The south is blooming with the vines

The south is blooming with the vines

Marjeyoun; a beautiful region, a new spot for the first winery in the South of Lebanon and a new touristic location.
When Carol Khoury, the owner of the winery came back to Lebanon, she had a feeling there was something missing in the district of Marjeyoun. She realized it
was none other than everyone’s favorite: wine.
Upon her realization, she decided to fill the void she was feeling and started working relentlessly on introducing a winery to the deep South Governate of the country. Her hard work and perseverance turned her dream into reality, a reality filled with passion and love for wine and everything it takes to make a good wine.
She managed to create the first ever wine from Jdeidet Marjeyoun and les Vignes du Marje became the success it is today due to their beautiful winemaking philosophy that references an artful balance between ripeness and restraint, softness and structure. These characteristics perfectly embody their distinguished wines, one of which has won the Patrice Frank Coup de Coeur award in October 2019.
Les Vignes du Marje is a pioneer, a one-of-a-kind winery.
With a passionate, motivated owner and team; the country is blessed with new flavors from the soil of a never-before harvested land in Lebanon.
November 25, 2022
Magical like a shooting star

Magical like a shooting star

Made with pure passion, Chateau Khoury has perfected the perfect red wine. Made with the best pick (following rigorous selections) of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot; the “Perseides” is a wine that is bound to illuminate your night. Just like its name, this bottle displays light in the life of anyone enjoying a glass due to its “noble” characteristic and delicious taste.
Chateau Khoury uses innovative and modern technologies to ensure the highest quality possible and they never fail to amaze the Lebanese population with their optimal wines.
Once the grapes are harvested and the wine is made, there are usually only 6000 bottles of Perseides that are released per year and it is definitely something you want to get your hands on.
November 23, 2022
Château Heritage is one of the oldest wineries in Lebanon and remains a people’s favorite, with good reason.

Château Heritage is one of the oldest wineries in Lebanon and remains a people’s favorite, with good reason.

Now being at the hands of fourth-generation wine maker, Dr. Dargham Elias Touma, the winery is a combination of old knowledge/family secrets and novel technological mastery making the bottles the perfect combination of both modern and classical tastes.
The Touma family has poured their love and passion into wine-making and then into our glasses for over a century. They are and continue to be a symbol of authentic delicious Lebanese wine in its most beautiful forms.
Cave du Monastère St.Jean: A Story of History & Wine

Cave du Monastère St.Jean: A Story of History & Wine

On one of the many hillsides of the Metn region of Lebanon, lies the historical Cave du Monastere St Jean, in the beautiful village of Khenchara.
Today the winery is over 300 years old! Yes, you read that right, the winery is the oldest winery in Lebanon.

The monastery was established in 1696, and at the time, you couldn’t have a monastery if it didn’t produce wine. Because of wine’s liturgical aspect, monasteries were expected to produce the wine they would use in Church services, and then distribute it to the people of their town. So, when the monastery saw the light, the winery followed soon after, and was officially established in 1720!

Father Charbel Najjar spoke to us about their rich history, he told us about the agriculture revolution in the 18th century, pioneered by the priests of St. Jean’s Monastery who started producing silk and wine as a way to take care of their home and their people. He also told us about how the priests preserved their traditional winemaking techniques and skills, to maintain the identity and quality of their wines. 

In 2006 however, the winery shifted their whole approach to winemaking and transitioned into an officially modern winery, following the same sets of rules and regulations as the biggest wineries in the world.

As a result, Cave du Monastere St.Jean produces all kinds of wines from red and white, to rose and sweet. They have it all!

 What makes their wines so special?

“There are 4 main things that make a wine what it is” Father Charbel answers.
“The first is the terroir, the second is the climate, the third is the quality of the vines, and finally the techniques and vinification methods.”

As a matter of fact, Cave du Monastere St.Jean is one the very few wineries located in the Metn region of Lebanon, and for Father Charbel, that is what makes their wines so unique: their unique environment and unique terroir make for very unique wines that perfectly represent the identity of the Metn.

