The best wines of Lebanon

Discover the best wines of Lebanon as well as the best winemakers of Lebanon and estates of Lebanon to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Lebanon and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Lebanon by region

Looking for a good wine of Lebanon among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Lebanon. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Lebanon with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Lebanon

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Want to buy a red wine of Lebanon cheap or sell a red wine of Lebanon at the best price on the market? Find out which ones are popular and which ones to keep in your cellar for a few more years.

Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Lebanon

Red wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of susanne's christmas beef, leg of lamb in braillouse or pasta with shrimp.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Lebanon

On the nose the red wine of the region of Lebanon. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, menthol or orange peel and sometimes also flavors of tobacco leaf, dried herbs or black plum.

The best vintages in red wine of Lebanon

  • 1982 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1974 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1987 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1964 With an average score of 4.55/5
  • 1968 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 1978 With an average score of 4.50/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Lebanon

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Mourvedre
  • Petit Verdot

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Lebanon.

Discovering the wine region of Lebanon

Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country with an ancient wine culture that has experienced a renaissance in recent decades. In 2011, about six million bottles of Lebanese wine were produced from 2000 hectares (5000 acres) of Vineyards. Modern Lebanese viticulture has moved inland from the ancient Phoenician port cities to the fertile Bekaa Valley. There are also a handful of vineyards near Jezzine, a few kilometres from the Southern end of the Bekaa, just inland from Sidon.

The majority of Lebanese wine is exported to the UK, France and the US, where receptive consumers have encouraged healthy growth in Lebanon's modern wine industry. In 1998, there were less than 10 wineries in Lebanon; there are now more than 30. Red wines account for the bulk of production; they are generally made from the classic southern French Grape varieties: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. White wines may contain Ugni Blanc, Clairette and Chardonnay.

The modern wine industry dates back to the 19th century. As non-Muslims living in a Muslim state - which had been Part of the Ottoman Empire since the 1500s - Christians living in Lebanon enjoyed certain freedoms, including the right to produce wine for ceremonial purposes. It was on this basis that in 1857 a group of Jesuit priests founded a winery in Ksara, a small town in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon's best wine-growing area. Château Ksara deserves its own chapter in the annals of Lebanese wine history.

Great white wines of Lebanon

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Lebanon

White wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, game (deer, venison) or rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) such as recipes of stuffed squid in the sétoise sauce, venison stew to be prepared the day before or tuna, pepper and tomato quiche.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Lebanon

On the nose the white wine of the region of Lebanon. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, mango or stone and sometimes also flavors of almonds, cinnamon or cheese.

The best vintages in white wine of Lebanon

  • 1975 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1989 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 1991 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2001 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2002 With an average score of 4.20/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.10/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Lebanon

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Viognier
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Obaideh
  • Merwah

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Lebanon.

Discover the grape variety: Chardonnay

The white Chardonnay is a grape variety that originated in France (Burgundy). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and small grapes. White Chardonnay can be found in many vineyards: South West, Burgundy, Jura, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Beaujolais, Savoie & Bugey, Loire Valley, Champagne, Rhone Valley, Armagnac, Lorraine, Alsace, Provence & Corsica.

Great sparkling wines of Lebanon

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Lebanon

Sparkling wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pork or game (deer, venison) such as recipes of beef fillet in a crust, basque piperade or duck leg confit in white wine.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Lebanon

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Lebanon. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, microbio or tree fruit and sometimes also flavors of citrus fruit.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Lebanon

  • 2019 With an average score of 3.80/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 3.70/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Lebanon

  • Grenache
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Lebanon.

The word of the wine: Guyot (pruning)

This is the most widespread pruning technique. It includes one or two long branches and allows the mechanization of a large number of vineyard operations.

Great pink wines of Lebanon

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Lebanon

Pink wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, lamb or spicy food such as recipes of feijoada ( portuguese cassoulet ), mathieu's lamb tagine or lamb kebab.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Lebanon

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Lebanon. often reveals types of flavors of grapefruit, red cherry or melon and sometimes also flavors of gooseberry, vegetal or black fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Lebanon

  • 2005 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.30/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.19/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 4.07/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.00/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 3.70/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Lebanon

  • Cinsault
  • Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grenache
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tempranillo
  • Carignan

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Lebanon.

