Currently creating a stir on the international market, Lebanese wine is the product of a rich heritage dating back 5,000 years. Despite Ottoman domination, regional turmoil, civil conflict and religious intolerance, Lebanon has consistently produced world-class wines.
Michael Karam and Norbert Schiller take us on a journey from the Bekaa Valley to the little vineyards of Mount Lebanon. We meet the people who epitomise a proud tradition that began with Bronze Age man and culminates in the world’s finest wine lists. At once a wine guide and cultural history, this extensively illustrated book is a valuable reference for wine buffs, travellers and casual readers alike. It is a long-overdue tribute to one of the world’s oldest winemaking regions.
About the Authors
Michael Karam is Lebanon’s leading wine writer. Born in London in 1965, he was raised and educated in England. He moved to Lebanon in 1992 where, after a brief career in teaching, he entered into journalism, becoming features editor and then a business reporter for the Beirut Daily Star. Dividing his time between business journalism and wine writing, he is a contributor to both the award-winning Wine Report and Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Wine Companion. He is the author of Life’s Like That: Your Guide to the Lebanese, a light-hearted look at his fellow countrymen. He lives with his wife and two children in Beirut.
Norbert Schiller is a Californian who in 1979 made his way to Egypt via Greece, where he worked as a shepherd. He has been one of the most prolific Middle East news photographers of the last 25 years. As well as working for Associated Press and Agence France Presse, his work has featured regularly in The New York Times and Der Spiegel. His books include Spectacular Egypt and Be Thou There: The Holy Family's Journey in Egypt. Norbert Schiller currently lives with his wife and two children in Beirut.
Photographs by Norbert Schiller
‘Lebanon has been off the wine-lover’s map for two millennia. The publication of [this] sumptuous book is a first step towards rectifying this … the madness and charm of Lebanon are both succinctly captured in images which show that, where madness and charm coexist, wine is never far away.’ New Statesman
‘A colourful, coffee table book that chronicles the country’s long and rich wine heritage.’ Wine International
‘The first thoroughgoing survey of what’s on the Lebanese wine market … an attractive object … well-written.’
The Daily Star