We had a taste of their incredible Cuvée Zakher, and were transported in time once again!
This bottle is an homage to Abdallah Zakher, who founded the first Arabic printing press during the Ottoman Empire. At that time, the Ottomans were trying to suppress Arabic culture and language, so the priests of the Monastery established the Arabic printing press as a sign of resistance. They printed hundreds of Arabic books, spanning from literature, to philosophy, science and religion.
We love wines like Cuvee Zakher: you get a taste of history as well as a taste of a fantastic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.

We also sipped on their unique Panagia, a bottle produced to commemorate the 3rd centennial of the cellar.  An ode to the Virgin Mary, Queen of All Saints, it is aged for 2 years in new oak barrels, and is a blend of Cabernet-Sauvignon and Syrah.
A few of these bottles have been made, so if you’d like to get your hands on one of them, do it now!.

They say wine tells a story, and that is true about every bottle of Cave du Monastere St Jean. Every sip tells a story, and you can get a taste too -  just click HERE.  

June 23, 2021
Domaine des Tourelles: Faouzi Issa's Playground

Domaine des Tourelles: Faouzi Issa's Playground

Domaine des Tourelles was founded in 1868 by Frenchman François-Eugène Brun whose family owned and ran the winery up until 20 years ago, when the Issa and Issa El Khoury families decided to buy the winery and preserve the family spirit transition from the old generation to the new generation.
Today, Domaine des Tourelles is run by Faouzi Issa and his sisters Johanne and Christiane alongside Emile Issa El Khoury, Faouzi’s “half-brother” as he likes to call him. They are one the youngest teams running one of the oldest wineries in Lebanon, adding a dynamic and energetic touch to the beautiful old winery.

“I came back from France in 2008, at the age of 26, with a mission to restructure the winery and make wines” Faouzi tells us, and in order to do so “You have to work on the ground”, he says, “you have to get your hands dirty”.

He described one of his fondest memories of working at Domaine Rostaing in the Cote-Rotie region of France: he actually saw M.Rostaing, himself, cleaning the soil, the floors, the tanks. Basically, doing all the arduous jobs it takes to make a winery function.
For Faouzi, that was what he wanted to achieve: He wanted to become his own boss one day.
Becoming this “entrepreneur/managing director/winemaker” he aspired to be, meant he needed to start from the ground up.
That is the lesson he took back with him and it’s a lesson that stuck.
In fact, he tells us that his first years at the winery were “very productive and promising” he says. He excitedly split his days between the ground and the office. It became a passion for him to be working hand in hand with the staff, in the soil, the vines, the tanks, discovering every part of the winery as a true winemaker should; then go back to the office, to crunch numbers and figure out ways to stay sustainable as a company.

“It became an addiction” he stated. For him, working in something you own, gives you freedom to experiment and discover with no rules or restrictions. He had strong faith in his abilities, and that’s what drove him to experiment with no rule-book to follow, just curiosity and innovation.
In fact, one of the first things he did when he took over the winery, is get younger people on board, people that could actually introduce new styles of wines, and merge the old history of the winery with modern techniques and ways of producing wines.

A perfect example of blending the old and the new would be their Vieilles Vignes wines, Faouzi’s “new old babies” as he calls them.
The Cinsault is a revolutionary wine, bringing back the 100% Cinsault produced in Lebanon 50 years ago: old vines, concrete vats, dirty winemaking, dusty wine. Straight-forward with aromas of cherry, fruits, grapefruit and spices, it’s perfect for early consumption. A very soft, very elegant, fresh and crisp wine.
We were also delighted to taste the Carignan, a very dynamic wine, bursting with fruity flavors such as strawberries and prunes. A great taste of the Mediterranean. 
“They’re a nice addition to our family”.

Passion, drive and insatiable curiosity lead Faouzi to work for more than 16 hours a day.
That is, of course, until he met his wife who introduced balance into his life. That is why today, Faouzi splits his time between the quiet, nature-friendly environment of the Beqaa Valley and the dynamic city life of Beirut. That is how he found balance: waking up between his vines and still experiencing the scene, the food and the people of his beloved city.

