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

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Bekaa Valley View all

  • Karam Winery

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

  • nakad

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

  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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Bekaa Valley on Snooth

  • Chateau Musar Hochar Pere & Fils Rouge 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Rouge 2012

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    100% Cinsault Dusty, earthy, and a bit floral on the nose. This opens with a nice, bright hit of acid then turns a bit inky on the palate which is dry and decidedly tight showing off flashes of minerality and dusty light yet persistent tannins on the moderately long finish. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Rouge 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    A bit mineral on the nose this smells and tastes almost like a rose. Fruity up front, then turning lean and chalky on the back. The palate show off pretty citrusy fruit with a fine floral undertone in a soft, fairly rich, perfumed style. A blend of Viognier, Vermentino, and Chardonnay. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • 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 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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    Wine review by sfquixote


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