and power to the remarkable display of wood glue, mint, spicy florals, limestone, and honeycomb aromas. In the mouth this is all smooth, supple and integrated with a little minty spice early on the palate leading to notes of dried fruit, honeycomb, and dried yellow cherries. Good length and lovely nuance on the f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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