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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Karam Winery

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

  • Chateau Ksara

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

  • Château Khoury

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

  • Cave Kouroum

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • Fakra

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

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  • Kefraya Rouge Lebanon 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by njsailorsam

  • Libanon Château Musar White Witte Wijn 2000


    Christmas day 2010 Cost $88.00 AuNose: If you did not know better, you would disregard this wine straight away. However decant the wine, wait 2 or 3 hours and the wine opens into a wine that would be hard in a blind tasting not to pick as Bordeaux.This is a fine wine. Read More

    Wine review by Michael at MAX

  • Kefraya Dame Blanche 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Melbabin

  • Clos St. Thomas Red Blend Chateau St-Thomas 2006


    Makes a nice wine for lunch on a hot day. Read More

    Wine review by Kate Steph

  • Chateau Musar Red 2003


    Nose: raspberry, cranberry, other sweet red fruits, liquorice root, spice, dried fruits/figs. Palate: Sweet raspberry and other red fruit at first, liquorice root, rosemary, some earthiness on end, complexing savouriness. Very smooth subtle tannin, medium bodied. Mod/mild acidity. Good palate length. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid

  • Edde Winery Syrah Cuvée de Sez Coteaux de Botrys 2007


    Cuvee de Sez is a Cabernet Sauvignon not a Syrah Varietal and you can find it ... Edde Winery -Edde - Batroun Lebanon under the label: Coteaux de Botrys-"Chateau des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon 2007" and it is bottled by Edde Winer Read More

    Wine review by Josiane Fayad

  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006


    WOW. If you have any doubt about Lebanon producing amazing wines, pop open a bottle of this! Earthy, spicy, bold - best after being open about 20 mins to breathe. This is wonderful on its own, but is a perfect wine to pair with food. It will not disappoint. And at the price of $12 to $15 per bottle......they're crazy. I'd pay $20. Can't w... Read More

    Wine review by BougeBoy

  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2001


    Different, sweet on the nose, teak oil, sweet ripe banana?!? Mature tannins, nice rich taste. Aftertaste is not long lasting. Perfect with lamb. Read More

    Wine review by TST

  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2001


    rustic, earthy characteristics combined with sour red cherries, cedar notes, wonderful delicate complexity. Quoted from the winemaker, "dimension is endless" Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Aquipjoe

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