Bekaa Valley Wine

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Bekaa Valley is the center of the Lebanese wine industry, with the majority of the country’s vineyards. Most of Lebanon is too hot and dry for quality viticulture, however the cooling effects from the Mediterranean and elevated slopes with water runoff from Mount Lebanon create a microclimate in which grapes can thrive and ripen with good balance. 
 
Lebanon itself has a long history of wine production dating back 5000 years to the ancient Phoenicians who successfully traded wine with other countries in exchange for gold and other precious commodities. Through the centuries, other empires occupied the land. In the 16th century, when the Ottomans arrived, alcohol production and consumption was limited to only the residual Christians who stayed after the Crusades and were allowed to produce sacramental wines. 
 
In 1857, with this loophole in place, Jesuit missionaries created Ksara, the country’s first commercial winery and now its largest wine producer 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...

  • Folle Blanche

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

Popular Wineries in Bekaa Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Chateau Ksara

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

  • Cave Kouroum

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

  • Clos St. Thomas

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • 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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Bekaa Valley on Snooth

  • 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


  • Chateau Kefraya les Breteches 2009

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    Awe sampled and offered Chateau Kefraya to a reputable Italian Restaurant and Bar. We rate it at 8-9 o it of 10.&9 Read More

    Wine review by Yashruti


  • 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 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


  • Chateau Kefraya Rouge 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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