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Home of the actual, historical temple of Bacchus, which dates back to the middle of the 2nd century AD, the Bekaa Valley today continues to represent the center of Lebanese winemaking. Here summers are dry, nights cool and consistent rainfall provides an excellent environment for viticulture.

What today is known geographically as Lebanon, was the original home of the Phoenicians (approximately 1550 to 300 BC), who were sea-faring merchants and the first to trade wine as a commodity. Jumping to the Middle Ages (476 to 1453 AD), Lebanese wine continued to be of high value for Venice merchants, who sold it to the eager European buyers. But in 1517, when the Ottoman Empire took command in Lebanon, winemaking came to a halt. Christians were the only ones allowed to make it, and only for religious purposes.

The foundations of the modern Lebanese wine industry come from the mid-19th century Jesuit missionaries of Ksara, who introduced new varieties and production methods from the then French-dominated Algeria. Today French varieties still prevail with Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah as the main red grape varieties and Ugni blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Viognier as the main whites.

While Chateau Musar was the only producer to survive the Lebanese 15 year-long civil war, the 1990s saw an emergence of new producers such as Chateau Kefraya, Chateau Ksara and new investment from major French producers.

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  • Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge 2011  Front Label
    Massaya Gold Reserve Rouge 2011
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  • Chateau Musar Lebanon Jeune Red 2019  Front Label
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    • Chateau Musar Lebanon Hochar Pere et Fils 2019  Front Label
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      • Massaya Blanc 2020  Front Label
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        • Massaya Le Colombier Rouge 2019  Front Label
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          • Chateau Musar Lebanon Jeune Rose 2020  Front Label
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            • Chateau Musar Lebanon Jeune White 2019  Front Label
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              • Chateau Musar Lebanon Blanc 2012 Front Label
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                • Massaya Terrasses de Baalbeck 2019  Front Label
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                  • Chateau Musar Levantine De Musar 2020  Front Label
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                    • Chateau Musar Lebanon Rouge 2015  Front Label
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