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If you think of wine-growing regions, you only rarely think of Lebanon. Lebanon is one of the oldest wine-growing regions and there are only a few regions in the world that can look back on a longer tradition in wine production.

Because wine has been produced in Lebanon for more than 5000 years. The beginnings were made by the Phoenicians, who began to cultivate wine in the Levant - especially in Lebanon.

So it is not surprising that the word wine is derived from the Phoenician word that describes the fermentation of grapes.

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Even if the Phoenicians probably did not invent wine as such, they perfected its cultivation in antiquity and thus laid the foundation for the pride and prosperity of the region.

There are numerous factors that make Lebanon an ideal place to grow grapes.
Undoubtedly, the 250 to 300 days of sunshine per year count as an optimal
Guarantee the growth of the vines.

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Overall, the
Bekaa plain , which is on average more than 1000 meters above sea level, has optimal climatic conditions for the cultivation of wine.
Here, where more than 80% of the Lebanese wines are produced, rainy winters and sunshine spoiled summers offer the perfect conditions for constant and even ripening of the grapes.

During the hot summer the grapes have enough time to develop wonderfully strong fruit aromas.
Even though Lebanon is definitely known for its red wine, it should not go unmentioned that excellent white wine is also produced in the country.

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Although most of the country's wineries can still be found in the Bekaa plain, more and more regions have been able to establish themselves as wine-growing regions. For example, the second largest wine-growing region in the country, Batroun, the Lebanon Mountains or southern Lebanon.

A look at the types of wine grown reveals a clear influence of France on the Lebanese wine industry.
This influence lies in the common history of the two countries during the French mandate between 1920 and 1943.

The most widely grown grape varieties today include Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Mourvèdre.

Libanon Mittelmeer There are also local varieties, such as the two white grape varieties Obaideh and Merwah.

In the last few decades, wine production in Lebanon has experienced a real renaissance with an annual production of around 10 million bottles of wine. While there were fewer than ten wineries in Lebanon in 1998, there are now more than 40. These include the largest and oldest winery Chateau Ksara or the traditional Domaine des Tourelles .

Lebanon today exports most of its wines to Great Britain, Germany, France and the USA, whose increased demand has led to the growth of the modern Lebanese wine industry