BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON
Chateau Ksara holds claim to being both the largest and oldest winery in Lebanon. Although the region's winemaking tradition reaches back 5000 years, the Chateau's style changed from the traditional, raisiny, sweet wines to Old World dry wines after World War I. Following the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Lebanon fell under French control, which led to an influx of French soldiers and administrators. This in turn caused an increase in the demand for French style wines, particularly those from the Rhone and Bordeaux. While Lebanon might not sound appealing at first, this blend of ancient tradition and French influence produces wines that are first class.