The beau­ti­ful district of Ba­troun is now home to a bunch of prom­i­nent Le­banese winer­ies. Le­banese map­ping com­pany pick their fa­vorites for a road trip to the nor th Le­banon re­gion that will sat­isfy your senses. All you need is a car, sun­shine, and an ear

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Head north along the coun­try’s coastal high­way for a scenic sea view. Once you pass Jbeil, keep an eye out for an army check­point from where you can take a moun­tain road that leads to Rachana, a vil­lage which fea­tures an open-air driv­ethrough ex­hi­bi­tion of splen­did sculp­tures by the Bas­bous fam­ily of artists. The art will keep you in­spired un­til you reach the vil­lage of Smar Jbeil, char­ac­ter­ized by a Cru­sader cas­tle ruin. The vil­lage is also home to Mar Nohra Church, named af­ter a Per­sian mis­sion­ary who was blinded by the Ro­mans. To­day the church wel­comes pil­grims from near and far seek­ing to be healed from eye dis­ease. Fur­ther along the road, catch your last glimpse of the Mediter­ranean sea be­fore be­ing com­pletely im­mersed in the Ba­troun Val­ley. Soon enough you will reach a fork in the road at a gas sta­tion. Take a left to reach ( – 06 720366, 03 271672, clos­duphoenix.com,) man­aged and run by a fam­ily of ar­ti­san wine­mak­ers. En­joy a won­der­ful wine-tast­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and breath­tak­ing view on the ter­race of the win­ery restau­rant (open on de­mand for groups of 10 plus.)

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Drive back down to the town of Ba­troun, and ex­pect to be taken aback by Ba­troun’s very own Hol­ly­wood sign­post – the town’s name is re­al­ized in huge white let­ters that sit at the town’s en­trance. Breathe in the moun­tain air and drink from the fresh wa­ter wells sur­rounded by end­less groves of olive trees, be­fore sa­vor­ing wine and or­ganic pro­duce made by the monks. Nearby in Bas­bina lies ( – 71 631613, ixsir.com.lb,) an­other mag­nif­i­cent win­ery in a 17th Cen­tury bas­tion. Bask in the gar­den sun­light while en­joy­ing the gifts of Mother Na­ture in a glass of wine. The

(71 773770) restau­rant is open for lunch daily, ex­clud­ing Mon­days.

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