In fact, they were the first to produce wine from the abundance of grapevines the land generously produced and in different types.
The wine trading counted in good part for the wealth of the Phoenicians. It might have also accounted for the construction of the temple of Bacchus, the god of wine, in Baalbek.
Lebanon, as we know it, has continued the legacy of winemaking for as long as history can remember.
The fertile land, the good weather, the abundance of water springs, and the skills of Lebanese winemakers combine to create excellent wines, some have even made it to international fame.
If you are a true wine lover, here is a list of Lebanon’s most reputable wineries that you should visit and taste the variety of their wine production:
#1 Château Kefraya (Kefraya, Chouf)
Established in 1979. Location: Kefraya.
One of Kefraya’s wine, Comte de M, was ranked 93 among 12,000 wines in 2017 by The Wine Advocate (TWA), a wine journal critic.
#2 Chateau Musar (Gazir, Kessrwan)
Established in 1930 in Ghazir, Chateau Musar grapes grow in the fertile valley of Beqaa.
In 2017, the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler ranked Château Musar Jeune Rosé among the world’s 15 best rosé wines.
#3 Chateau St. Thomas (Zahle)
Established in 1990, the Clos of St Thomas is located in Kob Elias in Zahle, a UNESCO city of creative gastronomy.
#4 Chateau Heritage (Zahle)
Chateau heritage was founded in 1888, in Kab-Elias, Zahle, and is among the oldest Lebanese wineries still operating.
#5 Domaine des Tourelles (Jdita, Chtaura)
One of the oldest wineries in Lebanon, it was founded in 1868.
#6 Latourba (Bekaa)
Established in 2006, Latourba is located in Saghbine in West Bekaa, by the Karoun Lake.
#7 Chateau Marsyas (Bekaa)
Established in 2007 in the village of Kefraya, in the valley of Bekaa.
#8 Chateau Ksara (Zahle)
Among the oldest wineries in Lebanon, Chateau Ksara was established in 1857, in Bekaa.
#9 Domaine Wardy (Zahle)
A family-owned winery & distillery located in Zahle, Domaine Wardy is over 100 years old. It was established in 1891.
#10 Chateau Ka (Chtaura)
Chateau Ka branched out as a separate production from none other than Kassatly Chtaura (1974) that produced the first bottled Jallab for home-preparation.
#11 Chateau Belle-Vue (Bhamdoun)
Chateau Belle-Vue, a family business winery that started in 2000, prides itself on using organic methods and small-production for its hand-crafted wine.
#12 Domaine de Baal (Zahle)
Established in 1994, Domaine de Baal is an eco-friendly winery that prides itself on producing fine organic and natural wine.
#13 Chateau Khoury (Dhour Zahle)
A family-run vineyard established in 1995 and that has gained an excellent reputation.
#14 Terre Joie (Qanafar, Bekaa)
Established in 2008, Terre Joie winery is located in Kharbet Qanafar, Bekaa.
#15 Coteaux du Liban (Bekaa)
Founded in 1999, Coteaux Du Liban is also a family-run winery. It produces wine and also Lebanese arak.
#16 Riachi Winery & Distillery (Khenchara)
Established in 1839, Riachy distillery is a boutique producer of high-end wines, and also arak, gin, liqueur, and the first Lebanese single malt whiskey.
#17 Chateau Nabise (Rechmaya)
Established in 1999, la cave Nabise is situated in Mazraat Yachouh, with plantations in Rechmaya village, Mount Lebanon. In addition to a selection of wines, it produces the traditional Lebanese Arak drink.
#18 Chateau Wadih (Akoura)
Established in 2010, in Akoura, Chateau Wadih is the first in the Middle East to produce blue wine.
#19 IXSIR (Batroun)
Founded in 2008 by three partners, one of whom is Carlos Ghosn, IXSIR is located just a little outside Batroun. It was awarded “best grade for a Lebanese wine” at Bordeaux’s La Semaine des Primeurs 09.
#20 Aurora (Batroun)
A boutique winery established in 2006, it is located in Rachkedde, Batroun.