In the end, Domaine des Tourelles is recognized worldwide for making dusty earthy wines and a winery that is as close to nature as can be. To truly understand the philosophy and passion, one has to taste the wines, and what better way to do so than to indulge in their newest Merweh & Obeidi Vieilles Vignes that just arrived at 209?
The beautiful blend of these two grapes gives the wine a brilliant golden color. While the nose has natural aromas of ripened grapes, apple skin and a mix of spices and herbs, the palate is mineral and savory with notes of dried figs and fresh almonds on the finish.

Get your hands on it HERE.  


May 19, 2021
Latourba: It starts with the soil

Latourba: It starts with the soil

Deep in Saghbine, overlooking Lake Qaraoun in the West Beqaa, lies Latourba winery, nestled at the crossroads of the ancient wine trade that travelled from Haifa to Baalbek.
In this place once called the “wine press”, the soil tells stories of civilizations, cultures and wine. Hence the name “Latourba”: The soil.

Elie Chehwane is an engineer and former head of municipality of Saghbine. He had always wanted to create a sustainable project that would support his beloved village and create opportunities for locals to work in the area rather than commute to the city. He wanted to encourage locals to get back to source and get back to the terroir. For him, it was crucial to work with crops that would actually benefit from from the richness of the soil he was living on: “We thought of wine because, since the time of the Romans, the land here, used to be planted with grapes known for their superior quality.”

Today, he runs Latourba with his wife Christine and his family of 4 boys. The winery uses artisanal and traditional methods to produce unique wines following one concept: “Single vineyard, single variety”. Each piece of land has a story to tell and different way of expressing it.  
So, every parcel is vinified and evaluated separately, and each variety is vinified and evaluated separately.
As a boutique winery, producing mono-varietal wines helps Elie understand how each grape variety is maturing and responding to the soil every year and every season.

“Every parcel has a different grape variety, and the same parcel makes the same vintage every year, so it’s interesting to compare year after year,” says Chehwane.
If there are any corrections to be made, they are made in agriculture and never during vinification.

Everything comes down to the soil and Latourba wines are a testament to that: Their young White Cival for example, borrows its name from the white storks that fly above the valley. Their Rosé Solac paints a beautiful picture of the valley changing colors as the sun goes down; And their red Simil hints to the ancient civilizations that set foot on this land.

Their exceptional single varietals are all aged in oak and include Petit-Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. They’ve also produced the very first Lebanese sparkling wine made using traditional methods brought back from Champagne-Ardenne: Unique. 

Elie’s passion project does not stop there!
The winery was only the beginning and in 2015, he built an animal farm with cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. He now produces eggs, labneh, and a variety of artisanal cheeses, including goat cheese and terroir products.
It really is all about the “tourba” for the Chehwane family, and you should get a taste HERE.


April 27, 2021
Sept Winery: Going Back to the Roots

Sept Winery: Going Back to the Roots

Maher Harb is a young winemaker who often finds himself being a listener of the universe’s hidden stories. Sept is his personal story, a story of passion, a dream he’s had since he was a child. Becoming winemaker is an homage to his father, his land in the small village of Nahla is his father’s, even the name “Sept” is an homage to the common numerology number he shares with his father.
To truly understand Sept Winery, you have to understand the philosophy behind it.

Maher is a self-taught winemaker, he learns about wine through his travels, his feelings and his gut. He is not preoccupied with the technicalities behind the process, he is more interested in finding the best possible ways to express the identity of his terroir.
How does he do that you ask? Simple, Biodynamics.
Believing in the power of biodynamics is believing in the connection of a winemaker with his land. It is the deep understanding of the influences of the universe’s forces that express themselves through the movement of the earth, the lunar cycles, the sun and the plants. When you understand the harmony of how things work, you understand your vines, you understand your grapes, and you express who they are in the most authentic way possible, through the most authentic wine possible.

