Lecture and Wine Tasting: “Heirs of Bacchus: The Story of the Lebanese Wine Industry”


The LAU-NY Academic Center is co-sponsoring a lecture followed by a wine tasting event with the Union Vinicole du Liban (UVL) & the Consulate General of Lebanon in New York on Thursday, November 12.

Lebanese wine connoisseur Michael Karam will deliver an illustrated lecture on the evolution of the Lebanese wine industry from its inception to the present day.

The talk will give an overview of the country’s 5000-year-old wine tradition, from the Phoenicians to the Ottomans to the French mandate period. 

It will then dive into the structure of the modern industry; where Lebanon ranks in the global wine market in terms of current trends and reputation, and the steps the country could take to enhance their position in that market.

Following the lecture, wines from several Lebanese producers will be served, representing wineries that can act as models for potential investors. The tasting will be accompanied by an explanation of the character of many wines coming from Lebanon today.

Karam is a journalist, wine writer and occasional judge. His writing has appeared in Decanter, Harpers Wine Weekly, others.