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

  • Château Khoury

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • 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...

  • Solifed

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

  • Viña Caña

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

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar 1977

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  • 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 1979

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  • 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 1998

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  • 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 2004

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  • 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 2007

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  • 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


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