About Cinsault

In the 19th century, Cinsault was introduced in Lebanon by French missionnaries arriving from Algeria and southern France and became the pioneering grape variety, contributing to the revival of Lebanese winemaking after a 400 years ban on winemaking during Ottoman occupation. Nowadays, with old vines producing smaller yields and better concentration with a refreshing acidity, Cinsault thrives in the warm and sun-drenched climate of the Bekaa Valley and becomes somehow the adopted grape variety of Lebanon.

60 Years old bush (goblet) vines of Cinsault in Kefraya

A Cinsault cluster in early-ripening stage (véraison)

Sélection - Cinsault

This wine truly embodies the essence of Cinsault, with its vibrant fruit flavors and soft tannins, showcasing the versatility of this remarkable grape variety. Grown on the hillsides of the village of Kefraya, the grapes benefit from the unique clay-limestone soils and the traditional bush-trained (goblet) vines, allowing for an extended growing season and optimal ripening.

The winemaking process further enhances the wine's distinct qualities. Fermented in concrete tanks with wild yeast, adding complexity and a sense of terroir to the final product. Moderate extraction techniques ensure gentle extraction of flavors and tannins, maintaining the wine's elegant and approachable character.

Concrete tank fermentation

Cinsault clusters protected by the canope of old bush vines

To preserve the wine's freshness and purity, aging takes place in concrete tanks, allowing the Cinsault to develop and evolve while retaining its inherent fruit-forward nature. 

The result is a light-bodied wine with a delightful balance of juicy fruit flavors, bright acidity, and subtle spice undertones. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, or fresh salads, this Cinsault from the Bekaa Valley delivers a truly enjoyable and authentic Lebanese winemaking experience. Raise your glass and savor the rich history and captivating flavors of this remarkable wine.