In today’s Lebanese culture, traces of the country’s very early interest in wine still linger. One of the most impressive roman temples dedicated to Bacchus was thus built in Lebanon’s ancient city of Baalbak in the Bekaa valey, a few dozens kilometers away from our domaine.
- Pictures of Baalbeck
The phoenicians (3000 BC to the Roman era), who greatly influenced the culture of this part of the world over centuries , were the first to export wines that were made in what would become modern Lebanon. Under their presence, ‘Baalism’ was a widespread religion, one that was deeply entangled in the traditions and ways of life of the rural populations living in the area.
Our domaine is located on the heights of the city of Zahle, in the center of the Bekaa valey, a fertile land situated 900 meters above sea-level and that was once called the ‘wheat attic’ of the Romans. Surrounded by chains of mountains, Mount-Lebanon on the West and the Anti-Liban on the East, the Bekaa valey offers a splendid landscape to the eye and provides an ideal climate for vineyards.
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The entire vineyard is grown on terraces, which somewhat makes our work harder as most our tasks are done manually. The terraces face the South and are made of beautiful red clay soil, situated on limestone rocks that provide the wines with extra freshness and mineral notes.
The domaine is currently made of 12 hectares of land, 5 of them planted with vines and 3 more to be planted soon.
The different grape varieties grown are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
When the time came to build and design the cellar, respect of the environment was at the root of the project and has consistently been a determinant factor in the architecture. The winery was consequently built with one-meter tick stonewalls while soil was used as an insulator. The winery roofs are vegetal, meaning they were covered with soil and a variety of fat plants, offering natural rather than artificial cooling methods during the hot summers.
The cellar was built in ‘a l’ancienne’ stone; it is vaulted and is located under the fermenting room. Half of the cellar is underground, the rock is apparent and the resulting natural temperature varies between 13 and 16 degrees centigrade throughout the year, with humidity levels that vary between 70% and 75%.
The entirety of the project has preserved the typical architecture of buildings and old Lebanese houses which combines stone, mud, flat roofs and vaults, along with a modern twist that is provided by a combination of glass, iron and raw concrete.