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Varietals
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The following grapes, most of which have been introduced in the last ten to fifteen years, are all grown to make wine in Lebanon.

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Red Varietals
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[vc_column_text]Cabernet Franc is a red grape variety planted in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that is also popular among the wine makers of north east Italy. A new grape to Lebanon, it is planted both in the Bekaa , Bhamdoun, and Batroun regions.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cabernet Sauvignon has, in the past thirty years, become Lebanon’s most widely planted grape (500 hectares – a quarter of the total area under wine grape vine – were planted between 2000 and 2005) and comprises roughly 30% of the country’s wine grapes under vine. It is used by all the major Lebanese wineries in blends and can be found as varietal in its own right.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Carignan has been used for decades in Lebanon, where, local producers say, it performs better than in France. It gives a beautiful dark hue, good acidity and high alcohol. It is used to structure reds that are destined for ageing as well as rosé wines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Cinsault has been used to make wine for 150 years in Lebanon and today makes up nearly 35% of Lebanon’s total wine grapes.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Gamay is planted in extremely limited quantities for nouveau wines.[/vc_column_text]
[vc_column_text]Grenache is widely used by Lebanese producers, for whom it can give wines with a high alcoholic content.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Merlot is a popular and important grape in the majority of upper and mid-range wines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Mourvèdre is popular with a few Lebanese producers, who value its ability to contribute to well-structured wines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Petit Verdot is used in limited quantities by those wineries who appreciate that it can contribute significantly to a wine’s ageing potential because of its high tannin content and very dark color.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Syrah is a favorite with Lebanese producers, who value its longevity as well as its aromas and flavors of prunes, spices and berry fruits.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Tempranillo is arguably the most important Spanish grape variety and one that is popular with a few Lebanese producers.[/vc_column_text]
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White Varietals
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[vc_column_text]Obaideh is a white Lebanese cultivar used in wines and arak.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Sauvignon Blanc is a versatile, highly acidic, grape used extensively in Lebanese white wines.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Semillon is planted in limited quantities in Lebanon.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Ugni Blanc was one of the earliest imported white grapes used in Lebanon, where it was used for wines, arak and other eaux de vie.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Viognier is recent arrival in Lebanon, where it has been blended successfully with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat to make premium whites.[/vc_column_text]
[vc_column_text]Chardonnay is a relatively new arrival to Lebanon but has thrived in the Bekaa and Batroun terroir.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Gewürztraminer is used in Lebanon in extremely limited quantities[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Clairette has been a popular grape but is used less these days.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Merweh is a white Lebanese cultivar used in wines and arak.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Muscat is a white grape planted in limited quantities in Lebanon, where it is blended with other varieties.[/vc_column_text]
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