August 23, 2013
In Syria, Winemakers Attempt the Perfect Vintage Among War

Winemakers around the world share some of the same concerns, such as the weather, fermentation, critical reviews, and sales. But for winemakers in Syria and Lebanon, those concerns are compounded by a war that has been raging at their doorsteps for years. The challenges they face — employee safety, operational disruptions, and a long history of local turmoil — shed new light on the lengths winemakers in warzones will go to.
”We have to keep going,” said Karim Saadé, whose family owns Château Bargylus near Latakia, Syria and Château Marsyas in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. ”We’ve gone through so many hardships, as a family, as a people. It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last. You need to stay, to persevere. Through resiliency, you need to get to the best.”
Read more. [Image: Jamal Saidi/Reuters]

In Syria, Winemakers Attempt the Perfect Vintage Among War

Winemakers around the world share some of the same concerns, such as the weather, fermentation, critical reviews, and sales. But for winemakers in Syria and Lebanon, those concerns are compounded by a war that has been raging at their doorsteps for years. The challenges they face — employee safety, operational disruptions, and a long history of local turmoil — shed new light on the lengths winemakers in warzones will go to.

”We have to keep going,” said Karim Saadé, whose family owns Château Bargylus near Latakia, Syria and Château Marsyas in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. ”We’ve gone through so many hardships, as a family, as a people. It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last. You need to stay, to persevere. Through resiliency, you need to get to the best.”

Read more. [Image: Jamal Saidi/Reuters]

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