Lebanese Wine

 

Lebanon can well be considered one of the cradles of wine production, dating as far back as 5000 years with the ancient Phoenicians. Through the ancient port city of Byblos, the wine was traded with Greece, Spain, Italy (Rome), and Carthage in northern Africa, and fared well in these exchanges for gold and other precious goods. Over the centuries the seeds planted in far off soils and evolving techniques from these wine trades and vineyard establishments laid the foundation for modern wine-making. 
 
Lebanon is also the setting for famous wine stories from the Bible. Once the great floods subsided, Noah is said to have planted the first vineyard. His tomb is believed to be located around Zahle, in eastern Lebanon. In southern Lebanon, the city of Cana is believed to be where Jesus turned water into wine. 
 
But while considered talented wine-makers, the Phoenicians had a weak army and were easily conquered by the Egyptians. The Assyrians followed, then Babylonians Read more »

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  • Cinsault

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Négrette

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in Lebanon 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...

  • Cave Kouroum

    We at Cave Kouroum are dedicated to confirming excellence and sustaining commitment in the direct...

  • Château Khoury

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

  • nakad

    Joseph Nakad the father of four brothers founded Nakad Winery in 1923. The winery continues to...

  • 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...

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Lebanon on Snooth

  • Château Kefraya Comte de M 2000

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    Wine review by Methuselah36


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1995

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    ....me love..... Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo29


  • Chateau Musar Red Lebanon 1999

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    I have run across some bad examples, but mostly the '99 is just wonderful. But nothing will (for me that is) ever beat the '95 Read More

    Wine review by Piccolo29


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1998

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    Bordeaux-like wine from the Bekaa valley. Ch Musar is one of the most known Lebanese wines worldwide. The color is a bit pale but do not let it deceive you. This wines packs enough punch to knock your socks off. It has a dirty earthy nose...Reminds me of blue cheese!!! Moderate on the palate, showing leather and spice and lots of black fruits an... Read More

    Wine review by Grapedigger


  • Château Kefraya Comte de M 2000

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    Best Lebanese wine I ever tasted!! The product of the majestic Bekaa valley (1000 meters elevation) that has been aged in new oak french barrels for 12 months. Good integration of tannins and black fruits accompanied by hints of oak, vanilla and pepper. For best taste, this wine should be carafed for 1 hr. Cheers, Read More

    Wine review by Grapedigger


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1996

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    chateau musar is a blend of three grapes; cabernet sauvignon, carignan and cinsault. the grapes are grown in the beekah valley, not far from where the romans built the temple of baachus.the current vintage of this wine is the 1999, but if you try, you can find vintages that date back to the 50's! usually you can find these older vintages in th... Read More

    Wine review by Magnum2


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1994

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    Chateau Musar is one of my favorite wines in the world. I have had the ... ... ... from the Beekah Vally in Lebanon, not far from where the Romans built the Temple of Baachus.Every vintage of Musar is so similar to the next, but each has it's own individual personality. The 1994 is like a misunderstood guy. He comes off strong at first, but... Read More

    Wine review by boo mahmoud


  • Chateau Musar Red Blend 1996

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    one of the very best lebanese wines Read More

    Wine review by barretta


  • Massaya Classic rouge 2004

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    Fruity nose, slightly hot nose too. Good warm mixed red fruits in the mouth. Cinsault adds some playfulness. Good. Great for the price. Good depth. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


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