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Lebanon, wine and tourism

Although the first winery in Lebanon was Chateau Joseph Spath (Chateau Chbat) in 1847 it was not until 1857 that Jesuit missionaries formally introduced viticulture and new vines from French-governed

Although the first winery in Lebanon was Chateau Joseph Spath (Chateau Chbat) in 1847 it was not until 1857 that Jesuit missionaries formally introduced viticulture and new vines from French-governed Algeria were planted, developing the foundation for the modern Lebanon wine industry.

In 1918 the French civil and military administration governing Lebanon’s post-independence as a cosmopolitan, financial hub enabled the introduction of an economic golden age and it was accompanied by an increased demand for wine.


Unfortunately for the wine industry, in 1975 the country entered a 15-year civil war that dampened the wine demand. Finally, in 1992 peace was negotiated creating opportunities for new markets and new products.