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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Château Khoury

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

  • Chateau Ksara

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

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  • Chateau Musar 1998

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    Gorgeous on the nose, all spicy and bright, and at point with great arrayed aromas of red fruit, all leathery, spicy, and toasty with a hint of dusty brick. On entry one finds a hint of sweetness adding to the round and open mouthfeel. This is bright enough to stay fresh and balanced in the mouth and while it is a bit rustic its also quite nuanc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar 1998

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  • Chateau Musar Hochar Pere & Fils Rouge 2009

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    Inky and high toned on the nose this offers up a bit of VA to add brightness to the nose which is all about brushy black fruit, forest floor and underbrush. Spicy and black fruited in the mouth, this is rather seamless with lovely cherry fruit and pink peppercorn notes emerging on the back end and driving through the plummy finish. Lovely stuff.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chateau Musar Hochar Pere & Fils Rouge 2009

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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