This is what you feel when tasting his exceptional Merweh: it is truly a genuine expression of the Lebanese mountains. The vines have been there for centuries, planted by Maher’s ancestors: They survived wars, illnesses, seasons and time; and Maher wouldn’t change them for the world.
He feels very fortunate to have found them, in their own natural environment, growing, living without anything other than the universe’s natural forces. If he intervenes, he’ll change their habits, change who they are, and lose their identity- That’s exactly why he won’t, and his Merweh is unique because of it.

Maher’s higher aim is to always work in harmony with nature, and it’s something that he does delicately well. Sept’s wines are all-natural terroir wines, bold and in-sync with the universe’s ways...
See for yourself HERE.
April 19, 2021
Women in the Lebanese Wine Industry

Women in the Lebanese Wine Industry

We love the month of March because it's all about celebrating women! Celebrating their beauty, their strength, their power and their light.

With that mind, we wanted to shed light on the powerful women behind our favorite Lebanese wines by asking them this simple question:

How does your personal touch translate into your wines?

Here is what they had to say: 

EVA NAIM - Chateau Qanafar
Partner and Sales & Marketing Manager
"Well for one, I have a bottle named after me: Eva, Le Viognier de Qanafar, just kidding.
I believe that every wine has a story and this story is about the people behind the wine. My brother is the wine-maker and I am the wine-seller. I love my brother's wines and when I sell the wine, I sell with passion and love. Wine brings people together and for me, real humanity is all about living life to the fullest and enjoying every sip of it! Our wines reflect this. My personal touch is about sharing our passion, wine, to the people, creating long-term friendship, uniting people and most of all, putting a smile on someone's face. Where would we be if we forget about our humanity?"

 - Latourba
Co-Founder, Partner & General Manager
"Latourba is my baby, I strive to make her brilliant in every way and closely follow every detail regarding PR, social media, marketing and others..."

 - Clos du Phoenix
Owner & General Manager
"I think that my personal touch reflects the happiness, the excellence of the wines and the team work."

 - Les Vignes du Marje
Founder & Managing Partner
"Grapes, as well as wine, are needy babies that need LOVE, PASSION and ATTENTION to grow, mature and bear fruits. My wines are the mirror of my soul."

 - Aurora Winery & Vineyards
Managing Director
"My personal touch appears in our brand language. Since I have been known to be the face and words of Aurora, I would say our voice is trustworthy, approachable, and warm. I always strived to reach our customers and build a solid relationship with them in this manner."

 - Cave Kouroum
General Manager
"As the daughter of the founder of the winery, I aspire to hold true to the roots set by my father, strong powerful wines; however as a woman I look for more nuances, strong wines but with hints of subtleties."

 - Chateau Cana
Managing Partner
"For me, wine isn't just a product. It's a holistic experience through which we touch people's lives on different occasions. Wine brings to people what we bring to it: Care, joy, excitement, boldness, passion, hope and inspiration."

 - Chateau Oumsiyat
Owner & Development Manager
"Wine production is thousands of years old, is culturally significant around the world, and represents a multi-billion dollar global industry. However, the wine industry has historically been dominated by men. As such, little is known about how many women actually work in the industry, nor what roles they might play.
Enophiles describe wines as either “feminine” or “masculine”. Wine itself has many feminine qualities. It is soft, elegant, charming and seductive. It shows finesse, pleasure and it needs great care and attention.
As passionate as I am, my contribution in this business isn’t limited to winemaking but to expend marketing as a critical role directly related to vision, mission, strategy, assembly and sales of wine products.
Also, I focused on introducing specialist skills and expertise that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the firm.
Finally and most importantly, “my obsession and ultimate goal” is our strategies and future plan to get the name of Lebanon between the international wine producers and to see Lebanese wine having a significant strong impact and international reputation."

"We are a boutique winery. Everyone does everything!"
"I have two equally important occupations in my life: wine and health therapy.
In my work as a health therapist, I am always working with my clients to bring the best out of them by constantly listening to their mind and body. Because, after all, change is our only constant.
I apply the same approach to wine. A wine is never made and done. You should always strive to make a better version by closely observing nature and applying what it has to teach us."

