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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cinsault

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

  • Folle Blanche

  • Négrette

  • 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

  • nakad

    Joseph Nakad the father of four brothers founded Nakad Winery in 1923. The winery continues to...

  • Chateau Ksara

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • Batroun Mountains winery

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

  • Fakra

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

  • Château Khoury

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

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar Chateau Musar Lebanon 1994

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    Personally i thought this wine was sublime, incredibly aromatic as soon as the cork was popped and even more so when decanted and poured. Sweet and subtle baked fruit flavours give way to long lasting flavours of thyme, perfectly balanced with plenty of ooomph for it's age in its own delicate way. Wish i had some more. Read More

    Wine review by BlueManhattan


  • Château Ksara White Blend Blanc de Blancs 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by David Catter


  • Château Kefraya Casta Diva 2003

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    soft, like a pillow.B.B said. i would add,smooth, mystery,clear paths,mellow with warm colors,tender,trust-able.surprising by time with new tastes.inviting in the beginning:simple but deep,little spicy,bitter in some hidden path.velvety,long way taste.Jean Samara. Read More

    Wine review by Jean Sam


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1997

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    Took one (of two) Musar 1997 from the cellar tonight. What an experience, still robust, powerful, even spicy, but now almost gentle in its long, long after taste. Well rounded, balanced. Probably close to perfect timing to enjoy now (March 2010). Read More

    Wine review by Ruski


  • Chateau Musar Rosé Blend Rosé Hochar Père & Fils 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by JStar


  • Massaya Classic Rouge 2007

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    Ripe red/black fruit nose. So smooth in the mouth with leather, white pepper and a deeply savoury, slightly rubbery quality. I love its unusual savoury intensity and only pull it back a to 3 instead of 4-star because it has a touch of sweet mocha that is not to my personal taste. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by pleonard


  • Hochar Pere et Fils Red Lebanon Eastern Mediterranean Red & White 2002

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    one of the best wines I have ever had. Read More

    Wine review by pleonard


  • Massaya Silver Selection 2005

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    spicy, meaty typical grenache nose, nice velvety on the palate, pleasant tannic finish Read More

    Wine review by Purplebarrel


  • Massaya Gold Reserve 2004

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    spicy and aromatic nose, supple and smooth on the palate, nice well balanced ... Typical of cinsault grown in lebano Read More

    Wine review by Purplebarrel


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