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