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Winemaking has had a long and rich history in Lebanon; it has been produced there for over 6000 years, all the way back to biblical times. Viticulture has played a huge part in the country’s history and in Jewish, Christian and Roman religions.
The country has had a turbulent past which has made things difficult for wine producers, but since the end of the Lebanese civil war in the 90s the wine production has increased dramatically and Lebanase wine is being recognised worldwide. The country produces around 10 million bottles every year, about half of which is exported all around the world for people to enjoy.
Most of Lebanon’s wine is produced in the famous Bekaa valley, home to wineries such as Château Musar and Château Ksar. The climate is mediterranean, with hot and dry summers and cool evenings, and a regular, predictable amount of rainfall. The majority of wine produced is red, with a predominantly French influence. The most popular grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Grenache whilst the whites are Clairette and Chardonnay.
Synonymous with wine in Lebanon, Musar was established way back in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, who was strongly influenced by time spent in Bordeaux and that influence still shows today in the French style of wine that is produced at the winery.
Situated about 30km north of Beirut, Musar is a family run business and is looked after by third generation Hochars. Located in the southern part of the Bekaa Valley, the winery is sheltered by the surrounding mountains and boosted by mild summers and minimal rainfall in the winter.
A good rule of thumb with food and wine pairings is that, ‘if it grows together, it goes together’. We know everyone has individual tastes but if you have a bottle of Lebanese wine and don’t know where to start, we’ve got a few delicious combination suggestions.
We all love a good fact, so next time you’re hosting a dinner party why not impress with your knowledge as well as the wines you’re serving?
You may well be interested to know that Lebanon is the spiritual home to Bacchus, the god of wine. In Bekaa Valley, you can find a huge temple dedicated to Bacchus, which is one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was also used as a stronghold for Palestinian and Syrian forces during the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s, so it’s fair to say it’s got a interesting history.
What kind of Lebanese wine does Fine Wines Direct UK offer?
We pride ourselves on our collections of wine from all across the globe, and our selection from Lebanon is no exception. We have a number of wines from the world famous Chateau Musar winery, including a delightful 2019 rose which has tangy citrus notes combined with a hint of saffron spice and rosewater. If you’re looking for a classic Lebanese red wine, Chateau Musar Red from 2014 has a dense and rich texture, with tasting notes of plums, damsons and figs. These are just a flavour of our fantastic array of wines from this country, you’re sure to find one that wets your whistle.
Hopefully now you’ve learned more about Lebanon and its bountiful wine history. We have over 100 years of experience between us in the wine industry, so you could say we know a thing or two about wine and are a fantastic place to buy Lebanese wine in the UK.
We want everyone to be able to enjoy good wine no matter their taste or budget, which is why we’ve worked so hard over the years to cultivate a glorious selection of wines from around the world. We work exclusively with wine producers and vineyard owners, building close working relationships and sourcing only the highest quality wine. You’ve come to the right place to buy Lebanese fine wines.
If you’d like further information about the kind of wines we sell and get a personal recommendation, we’d love to see you in our shop in Cardiff. Chat to a member of our friendly, expert team and they can advise on what wine would suit you best.
On top of our outstanding Lebanese wine selection, we also offer a fantastic array of Portuguese and German wines. We know how difficult it can be to choose when faced with such a diverse collection, which is why we also offer mixed cases. Our experts can curate the perfect range to suit your tastes, and you’ll discover new and exciting wines in the process.