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Lebanon has, through the ages, acquired a rich and complex wine history because of its geographic location. The vineyard and wine-making have always had their place. Since Phoenician times, wine trade with Egypt has existed. The Romans celebrated wine by dedicating a temple to the god Bacchus; vestiges remain today in Baalbek. Looking no farther than Christian times, it can be said that the Weddings of Canaa testifies to the reputation of Lebanese wine. Chateau Khoury enjoys a privileged location on the eastern foothills of the Lebanese mountain (Mount Lebanon) at an altitude ranging between 1200 and 1300 m. It overlooks the town of Zahlé and offers a panoramic view on the Bekaa Valley. The winery and the château, a beautiful stone residence in the traditional Lebanese style, are surrounded by the vineyard. The estate is family owned and owes its existence to the passion of Raymond and Brigitte El Khoury for the vine and wine. The first wine-grape vines were planted in 1995. Vineyard acreage is currently 13 ha. Fallow land, untouched for at least fifty years, were previously planted to vines for the production of the famous Arak of Zahlé. During vineyard preparation, meaning deep plowing and levelling, old vine stocks as well as old trunks of wild vines were found. Winery construction started in 2002 and was finished in time for the first vinifications of 2004. Jean-Paul joined his parents in working on the estate in 2005, after obtaining his French national degree in oenology from the University of Reims, France. The estate is quite recent. However, the first results are particularly promising. They validate our philosophy of high quality wine production. – Description from markomkc

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