Discover the grape variety: Cabernet franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest red grape varieties in Bordeaux. The Libourne region is its terroir where it develops best. The terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Fronsac allow it to mature and develop its best range of aromas. It is also the majority in many blends. The very famous Château Cheval Blanc, for example, uses 60% Cabernet Franc. The wines produced with Cabernet Franc are medium in colour with fine tannins and subtle aromas of small red fruits and spices. When blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings complexity and a bouquet of aromas to the wine. It produces fruity wines that can be drunk quite quickly, but whose great vintages can be kept for a long time. It is an earlier grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, which means that it is planted as far north as the Loire Valley. In Anjou, it is also used to make sweet rosé wines. Cabernet Franc is now used in some twenty countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Great sweet wines of Lebanon

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Lebanon

Sweet wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes of rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), spicy food or sweet desserts such as recipes of tomato pie without tomato..., mutton stew with potatoes and garlic or homemade cookies.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Lebanon

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Lebanon. often reveals types of flavors of tropical, citrus or vanilla and sometimes also flavors of honey, melon or non oak.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Lebanon

  • 2012 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 3.60/5
  • 2004 With an average score of 3.60/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 3.10/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Lebanon

  • Gewürztraminer
  • Moscato
  • Muscatel
  • Ugni blanc
  • Clairette
  • Moscatel

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Lebanon.

The word of the wine: Black Grenache

Grenache is a black grape variety that originated in Spain and is one of the great quality varieties of southern France. Sometimes vinified on its own, it is most often blended with one or more other Rhone or southern grape varieties with complementary qualities such as Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan or Cinsault. Its wines are warm, with aromas of red fruits (cherry) and spices; they oxidize with time. Vinified alone or in very large proportions, Grenache Noir also makes great natural sweet wines in Roussillon (Rivesaltes, Banyuls, Maury) and in the Rhône Valley (Rasteau).

Great natural sweet wines of Lebanon

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Lebanon

Natural sweet wines from the region of Lebanon go well with generally quite well with dishes such as recipes .

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Lebanon

  • 2009 With an average score of 2.60/5

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Lebanon

A wine route planned in the region of Lebanon? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best natural-sweet wine of Lebanon.

Discover the grape variety: Sémillon

Sémillon blanc is a grape variety that originated in France (Bordeaux). It produces a variety of grape specially used for wine making. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. Note that this grape variety can also be used for the elaboration of eaux de vie. This variety of vine is characterized by large bunches of grapes, and grapes of large size. Sémillon Blanc can be found in several vineyards: South-West, Languedoc & Roussillon, Cognac, Bordeaux, Armagnac, Provence & Corsica, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais.

News from the vineyard of Lebanon

Andrew Jefford: ‘2021 has been the year of all the miseries’

How’s the weather been this year? Awful. ‘La nature m’écoeure’, one of my wine-growing friends posted on Facebook on 8 April, having been out to look at the frost-crippled shoots on his vines that morning: ‘Nature disgusts me’. It takes a lot to make a wine-grower feel that. He wasn’t alone. Jeremiads echo around the northern hemisphere as 2021 closes. It’s been the year of all the miseries. None suffered more horribly than the growers of Germany’s Ahr valley, where floodwaters caused by the fou ...

Liv-ex 2021 Power 100 shows rebalancing of the fine wine market

The latest edition of Liv-ex Power 100, which lists the most powerful fine wine brands, shows that the period between October 2020 and September 2021 experienced a rebalancing of the market, with a number of classic labels returning to prominence. Château Lafite Rothschild re-entered the top 10, moving from 11th to 2nd place, while fellow First Growths Mouton-Rothschild and Margaux have also risen, to 6th and 10th place respectively. Petrus also re-entered the top 10, now at 7th place after a ye ...

Major Champagne merger for Nicolas Feuillatte to go ahead

Nearly 9% of Champagne’s vineyard area will be covered by the merger between Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and the Coopérative Régionale des Vins de Champagne (CRVC), which includes the Champagne Castelnau label. A deal was delayed earlier in 2021, but the merger has now been approved by the two companies’ extraordinary general assemblies. It is expected to be effective from 31 December. Together, the two groups will create a new cooperative, ‘Terroirs et Vigne ...

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