Lebanon has been making wine for centuries. The country is known for the great Red wines of Gaston Hochar and Chateau Musar. But economic chaos is creating a new generation of visionary wine makers.
- Lebanon’s population is around 5.5 million, nearly a fifth of which is made up of Syrian, Iraqi and Palestinian minorities.
- Lebanon’s land area is just over 4,000 square miles and it has a relatively high population density of around 1,730 people per square mile.
- The country’s annual wine production is around 8.5 million bottles, mainly from vineyards in the Beka’a valley. Most of the wine produced is red, often from imported French grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache.
- Indigenous grape varieties include the Obaideh and Merwah grapes.