Domaine Wardy is a family-run winery and distillery in Zahle, Lebanon, whose roots go back to 1881. Its vineyards are on average 1000 meters above sea level in the Bekaa Valley, the largest wine region in Lebanon . read more>
ABOUT DOMAINE WARDY
It all began when Rachid Cortas founded a winery in Zahle. Today his great-grandchildren, the Wardys, are the fourth generation of wine and arak producers.
After a while, family members began to emigrate and doing business overseas, leaving the Zahle winery with no one to run it.
In 1971, George and his older brother Aziz returned to Zahle and bought the Abou Raad stake in Arak “Gantous & Abou Raad ”, Lebanon's leading arak brand, founded in 1893 and co-founded with the Gantous family“ Solifed, SARL ”.
The Wardys bought Gantous’s shares in the company in 1996 and began producing wine under the Domaine Wardy and Arak Wardy brands; and in 2017, Georges' children bought all of the shares in “Solifed” and “Gantous & Abou Raad”.
The Domaine Wardy turned 21 in 2018. With new owners and new management, the winery has been renamed with a new logo that is dynamic and inspired by nature.
Domaine Wardy has decided to return to nature with a commitment to sustainable agriculture in new vineyards and respect for the environment with a switch to solar energy and a new sewage treatment plant in the winery. p>
The renowned designer Tarek Atrissi was commissioned to create a new logo, design new labels and refresh the brand image.
The winemaker of Domaine Wardy is Diana Salameh Khalil, who studied oenology at the Institut Universitaire de la Vigne et du Vin in Dijon, France.
After completing her studies, she gained work experience at Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy and at Jeanjean / AdVini in Languedoc-Roussillon.
After returning to Lebanon, Diana joined the team at Domaine Wardy in 2002, a time when winemaking was a male-dominated profession, and became the first female winemaker to work in Lebanon.