Enjoy a wine holiday in Lebanon
on 20/10/10 at 1:05 pmWine
Lebanon’s wine production actually dates back to biblical times, but its modern winemaking is only starting to attract attention – impressing foreign visitors with everything from bold Cabernet-Syrah blends, crisp white Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays, Grenache, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault.
For Ramzi Ghosn, winemaker at Massaya, a vineyard in the Bekaa that produces 300,000 bottles per year, learning about Lebanese wine is essential for the wine connoisseur. “If you want to learn about the history of wine, at some point you have to come here,” Ghosn says.The country’s wine industry struggled during the 15-year Lebanese civil war, from 1975-1990, but in recent years it has been growing at an impressive rate.
“The idea is catching on. In the next five years, at least 10 more producers will set themselves up,” says Michael Karam, author of the book Wines of Lebanon.“There are enough small plots of land for people to set themselves up as small producers. It fits in with Lebanon as a boutique destination.”