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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  • Cinsault

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

  • 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...

  • Folle Blanche

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

  • 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...

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  • Chateau Kefraya sal

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

  • Clos St. Thomas

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

  • 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 ...

  • nakad

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

  • Batroun Mountains winery

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

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  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Quasar007

  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by rosalindaluna

  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006


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    Wine review by lindsaylane

  • Chateau Ksara Chardonnay Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2009


    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


    No written review

    Wine review by Aquipjoe

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


    best wine ever Read More

    Wine review by bobsamaha

  • Chateau Musar White Blend Blanc 2001


    We drank this in 2011.The color of this wine is deep and a beautiful gold. The nose is crazy complex and a bit of a head scratcher. There's a bit of oxidation (but way less than I expected) and baked apples and a little nuttiness. What is puzzling is an almost menthol note on the nose that cuts right through the richness. Puzzling.On the palate ... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Ksara Prieure Red 2008


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    Wine review by chooki666

  • Château Ksara Red Blend Réserve du Couvent 2010


    My girlfriend brought some of this wine directly from Lebanon. This is a deep red with full body and oak tannins that leaves no lingering afterthoughts on the palate. So far this is my favorite red I have tried! Read More

    Wine review by clinta

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