In the late 50s in a small town in the South of Lebanon, a young boy would help his grandmother pick grapes to make Arak, the national drink of Lebanon, an aniseed-based Eau De Vie. He would gaze at the sky, watch aircrafts pass by and dream about flying.
The dream turned reality: “I flew for 43 years and never worked a day in my life. During my years of service, while flying over the Southern mountains of Lebanon, my passion for vineyards made me long to be amongst the vines. And so, Karam Wines was founded in 2002 in my beloved home town of Jezzine. We were the first to plant wine grapes in the South and are the only winery located in this region of Lebanon.
This passion was passed on to my children, John and Thouraya, who spent their summers as teenagers in the vineyards harvesting grapes. We are proudly, and solely, a family business.”
Karam vineyards are situated at high altitudes up to 1,400 meters above sea level, looking to the west and facing the Mediterranean Sea, giving our wines a rounded acidity, unique freshness, moderate alcohol levels and minerality particular to the Jezzine terroir.
And even though awards are not always the best indication of the quality of a wine, it doesn’t harm to know that Karam produces one of the most awarded wines in Lebanon, with 55 awards, and counting. – Captain Habib Karam