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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Lebanon

Popular Wineries in Lebanon View all

  • Chateau Kefraya sal

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

  • Massaya

    This unique Lebanese French partnership in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon triggered in 1998 the ren...

  • Batroun Mountains winery

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

  • Solifed

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

  • Clos St. Thomas

    Since the beginning of time, everyone who stepped onto the Lebanese soil has paid tribute to the ...

  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

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

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar White Bekaa Valley Lebanon 1999

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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


  • Massaya Classic Red 2009

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    Got a couple of bottles of this from a wine tasting. Cinsault is strong, giving the wine a less than blended feel. Dry. The attraction comes from the name/location. What a fun wine to serve. Creates discussion at the table. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by sfquixote


  • Massaya Rose Beka'A Valley Lebanon

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    Unique and lovely rose from Lebanon. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2007

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    Very nice wine if you like heavy tannins. We had it with lebanese food and the tannins disappeared to nice fruit with cedar and a touch of earth. Great food wine Read More

    Wine review by 1rockiesfan


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2002

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    Such a smooth, silky, beautiful wine! The blend coalesces to structured, lush fruit, elegant tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Château Kefraya les Bretèches Libanon 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


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