Wine, History and Culture - Exclusive Wine Experience
Lebanon is a small country and it is among the oldest sites of wine production in the world. The Phoenicians of its coastal strip were instrumental in spreading wine throughout the Mediterranean in ancient times. Despite the many conflicts of the region, the country has an annual production of over 8,500,000 bottles of wine. Lebanon is full of history, beauty, tasty food, mountains, beaches and great local wines. its rich history, historical sites, mild climate, along with other factors, have all made Lebanon one of the most visited countries in the middle east. besides that Lebanon is the country that never sleeps, Lebanon is one of the most beautiful countries in middle east due to its profound interplay between history, culture and nature which makes it a beautiful and charming destination in the world. Evidence from Rome shows that 2,000 years before Alexander the Great, the Phoenicians, the ancestors of the Lebanese, cultivated and domesticated the vine and produced wine. Wines from Lebanon were exported to Egypt around 2,500 BC and also introduced to Greece and Italy. From intact cargoes of wine discovered on sunken Phoenician ships, the wines appears to have been protected from oxidation by a layer of olive oil, followed by a seal of pinewood and resin. Wine played an important part in many of the religions of the day, including the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian religions. The Christian Bible makes mention of wines from the region, and Cana, where Christ attended a wedding and turned water into wine, is near the southern Lebanese port of Tyre. Baalbek was originally devoted to the Phoenician fertility god Baal but is also home to the remains of a temple dedicated to the Roman god of wine, Bacchus. Meanwhile, the modern Lebanese winemakers have favored French grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut and Grenache. However, Lebanon has a rich heritage of indigenous grapes which are attracting more attention: Musar White is made from a blend of Obeidy and Merwah; Chateau St. Thomas Obeidy made of the iconic indigenous Obeidy.
Wine Tasting Tour in the Bekaa Valley - From Vine to The Glass
We start our Wine and tasting Tour from Beirut through Lebanon’s most famous and ultimate wine region, The Bekaa Valley. We’ll explore the outstanding cuisine and the famous wines the area is known for. We will get our fill of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and and Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut and Grenache. However, Lebanon has a rich heritage of indigenous grapes which are attracting more attention: Musar White is made from a blend of Obeidy and Merwah; Chateau St. Thomas Obeidy made of the iconic indigenous Obeidy , but we make sure to provide a well-rounded itinerary as we will taste both modern and classic wine styles and learn about a wide range of topics covering the complex history and culture of the area, and provide you with time on your own to make your own discoveries. During this fun and informative tour, you will learn about the local history and geography that makes Bekaa Valley such a popular destination for wine lovers, Wine Tour & Tasting in 3 or 4 of the following wineries:
Wine Tasting Tour - Chateau Musar, Ixsir Winery and Byblos
We Start our wine tasting travel tour from Beirut toward Batroun, Lebanon’s second most productive wine region in Lebanon after the Bekaa Valley, and home to more then eight boutique wineries for the best wine tasting experience. The grapes are grown between 400-1,300 meters in vineyards that are either sea facing or planted further inland. You will visit nearby wineries like Chateau Musar, one of the most prestigious wineries in Lebanon and Ixsir Winery and You will sample diverse and exciting range of red, white and rosé wines, from fruit-forward easy drinking blends to complex aging wines for all occasions and budgets. The wine tour continue to Byblos in the afternoon as you can explore the city with some free time before heading back to Beirut.
Wine Tasting and Culture - Baalbek, Chateau Ksara & St. Thomas Winery
Combine culture and wine tasting in a single day tour. Enjoy exploring the must see site of Lebanon, Baalbek, and indulge yourself in tastings the Best Lebanese wine by visiting two of the most famous boutique top wineries in the wine region the Bekaa valley for the best wine tasting experience. Pickup from your hotel in Beirut and transportation in a comfortable Vehicle. You will visit two of the most prestigious and beautiful top boutique nearby wineries in the Bekaa wine region, Chateau Ksara Ksara and St Thomas Wineries. This wine tour offers a fantastic way to enjoy excellent wines and quality wine tastings near Beirut. This private tour also includes a quality traditional lunch at a lovely local restaurant. The perfect combination of wine and tasting and stunning landscape.
Wine and Culture - Hike in the Cedars & Wine Tasting at Kefraya and Ksara
Admire the beauty of the nature in this Full-Day hiking tour from Beirut toward the Cedars of Chouf Nature Reserve, and relax afterwards while visiting two or three different top boutique nearby wineries and enjoy wine and tasting and learn about wine making while sampling an exciting range of red, white and rosé wines from fruit-forward easy drinking blends to complex aging wines for all occasions and budgets. This wine tasting tour of the Lebanese Wine Region is a special combination of cultural and wine that start from Beirut with an expert guide. You will visit things that are not included in any other tour such as a short hike at the amazing Cedars Forest of Maaser Elchouf. And a visit to two or three of the best boutiques wineries in Lebanon such a Ksara, Kefraya and saint Thomas Winery. Enjoy a winery visit & wine tasting guided by an English-speaking wine professional and a tasty meal in a nice local restaurant before heading back to Beirut.