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Lebanon's wineries in trouble from the violence

Lebanon's major wine producing area is the Bekaa Valley, about 50km east of Beirut. Most of the grape varieties planted are the same ones used in Southern France (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre), but there are also plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon--the winemakers are inspired by the wines of Bordeaux.

Decanter has reported that due to the current violence in the Middle East, Lebanese wineries could be targets. They could be turned into weapon factories, and the caves that store the wines could be used to hide and store weapons.

Let's hope that the situation improves over there in the very near future, and not just for the sake of the wineries, of course.