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Massaya Winery

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Michael Lloyd wrote a review May 2019
Los Angeles, California148 contributions39 helpful votes
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When touring Lebanon, it would be easy to miss some of the finest wines and arak in the world. Here’s a hidden gem I recommend for those with a discerning palette. Ok, I hear you…the Bekaa Valley? The Middle East’s breeding ground for terrorism training and drug running? You want us to go THERE for wine? Let me clear up these myths right now: This ISN’T your father’s Bekaa Valley… I’ve seen the Bekaa with my own eyes. Home to the finest Greek/Roman archeological site (Baalbeck) in my world, Bekaa has changed quite a bit in the modern Lebanon. The days where stolen cars would be dumped after being ransomed off and the massive hashish trade are long gone. When you enter the Valley, the military checkpoint is welcoming and alerts you of any pitfalls that may await your journey. I called them “the Armed Forces Lonely Planet.” Fine wine making is a tradition that dates back over 5,000 to the original inhabitants of Lebanon: the Phoenicians. With Byblos, the world’s oldest continuously running seaport a short distance away, tending vineyards and then trading the wine with spice runners were a natural fit. And, the people in Bekaa—then and now—are among the world’s most hospitable. Now that we’ve cleared this up, let’s get to the good stuff. Massaya is the continuing incarnation of the pioneering Tanaïl Estate tended by the Ghosn family. Today, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the sprawling, dramatically-located vineyard the centerpiece of the burgeoning Lebanese wine tourism industry. On the day I arrived, Sami Ghosn was the king of hospitality treating a few colleagues / friends and me to a tour of the winery while crafting some amazing culinary selections from their Le Relais restaurant where guests normally lounge under the comfort of lush trees and pergolas. In one of the most glorious dining experiences this side of Italy, Sami and his brother Ramzi—a trained Cordon Blue chef himself—guided their normal staff of housewives from neighboring villages in a finely executed balancing act of blended gastronomy. Bruschetta, whole bean hummos, grilled eggplant with the signature Massaya soja sauce and pasta with dried anchovy paced a full-throttle menu that retained its equilibrium and old-world personality indigenous to the Bekaa region. Inside the authentic country kitchen where the meal was being prepared in front of us, the sumptuous glasses of Massaya wines invited easy camaraderie with our new friends. As a friend of mine would say, “I’m more of a beer man than a wine man,” and I usually would say he’s more a vodka martini guy than a wine guy, but today swayed my bias towards to sweet tastes of Massaya. The vineyard produces five labels every vintage: one Massaya Rosé, one Massaya blanc and three Massaya rouge (Gold Reserve, Silver Selection and Classic). Each features a fruity, rich blend with remarkably low acidity; a smooth innovative taste that is such to add to unforgettable evenings when you uncork a bottle at home with your guests. As I sipped my way through the evening, somewhere between mountains and the Mediterranean Seas I felt something stirring. I realized it was my soul connecting to the land. I envisioned the Phoenicians entertaining much the same way. An understated feast with new friends while enjoying the wine that can only be crafted in the special place that Bekaa has become once again.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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rannoushette wrote a review Aug 2018
25 contributions1 helpful vote
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Stumbled on this amazing place during our trip to Faraya so surprised by the wine never tried it before. Liked it so much we went 3 times there during our 2 weeks holidays. Loved the silver selection red such a shame can’t seem to find it in the U.K.! Did the wine tasting tour & we did try 4 wines. Great decoration everything well thought of! The main restaurant menu is interesting but the output is not consistent across all dishes. Great idea with the sky bar.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Ramzi Traboulsi wrote a review Jul 2018
Beirut, Lebanon459 contributions583 helpful votes
surely a must to visit for all tourists coming to lebanon or even for the locals . great experience .
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Lois wrote a review Mar 2018
Oman332 contributions54 helpful votes
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We were welcomed into this amazing winery, restaurant, and home as though we were long lost relatives. The most affable and friendly and pleasant and helpful staff I have encountered in a long time. Food that was not only original and different for visitors from outside Lebanon, but delicious and delightfully presented. The wine was excellent and a tour of the winery and the vineyards proved informative and interesting. The decor is arty with a lot of attention to detail and you keep seeing new things as you wander around.
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Susan L wrote a review Apr 2017
Huntley, Illinois119 contributions21 helpful votes
Massaya is a fabulous winery in Faqra. We visited on a Sunday and enjoyed their scrumptious buffet. Although fog rolled in over the mountains, the scenery was still great. The winery tour was interesting and a great prelude to the buffet. There are board games available as well as foosball so be prepared to stay a while! It is interesting to note many of the chairs and tables are repurposed barrels and the bar is an example of excellent craftsmanship!
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Date of experience: April 2017
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