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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Chateau Ka (Kassatly Chtaura)

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

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • 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...

  • Chateau Ksara

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

  • Viña Caña

    Clos de Cana, Vineyard of Cana, lies at the very heart of Mount Lebanon, in Ras el Harf area, 100...

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  • 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


  • Château Ksara Red Blend 2008

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    Reminds me of a California Chard. Not bad, but not what I expected. It is actually a still wine so I don't know why they would call it blanc de blancs. Oaky. Chard/Sauv. Blanc blend. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Quasar007


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by rosalindaluna


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by lindsaylane


  • Chateau Ksara Chardonnay Bekaa Valley Lebanon 2009

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    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


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