Lebanese wines have a long and proud history stretching back to the 5th century BC, when the Phoenicians – an ancient Semitic-speaking people – gathered grapes and made them into wine. During the Roman era, there was an explosion of winemaking in this region, with vast plantings of vineyards that supplied wine to even the furthest reaches of the empire.
Today, Lebanese wines are known for their quality and flavor profiles. The country is home to a wide range of grape varietals – such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah for reds and Viognier and Chardonnay for whites – as well as some local varieties like Mourvedre and Homsi. These grapes thrive in Lebanon’s unique climate – producing terroir-driven wines with vibrant flavors and aromas.
Lebanese wines are rising in prominence around the world due to their richness, complexity, quality and affordability.