People have been growing grapes and making wine in the Bekaa Valley for millennia. “There was an uninterrupted wine culture in Lebanon even before the Jesuits [revitalized winemaking] in 1857,” says Michael Karam, the Lebanese-British author of Lebanese Wines. The Jesuits’ “game changer was that they made a dry wine” and “laid the foundations of the modern wine industry. Then, with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the arrival of the French, things really began to motor,” he adds.
But long before the Jesuits, the Phoenicians, a seafaring people who lived on the Levantine coast in ancient times, made and traded wine all around the Mediterranean. Locals kept making wine under the Hellenic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman, and Byzantine rulers that passed through Lebanon during the next couple thousand years.
For well over 1000 years, Phoenician traders consistently extended their influence from their homelands (modern-day Lebanon, western Syria and northern Israel) along the north coast of Africa and up into southern Europe – notably Sardinia, Sicily, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. … read more
Serge Hochar, the Brave Knight of Lebanon. Chateau Musar’s Serge Hochar’s ancestors came to Lebanon as Crusaders. Today, his naturally made wines are recognized among the world’s best. Source: Serge Hochar, the Brave Knight of Lebanon | Wine News & … read more
With one of the most beautiful and diverse terrains in the Middle East, Lebanon offers a variety of different recreational activities. From skydiving and paragliding to jet skiing and hiking, we’re sure nature lovers won’t find a shortage of things … read more
Lucy Knight from wsj.com wrote about activities which can be done in Lebanon even if the US State Department currently advises against traveling to Lebanon. Cycle through ancient wine country, sit down at a Beirut couple’s table for a home-cooked … read more
The irony is that when the decadent high society of Beirut drink their expensive drops of wine, spending a fortune on European made fashion clothes, the people that actually pics the grapes that makes this wine can out fashion them … read more
صانعو النبيذ في بلجيكا وفرنسا يتنافسون على النبيذ الزهري وصناعته. أندرو كاتشبول من جريدة الغارديان البريطانية كتب تقريراً عن الموضوع، ذكر فيه انّ جذور صناعة النبيذ في فرنسا تعود الى 26 قرناً عندما جلبها الفينيقيون معهم الى فرنسا. “But quality … read more