Considering serving wines from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon this holiday season, where Maronite Christians, Sunni Muslims, and Shiite Muslims share a place, history, and political strife. In 1998, Ramzi Ghosn, co-founded Massaya Winery in Chataura, a one-hour drive from Beirut, on land that he purchased as a young man. With the financial backing and expertise of two French winemaking heavy-hitters, the owner of Chateau Vieux Telegraphe, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and the former owner of St. Emilion Chateau Cheval Blanc, Massaya reds compare stylistically to the French mentors.;
Massaya Winery is named for the twilight of the setting sun on Mount Lebanon, nestling the Bekaa Valley where ‘wine has been part of the culture since the Phoenicians 4,000 years ago.’ The weather is ‘always steady’ with over 300 days of sunshine per year, no need for irrigation, and excellent drainage. Massaya Winery win

Massaya Winery founders from east Beirut make wine
Massaya Winery is named for twilight of setting sun
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