Couvent Rouge Racines White 2018

Type: White
Country: Lebanon
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Viognier
Alcohol Percentage: 13%

Climate: Mediterranean and a semi-continental climate characterized by cold and rainy winters and hot and dry summers
Terroir: 100% handpicked grapes. Age of vines is between 14 to 20 years old
Ageing: Traditional fermentation in stainless steel tanks followed by ageing in French oak barrels for 6 months

Color: Straw yellow with golden reflections
Nose: Aromas of apricots and pears over a floral nose
Palate: Balanced flavours of tropical fruits, orange blossom, jasmine and vanilla over a creamy and rich body

About the Winery:
Couvent Rouge is the story of a village that decided to replace its cannabis plantations with noble vine grapes. The Couvent Rouge winery is located in the depths of the Bekka Valley, just outside of a small town called Deir El Ahma. Originally known for its illicit plantations, this small village decided in 1999 to establish the “Coteaux d’Héliopolis” a co-operative, allowing the farmers to settle down in their home village.

Today, the Fairtrade certified cooperative gathers more than 200 farmers, with bio-certified vineyards, spreading on over 240Ha. Instead of selling raw materials to different Lebanese wine producers, two young and dynamic farmers, adherent to the cooperative, decided to give birth to the village’s wine by establishing Couvent Rouge, a modern and sophisticated winery that bears the name of its village. 

All grapes are both Organic and Fairtrade certified, and for more than a few years now, the village has been producing an exceptional vine grape, but also a remarkable wine. The Couvent Rouge vineyards soar as high as 1800 meters altitude, ranking it amongst some of the highest vineyards in the world. With over 300 sunny days a year, the city of sun, that nests the temple of Bacchus, god of wine, offers exceptional conditions for vine growing and wine production.