After my blog post on the beautiful lunch and wines of Massaya, I thought I would show another of Lebanons great wines, Chateau Marsyas where I was lucky enough to be invited to the vineyards for a buyers lunch.
First we were shown the grapes and the new vats set up for wine making later in the year. After we had been shown around we sat down to this outstanding view, and some real Lebanese hospitality.
Unlike Massaya, Chateau Marsyas does not have a restaurant on site, rather, the meal set up was especially for us and what a meal it was!
Fresh saj (with za’taar for me) plenty of fresh salads, including a Lebanese potato salad, fresh thyme, fattoush, tabbouleh and a tomato and feta salad and then of course, BBQ meat skewers. We finished with arishe and raha (the Turkish delight style sweet that is to be sandwiched between the biscuits and then eaten) Oh and we had some wine too!
The white Chateau Marsyas is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with notes of white fruits such as peach and apple with honeysuckle notes and light oak. The red is a velvety blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot, a deep, spicy and plummy wine, excellent when paired with BBQ meat or a good steak. If you see a bottle on your travels (or Bargylus their Syrian wine) I suggest you try it!