Lebanese wineries gear up for London tasting event

The largest UK tasting event of Lebanese wines is set to take place in London later this month.

More than 20 Lebanese wineries will be at the Lebanese Ambassador’s London residence on October 25 for a trade and press tasting of the country’s latest vintages and styles.

The event, which will be hosted by ambassador Rami Mortada, will show wines from a number of producers including: Adyar, Cave Kouroum, Chateau Belle-Vue, Chateau Heritage, Chateau Ka, Chateau Khoury, Chateau Ksara, Chateau Marsyas, Chateau Musar, Chateau Oumsiyat, Chateau Qanafar, Chateau Sanctus, Chateau St Thomas, Clos du Phoenix, Domaine Najm, Domaine des Tourelles, Domaine Wardy, IXSIR, Karam Wines, Latourba, Sindiana Wines and Vertical 33.

Several of these producers are already working with UK distributors, but a few newer wineries are actively seeking an importer.

Mortada said: “One of my jobs is to build bilateral ties, so what better way to do this than to promote our wine. It is arguably Lebanon’s most high-profile export, one that sends a message of civilization and hospitality.

Zafer Chaoui, chairman of Chateau Ksara and president of the Union Vinicole du Liban, said: “Britain is one of our biggest markets. We value the UK’s willingness to embrace wines from diverse markets and we are confident we can build on the base we have already established.”

Lebanon produces only 10 million bottles a year and only half of this is exported, but the nation has established a reputation for quality in wine.

Lebanese wine writer, Michael Karam, said: “Lebanon is a Francophone country and this heritage has not been lost on its winemakers. We have red, white and rose blends that draw their includences from Bordeaux, the Rhone and Southern France, but which are still terroir-driven with a definite Lebanese character from a part of the world that has been making wine for a very long time.”

For further information about the tasting contact: Natalie@weareco.co.uk

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