With a winemaking history dating back more than 6,000 years, it’s no surprise that our Best Vineyard in Asia should be located in Lebanon. But while most modern Lebanese viticulture takes place in the Bekaa Valley, the winning estate in fact sits just south, in Jezzine. It’s the hometown of Karam Wines’ eponymous founder, an airline pilot who realized a childhood dream of owning his own winery in 2002. This year marks his first on our list, going straight in at Number 14.
The wines are hugely concentrated thanks to the warm climate and yet freshened by the acidity afforded by the altitude of this mountain town. Grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Lebanon’s noteworthy Meksassi in addition to some less commonly found in the area. The hugely enthusiastic family conducts personally tailored tours culminating in tutored tastings, which may include the traditional aniseed eau de vie, Arak.
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