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Divine land
in Lebanon

For 5000 years, vineyards have been covering the hills of Lebanon. Dante referred to them in his Divina Commedia. An Eden that produces the nectar divine, and whose reputation is second to none in constant evolution.

Surface : 29 000 ha of vines, among which
2 500 ha in the plain of the Bekaa where are realized 80 % of the national production.
Production : 7 millions of bottles (2009)
Main consumer countries : United-Kingdom (30 %) and France (22 %).
Population : about thirty wineries.





Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

Texts : Béatrice Delamotte
Report : Fabienne Dupuis
except Domaine des Tourelles
and Château Kefraya
Photos : Fabienne Dupuis
and ©

 

Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

Ixsir, the exception to the rule
This young vineyard located on the western side of Mount Lebanon receives significant financial support – including that of Carlos Ghosn’s, the president of Renault-Nissan. The 66 hectares of vines (distributed between Batroun in the North, Jezzine in the South and the slopes of the Bekaa) are harvested by hand. The partners are former Lebanese and Bordeaux winemakers and research and quality are their top priorities. Ixsir wines – white, red and rosé – have garnered honors from wine competitions as well as many positive remarks from critics. Not to mention the Green Dot Award for design and ecological construction that they recently received, due to the work of architect Raëd Abellama.
www.ixsir.com.lb

 

Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

The discreet charm of Château Khoury
The name of Château Khoury is often greeted with a respectful smile. Located on the eastern foothills of Mount Lebanon at an altitude of 1300 meters, the family estate created by Raymond and Brigitte El Khoury has, since 1995, respected his love for the vines and his meticulous work. Reds and whites have thus been produced in the purest of winemaking traditions. Although young, the estate produces very promising wines. Château Khoury also produces the famous Arak Zahle, which is obtained by the triple distillation of Obeidi vines and aniseed.
www.chateaukhoury.com



Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

Musar, time and reason
Created in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, Château Musar remains to this day one of the most popular names in the region. With eighty years of expertise and a generous production, this vineyard has often occupied center stage. It is large part thanks to this place that Lebanese wine has acquired an international reputation. Gaston Hochar, the owner, has always insisted on producing wine, regardless of the country’s political situation, except for in 1976 and 1984, two years when there was no vintage. Situated at 1000m altitude in the Bekaa Valley, the wines of Château Musar are now among the “100 wines of legend,” according to Solar and some of “the best wines in the world,” as published by Minerva.
www.chateaumusar.com.lb

 

 

 

Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

The ancestral Ksara
This vineyard is the oldest in Lebanon and carries on a tradition that spans more than 5000 years. Created by the Jesuits, the field of Ksara began producing the first dry red wine from the Bekaa region. Since then, the area has become a combination of the extremes: the oldest (1857), the largest (300 hectares), the most prolific (more than 2.5 million bottles per year), and the most visited in Lebanon (with 40,000 fans each years). Strenghtened by years of experience, Château Ksara has now successfully adapted to new techniques and market requirements with the introduction of a new variety, new cultivation methods and a vine that continues to develop and become more and more complex.
www.ksara.com.lb

 

 

 

 

Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

Domaine des Tourelles, the most French of the Lebanese
Created in 1868 by a Frenchman, François-Eugène Brun, the Domaine des Tourelles is part of the winemaking history of Lebanon. Led by three generations of Bruns, the area was taken over by Nayla Kanaan Issa el-Khoury and Elie Issa in the 2000s. Made in respect of the rules established by the founder, the wines of Domaine des Tourelles now attract professionals and amateurs from around the world. And at the beginning of this year, the owner opened his own winery in the very heart of Beirut (250 Monnot Street).
DR
www.domainedestourelles.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wander around-Vineyards in Lebanon

Kefraya, “semper ultra”
Owned by the charismatic Prime Minister Druze Walid Jumblatt and Michel de Bustros, Château Kefraya has gained incredible international recognition in just half a century. Located in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, the 297 hectares of fields border hills and terraces at a medium altitude, thanks to a collosal amount of hardwork. Robert Parker, the famous American wine critic, recognizes a charm and vivacity in Kefraya wines that few major vineyards in the world can lay claim to. It makes sense when you know that the motto of the castle is “ultra semper,” or “always the best”…Even though the field found itself in the heart of the fighting. Château Kefraya now exports nearly half of its production worldwide.
www.chateaukefraya.com

 

 

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