Lebanon wines started to be produced at least 2000 years before Alexander The Great. The evidence that the grapes were cultivated and domesticated from ancient Rome to Lebanon is clearly proof of the winemaking skills and the quality of wines produced in this country.
Lebanese winemakers have favored French grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut, Carignan and Grenache. The major wineries have their vineyards in Beqaa Valley while Chateau Ksara is the biggest. Chateau Musar is probably the best known in the west and it is known for transporting rhe grapes across the front line during the civil war.