Hallgarten adds Lebanese range from Chateau Oumsiyat
Hallgarten & Novum Wines is introducing Lebanon’s only Assyrtiko, from producer Chateau Oumsiyat.
The specialist wine importer is adding 11 wines blended exclusively for the UK off and on-trade by Hallgarten’s head of buying, Steve Daniel, in partnership with Chateau Oumsitay’s owner and winemaker, Joseph Bou Sleiman.
The selection of five red, five white and one rose wine includes Lebanon’s only assyrtiko, sourced from a nursey in Northern Italy and planted in one small plot in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
Daniel said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Château Oumsiyat who, with their progressive methods and style of wines, are far ahead of the curve in Lebanese winemaking and producing cutting-edge wines. The wines are a fresh, Mediterranean style which we felt were a perfect fit into the Hallgarten portfolio.
"We have found that the appetite for Eastern Mediterranean style wines is growing hugely in the UK, so to be able to offer wines that match this style perfectly whilst embracing Lebanon’s rich winemaking history is invaluable!”
Chateau Oumsiyat is situated in the village of Mtein in the foothills of the Mount Lebanon mountain range, where the producer owns 78 hectares of vineyard that stretch to the Bekaa Valley.
The family-owned producer has been passed down through the Bou Sleiman family for four generations.