History of the Region
Lebanon is a country immensely rich in history. For almost 2000 years, the Temple of Baachus, the Roman God of Wine, has stood as the largest Roman edifice outside Italy. Dating back even further, more than 4000 years ago the Phoenicians introduced their grape growing expertise and wine making skills to other parts along their trade routes, launching their enterprise from the shores of what is now Lebanon. The Phoenicians and their descendants spread their commercial reach to include parts of North Africa, as well as the Greek Isles and other parts of modern day Europe such as France, Spain and Italy. This combined history is testament to the role the region played in the creation and evolution of one of the world’s most enjoyed libations. It goes without saying that wine making has had an exponentially dramatic impact on the world, both culturally and commercially.
Since the time of the Phoenicians many cultures have made their way to this region and inevitably influenced cultural and social practices. During these transitional periods wine production in Lebanon declined drastically, allowing other countries to forge ahead in this sphere, establishing themselves as expert wine makers. However, the lull in Lebanon’s wine history was followed by a resurgence in wine making in the 1800’s. Since that time Lebanon has re-established itself, utilizing resources that have been part of its historical importance, to experience a renaissance in wine production.
With an appreciation for what came before, Chateau Trois Collines combines an ancient art with modern science to become the region’s premier wine producer.