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

  • Négrette

  • Cinsault

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

  • Folle Blanche

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Batroun Mountains winery

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

  • 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...

  • Cave Kouroum

    We at Cave Kouroum are dedicated to confirming excellence and sustaining commitment in the direct...

  • Chateau Ksara

    In the ancient vine production tradition, Lebanon owns its existence to Christian’s communities t...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Kefraya Rouge 2008

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    Tobacco and leather, nice and dry. Read More

    Wine review by jimbothigpen


  • Massaya White Blend Blanc 2009

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    In my opinion, this is one of the most consistently great bang-for-buck value wines out there. Never disappoints. Takes a little while to get going, but with some air time, beautiful things happen. Ripe raspberries and cherries, with dark chocolate and a little espresso. Balanced with some acidity so these elements never seem too heavy. Very smo... Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2001

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    Beautifull wine, soft, rounded and long tast. One of the best wines in this price range. Read More

    Wine review by Ronald Warmerdam


  • Château Ksara Red Blend 2008

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    Reminds me of a California Chard. Not bad, but not what I expected. It is actually a still wine so I don't know why they would call it blanc de blancs. Oaky. Chard/Sauv. Blanc blend. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • I recently learned that if you go to wine-searcher.com and type in a recent ... Countries, Regions):#100 - Lebanon: Ctx Musar Gaston, Bekka Valley#114 - Chile: Concha y Toro, Puente Alto#123 - Chile: Vina Alimaviva, Puente Alto#138 - Portugal: Cockburn's Vintage Port#141 - Spain: Domino de Pingus, Ribera Del Duero#150 - Piedmont: Gaja Barbares... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine-Searcher, Rankings


  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Quasar007


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by rosalindaluna


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lindsaylane


  • Chateau Ksara Chardonnay Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2009

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    Very fresh, very summery, lemonish crisp half-dry taste. Hints of Riesling. For an evening of a hot day.I'd recommend fish, or Lebanese food in general with this. A salad with pomegranate seeds will probably work excellently with this wine. I had grilled salmon and potatoes and a dash of sour cream over the salmon, and this wine was a very good ... Read More

    Wine review by chimpOfAbydos


  • Massaya Classic Bekaa Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Aquipjoe


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