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

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

  • Cinsault

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

  • Négrette

  • 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...

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...

  • Solifed

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • 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...

  • Fakra

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

  • Chateau Kefraya sal

    Located in the heart of Lebanon in the Bekaa Valley, Château Kefraya extends its land of 300 acre...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar Hochar Pere & Fils Rouge 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Rouge 2012

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    100% Cinsault Dusty, earthy, and a bit floral on the nose. This opens with a nice, bright hit of acid then turns a bit inky on the palate which is dry and decidedly tight showing off flashes of minerality and dusty light yet persistent tannins on the moderately long finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Rouge 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • I know of a number of people in the craft beer world who are purposely ... ... Chateau Musar over in the Lebanon seems to have been upholding that tradition even after Beaucastel cleaned up their act.So who else is going crazy with 'wild yeast' in the wine world, in ways that bring brett and other supposedly-unfavorable effects to the fore in ... Read More

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  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1994

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    Enjoyed this old Musar from 1994 on 2 March, 2014. Has been in my cellar since Jan 2004, so 10 years. This is the last bottle of four.Medium dark, slightly brown/orange on the edges. Smokey, earthy warm and a spicy nose, some fruit and still powerful. The palate is spicy with fruit, plum, herbs and perhaps tea. Overall, very balanced with smooth... Read More

    Wine review by Ruski


  • I looked at the wine list and I can't really tell what things cost because ... had it, Chateau Musar from Lebanon is a terrific wine, and pretty reasonable, although it can't really beat the comparative restaurant value of those Italians.   Actually, the Isole e Olena Chianti is not a bad deal.  While it seems pricey for Chianti, that's elite ... Read More

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  • Chateau Musar White Bekaa Valley Lebanon 1999

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  • Jeune Rouge Château Musar 2010

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    I had never even heard of Lebanese wine when I tried this at Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, VA and boy, oh boy what a surprise! This wine manages to have the aggressive tannins of a big, bad red, yet with incredibly soft, gentle flavors like blueberry and violet. Paired perfectly with gnocchi, spring peas and morel mushrooms thanks to a body that cou... Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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