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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Varietals Produced in Bekaa Valley View all

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Folle Blanche

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

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

Popular Wineries in Bekaa Valley View all

  • Chateau Musar

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Château Kefraya 2005

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    Wine review by Melbabin


  • Clos St. Thomas Red Blend Chateau St-Thomas 2006

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    Makes a nice wine for lunch on a hot day. Read More

    Wine review by Kate Steph


  • Chateau Musar Red 2003

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    Nose: raspberry, cranberry, other sweet red fruits, liquorice root, spice, dried fruits/figs. Palate: Sweet raspberry and other red fruit at first, liquorice root, rosemary, some earthiness on end, complexing savouriness. Very smooth subtle tannin, medium bodied. Mod/mild acidity. Good palate length. Read More

    Wine review by penguinoid


  • Massaya Red Blend Silver Selection 2006

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    WOW. If you have any doubt about Lebanon producing amazing wines, pop open a bottle of this! Earthy, spicy, bold - best after being open about 20 mins to breathe. This is wonderful on its own, but is a perfect wine to pair with food. It will not disappoint. And at the price of $12 to $15 per bottle......they're crazy. I'd pay $20. Can't w... Read More

    Wine review by BougeBoy


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2001

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    Different, sweet on the nose, teak oil, sweet ripe banana?!? Mature tannins, nice rich taste. Aftertaste is not long lasting. Perfect with lamb. Read More

    Wine review by TST


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 2001

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    rustic, earthy characteristics combined with sour red cherries, cedar notes, wonderful delicate complexity. Quoted from the winemaker, "dimension is endless" Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Cave Kouroum Red Blend Petit Noir 2005

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    Wine review by Aquipjoe


  • Clos St. Thomas Red Blend Chateau St-Thomas 2005

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    Wine review by elchiconico


  • Chateau Musar Chateau Musar Lebanon 1994

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    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 Red Blend Réserve du Couvent 2007

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    Wine review by David Catter


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