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At nearly 1,800m above sea level, Massaya Faqra is one of the world’s highest wineries. While most of the estate’s production takes place over the mountains at Massaya Tanaïl in the Beqaa Valley, Massaya’s whites are vinified here and barrels of red are aged in cellars carved in to the mountain. The complex also houses several restaurants, whose exceptional locally sourced cuisine ably demonstrates why Beirut is increasingly considered one of the world’s gastronomic capitals.
Twenty years ago none of this existed. The rise of Massaya is remarkable by any standards and even more so in the context of the bleak and derelict site that confronted founder Sami Ghosn when he returned to Tanaïl in the early 1990s.