As you probably know, Lebanon has a rich history. It’s a country that was once the home of the Phoenicians, an ancient civilization.
But did you know that Lebanon has an old relationship with wine? From being one of the first lands that produced this spirit to have been the home of the first civilization that practiced wine trading, Lebanon has a long history with wine!
Here are 6 things you probably didn’t know about Lebanese wine!
#1 Lebanon is one of the oldest sites of wine production in the world
5,000 years ago, vines were already growing in Lebanon. The Phoenicians were among the first people that produced wine. In addition to that, they made different types of wines by growing vineyards in many topographies and climates.
“The culture of the ancient Phoenicians was one of the first to have had a significant effect on the history of wine. Through contact and trade, they spread not only their alphabet but also their knowledge of viticulture and wine-making, including the propagation of several ancestral varieties of the Vitis vinifera species of wine grapes,” Jeh (J. E.) Bruce, SF/F author
#2 Phoenicians were famous wine traders
Not only did the Phoenicians produce exquisite wines from the grapes of Lebanon, but they also practiced wine trading. They were famous across the Mediterranean region.
Also, they were among the first people to introduce wine to Egypt. In 1999, the discoverer of Titanic Dr. Robert Ballard and his team found a 2,700-year-old Phoenician ship along with its cargo that contained wine containers among many other items. The discovery was made off the island of Malta.
#3 Lebanon is the home of the temple of Bacchus who is the god of wine
In Baalbeck, a region in Lebanon, one can find the temple of Bacchus; one of the largest Roman temple ruins in the world. Bacchus, also known as Dionysus, is the Greek god of grape harvest, winemaking, and wine.
#4 Jesus turned water into wine in Lebanon
Jesus got invited to a wedding in Qana, Galilee which is currently located in southern Lebanon. He did his first miracle there when He turned water into wine.
This verse shows that the Lebanese wine had a great reputation! “Those who live in his shadow will again raise grain, and they will blossom like the vine. His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:7
#6 You can go on wine tours in Lebanon
As much as it is great to drink wine, it’s also interesting to know how it is produced. There are many wineries in Lebanon that offer tours that include a visit to the caves where the wines are stored and a tasting session.