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Winemaking in Lebanon ‘more dangerous’ than ever

zin1953 | Sep 8, 201510:57 AM    

Hard to believe it's more dangerous now than during the Civil War, but . . .

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Growing grapes and making wine in Lebanon amid the political unrest in neighbouring Syria is “more dangerous than ever” according to one key producer.

Speaking to the drinks business at a lunch hosted by Thorman Hunt to showcase the latest vintages of Massaya, general manager Sami Ghosen said:

“The situation is more dangerous than ever now. We’re all victims of geopolitics. There are bodyguards everywhere, I can’t take my children around the vineyards with me, but I’m not going to stop and I’m not going to move. Our new winery is in a safer spot in the heart of Christian Lebanon.

“We’ve had trouble recently in trying to harvest our grapes grown on the Syrian border as a lot of our pickers are Syrian and the army isn’t letting them across the border.”

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Winemaking in Lebanon ‘more dangerous’ than ever

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