Tag Archives: Syria

• Lebanon – And The Wine World – Loses Winemaking Legend

Lebanon – And The Wine World – Loses Winemaking Legend

On the last day of December, 2014, the wine world lost a legend, twenty years too soon. Serge Hochar, the second generation owner and winemaker of Lebanon’s Chateau Musar Winery died at the age of 74 while on holiday in Mexico, according to news reports that are beginning to emerge. No official statements have been […]

• Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and […]

• Wine of South Africa (WOSA) hits back in human rights row

Wine of South Africa (WOSA) hits back in human rights row

Wine of South Africa (WOSA) has condemned a “biased” investigation into human rights abuses in South African vineyards. According to the report, many workers are forced to live in pig sties, are denied access to safety equipment, while employers ignore basic labour rights. WOSA chief executive Su Birch said that while the organisation doesn’t condone […]

• Sideways in Lebanon

Sideways in Lebanon

The media promote only Hezbollah,” says my driver Nrem as he hurtles up Lebanon’s west coast, weaving with what seems like a death wish through vintage 1970s white Mercs and heavy trucks. “But there’s so much more.” There certainly is – beaches, nightlife, ski resorts, luxury hotels and, perhaps least familiar to those who only […]