Lebanon, Travel

209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun tour and a dinner by the sea

I was invited to join a special secret wine tour with 209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun along with other wine enthusiasts.

About 209 Lebanese Wine

For those of you who don’t already know (shame on you), 209 Lebanese Wine is an online platform that delivers Lebanese wine from all over Lebanon right to your doorstep! Browse for any wine of your preference at your desired budget – it’s even categorized by meal category (i.e. fish, meat, etc.). A chat option is also available if you need any assistance selecting your wine 😉 Being a part of their “Wine Club” gives you the opportunity to join 209 Lebanese Wine on some of their organized wine tours and other special events in Lebanon.

Our Secret Wine Tour with 209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun

We all met up in Dbayeh to hop on our private bus for the day and we were off. We weren’t told our wine destinations for the day for a bit of mystery.

I’ll just reveal the secret for you since I know you’re on your toes dying to know where our first stop for wine in Batroun was 😉

Sept Winery was our first “secret” winery stop on our tour with 209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun ’s Village of “Nahla”.

209 Lebanese Wine Batroun Nature Lebanon

209 Lebanese Wine Batroun Vineyard Lebanon

Fun fact, “Nahla” in English is “bee”, which by the way is my least favourite insect. Even though these annoying (and slightly terrifying) buzzing insects make one of my favourite products: honey! Check out how I ran away like a girl on our beekeeping tour with Atelier du Miel.

Our group enjoyed a traditional Lebanese saj breakfast on the garden terrace before we were off to the winery.

Lebanese Fruits Mountains Figs Organic Batroun

Lebanese Breakfast Saj Manakish Keshek Zaatar

Lebanese Fruits Mountains Figs Organic Batroun

Lebanese Breakfast Saj Manakish Keshek Zaatar

Sept Winery is probably the first in Lebanon to produce biodynamic wine – meaning there is no intervention in the wine making process at all. So we were pretty intrigued and eager to be among the first to try it!

209 Lebanese Wine Sept Winery Batroun

209 Lebanese Wine Sept Winery Batroun

I personally love white wine. This Lebanese winery located in Batroun uses the oldest white grape in Lebanon called the “3abyade” – an indigenous Lebanese variety.

Lebanese Wine Tasting Batroun Tour Lebanon

Lebanese Wine Batroun Sept Winery Maher

Maher, the founder of Sept Winery, also introduced us to his mistress, Syrah. Not his actual mistress – I’m talking about red red wine. This red wine comes from the terroir of Batroun – it has a very distinct flavour.

Syrah Lebanese Wine Sept Winery Batroun

Syrah Lebanese Wine Sept Winery Batroun
With the founders of 209 Lebanese Wine (Left) and Sept Winery (Right)

Because Sept Winery sources grapes from different terroirs in Lebanon, it’s described as “un vin de lieu”.

Lebanese Batroun Wine Tasting Red White

Tipsy and feeling a little more wine-ducated, it was time for stop number 2!

Our next stop was Aurora, named after the village “3awra”.

209 Lebanese Wine Batroun Tour Aurora

A picturesque picnic was prepared for us under the trees. During our second wine tasting of the day with 209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun, we learnt more about the family-owned brand passed down from generation to generation.

209 Lebanese Wine Batroun Tour Aurora

209 Lebanese Wine Batroun Tour Aurora

My favourite was the Chateau red wine, a medium to full bodied wine. We munched on some cheese, cold cuts, nuts, and dried fruit as we sipped our chilled wine and lounged about in the garden.

Lebanese Cheese Wine Batroun Aurora

Lebanese Cheese Wine Batroun Aurora

209 Lebanese Wine Tour Tasting Batroun

Our last stop was a newly opened seafood restaurant by the port of Batroun: Bistr’eau.

209 Lebanese Wine Tour Batroun Mountains

I loved the atmosphere by the sea and the contagious positive vibes. It could also be the wine talking. The food was delicious – don’t expect the standard Lebanese seafood spread! Each dish has been revamped and reinvented in taste and presentation.

My favourite was the seared fresh tuna salad with spicy sesame dressing as well as their absolutely delicious wedges. Yes, I’m praising their wedges because they were awesome and I love batata.

Bistreau Batroun Seafood Lebanese restaurant salad

Moving on….

At Bistr’eau, we tasted wine from the third and final winery, Batroun Mountains.

This family-owned winery specializes in organic wine, since the family too eats organic. Our group sampled 3 different types of wine – the Chardonnay was my favourite of the lot.

Batroun Mountains Organic White Wine Tasting

Batroun Mountains Winery Organic Vintage Vineyard

Batroun Mountains Winery Organic Vintage Vineyard
The lovely owners of Batroun Mountains Winery

So that’s the end of the 209 Lebanese Wine in Batroun tour guys – I hope you enjoyed the read! Stay tuned for more of my adventures in Lebanon and overseas travels by subscribing to the blog 🙂

Cheers!

Lebanese Wine in Batroun Sept Winery


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