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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  • Folle Blanche

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • 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 ...

  • Chateau Ksara

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

  • 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...

  • Château Khoury

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

  • Karam Winery

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

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  • Chateau Musar Chateau Musar Lebanon 1994


    Personally i thought this wine was sublime, incredibly aromatic as soon as the cork was popped and even more so when decanted and poured. Sweet and subtle baked fruit flavours give way to long lasting flavours of thyme, perfectly balanced with plenty of ooomph for it's age in its own delicate way. Wish i had some more. Read More

    Wine review by BlueManhattan

  • Château Ksara White Blend Blanc de Blancs 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by David Catter

  • Château Kefraya Casta Diva 2003


    soft, like a pillow.B.B said. i would add,smooth, mystery,clear paths,mellow with warm colors,tender,trust-able.surprising by time with new tastes.inviting in the beginning:simple but deep,little spicy,bitter in some hidden path.velvety,long way taste.Jean Samara. Read More

    Wine review by Jean Sam

  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1997


    Took one (of two) Musar 1997 from the cellar tonight. What an experience, still robust, powerful, even spicy, but now almost gentle in its long, long after taste. Well rounded, balanced. Probably close to perfect timing to enjoy now (March 2010). Read More

    Wine review by Ruski

  • Chateau Musar Rosé Blend Rosé Hochar Père & Fils 2004


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    Wine review by JStar

  • Massaya Classic Rouge 2007


    Ripe red/black fruit nose. So smooth in the mouth with leather, white pepper and a deeply savoury, slightly rubbery quality. I love its unusual savoury intensity and only pull it back a to 3 instead of 4-star because it has a touch of sweet mocha that is not to my personal taste. Read More

    Wine review by Lindy Hemsley

  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by pleonard

  • Hochar Pere et Fils Red Lebanon Eastern Mediterranean Red & White 2002


    one of the best wines I have ever had. Read More

    Wine review by pleonard

  • Massaya Silver Selection 2005


    spicy, meaty typical grenache nose, nice velvety on the palate, pleasant tannic finish Read More

    Wine review by Purplebarrel

  • Massaya Gold Reserve 2004


    spicy and aromatic nose, supple and smooth on the palate, nice well balanced finish. Typical of cinsault grown in lebanon Read More

    Wine review by Purplebarrel

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