From the Temple of Bacchus in Ba’albek to the fields of young green vines stretching ac the Bekaa Valley, wine making in Lebanon is as much a part of the country’s past as its present.
Known for its rich terroir and micro-climates, the craft dates back several thousand yearsand has an established place in Lebanese culture, giving Lebanon a rich wine-making history.
In modern times, wine making has witnessed a renaissance, growing from a few wineries in the late 90s to cross forty by 2011, with a current annual wine production of 8 million bottles. Lebanese wineries share a common heritage, but each has its own story to tell.
Wineries in Bekaa
Fed by the melting snow that runs off the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountains, the Bekaa Valley in the East is Lebanon’s most fertile farming area and also its most well-known wine producing region.
The terroir is marked by its own water supply, long dry summers and mild nights.
The soil in the Bekaa valley varies from limestone, to clay.