 - Batroun Mountains
Market Development
"At Batroun Mountains our personal touch translates into our wines through the driving force that initiated this family project, in developing a close relationship with nature, from the soil in the ground to the little blooming on the vines in spring and building on experience throughout the artistic creation of an honest organic wine itself, that driving force in what we call PASSION."

 - Chateau St. Thomas
Founders & Co-Owners

"Never underestimate the power of Women, we didn't"


 - Umami Wine


"I believe that everything takes place according to the Mother Nature, with less interventions i have been producing the Umami wines since 2016...
Can you separate an art from its artist?"
March 10, 2021
Riachi Winery & Distillery: A promise to the ancestors

Riachi Winery & Distillery: A promise to the ancestors

It all started in 1839 when Roy Riachi’s ancestors passionately built their first “khommara” to produce alcoholic beverages and sell them to the neighboring villages of Khenchara – and the rest, as they say, is history…

In fact, just by looking at the striking diversity and creativity behind the designs and bottles, one would think that it’s a young winery. However, Riachi is one of the oldest wineries and distilleries in Lebanon. Great winemakers, but also groundbreaking visionaries: when Roy’s great grandfather incorporated liquor into their production, he really was a trend-setter at the time.


Roy takes pride in having taken up on his ancestors' promise to put Lebanese wine and spirits on the map. He is today the 8th generation winemaker and master distiller at Riachi Winery & Distillery. He has amazing stories to tell about how Riachi ended up where it is today, overcoming invasions, conflicts and wars.
The key to passing the winery on from generation to generation is simple: you cannot be in it just for the love of business, you need to be in it for the love of the craft.

That’s why he never settles for the comfort of his winemaking history. Instead, he never stops finding ways to innovate: Innovation found in the techniques, in the bottles, in the storytelling, and in the overall experience. For example, Riachi’s Athryr is the first ever Lebanese single malt whiskey. Made of melted barley, harvested from the Beqaa Valley and aged in new Lebanese Oak, Athyr is Lebanese through and through. 

Today, Riachi has released Levant Highlands, their 100% Lebanese craft malt whiskey. A tribute to Mount Hermon, home to the palace of Baal, the Canaanite god of seasons and fertility, it gives off toasted notes of chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee and even vanilla, condensed milk, and confitures.

No matter what, Roy stays focused on the everlasting promise of his ancestors, that wine and spirits should only serve the purpose of bringing people together. With this in mind, Riachi Winery & Distillery maintains a steady path towards keeping the legacy untouched.

Click HERE for more.


February 22, 2021
The Sobbaghieh

The Sobbaghieh

Sobbaghieh from the word "Sabgha" meaning dye in Arabic, is a rare dark-skinned red wine grape native to Lebanon. 

It belongs to the "Tinturier" grape variety, characterized by its red-colored flesh and juice. The presence of anthocyanin pigments within the pulp of the "Tinturier" grapes is what gives them this rich crimson color and higher levels of tannins.

Traditionally, Sobbaghieh grapes were grown in the mountains of Lebanon and used in the dying of red vinegar!
As the years passed, old traditions were forgotten, so was the use of Sobbaghieh.
That is until, Dr. Fadi Gerges, founder and owner of Château Cana, decided to experiment with the grapes and make wine!

For him, everything that Mother Nature has to offer is a gift, a gift that should not be forgotten.

This is how Jardin Secret was born:
A product of pure curiosity, imagination and lots of love for the Lebanese soil.

Jardin Secret is a wonderful gem of a wine, made purely from Sobbaghieh, and aged for 6 months in used oak barrels

It is dense and deep, offering the distinct taste of "sunny grapes". 

The aromas are expressed through a burst of dark berries and a subtle taste of burnt oak and barnyard elements, like forest floor. It also has a delicate after taste of sweet spices.
A dry wine, with medium body, it has a soft finish with gentle, but still present, tannins.

Make sure you decant it for at least an hour or two!

February 18, 2021