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BHAMDOUN, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) TRUCK LOADED WITH BOXES OF GRAPES MOVING VARIOUS OF FARMER DRIVING TRUCK IN GRAPE FIELD NAHLEH, LEBANON (OCTOBER 3, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SEPT GRAPES FIELD VARIOUS OF SIGN READING (French): "Sept: The wine of the place" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WINEMAKER, MAHER HARB, SAYING: "In 2001, I went to France and I worked and studied there. When I left Lebanon, I was like someone who escaped, my father passed away during the civil war in 1990, and the entire time I lived in France I was nostalgic for the land of my father." SIGN READING (French): "sept: The wine of the place" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WINEMAKER, MAHER HARB, SAYING: "I started to like wine more and more and I always imagined coming back to the village to plant grapes and make wine, especially that the few memories I have with my father and grandfather at the mountains were of us picking grapes and making Arak." HARB WALKING DOWNSTAIRS TO BASEMENT VARIOUS OF HARB CHECKING BOTTLES OF WINE HARB GETTING OUT OF BASEMENT CARRYING TWO WINE BOTTLES VARIOUS OF HARB OPENING BOTTLE OF WINE HARB POURING WINE IN GLASS HARB HOLDING GLASS OF WINE VARIOUS OF HARB TASTING WINE / HARB HOLDING GLASS OF WINE BEIRUT, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) SIGN READING (English): "v33: Wine tasting room" MAN POURING WINE IN GLASS CUSTOMER AT RESTAURANT GLASS OF WINE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CO-FOUNDER OF VERTICAL 33 WINERY, EID AZAR, SAYING: "There is no such thing as Lebanese wine, there is wine from Lebanon. How is that? (Lebanon) has different wines from different areas, and it is a bit of a philosophical choice. So our philosophy is to go to each area and look at the best type, of course the production has to be small so that we can take care of it." VARIOUS OF CUSTOMER DRINKING WINE WINERY VARIOUS OF BOTTLES OF WINE CUSTOMERS TOASTING AND DRINKING WINE BEKAA, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) GRAPE FIELD WORKER CARRYING BOX OF GRAPES VARIOUS OF WINEMAKER, JOE ASSAAD TOUMA, WALKING DOWNSTAIRS TO BASEMENT BOXES IN BASEMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WINEMAKER, JOE ASSAAD TOUMA, SAYING: "Since in Lebanon we have been making wine and Arak for 4,000 years, so of course they used Lebanese grapes. When I was in France or when we would send Lebanese wine to Europe and Canada or America, they asked me: you in Lebanon have been making wine for more than 4,000 years, why do you use foreign grapes? Why don't you use the Lebanese grapes that you have? For this reason we came to Lebanon and it was easier to find the Obeidi (type of grapes) because we had been using it for Arak and wine." CHATEAU ST THOMAS WINERY SIGN READING (French): "Chateau St. Thomas" VARIOUS OF MACHINE CRUSHING GRAPES VARIOUS OF WORKER TAKING CRUSHED GRAPES OUT OF MACHINE TOUMA WALKING TOWARDS BARREL WHERE WINE IS KEPT TOUMA PUTTING WINE IN GLASS VARIOUS OF TOUMA HOLDING GLASS OF WINE BHAMDOUN, LEBANON (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF WORKER PICKING GRAPES (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WINEMAKER, NAJI BOUTROS, SAYING: "When we returned to Bhamdoun there was nobody here. It was straight after the war ended, my family and I settled down in Bhamdoun, we have been planting grapes and the village has been getting better, people are returning to the village that encourages us. It (the village) was empty before, the school used to have 30 students and now it has above 200 students, the town is full." VARIOUS OF SUNRISE
Dateline: 2018

Lebanon Wines Bring Villages Back To Life And Emigrants Home

Item ID: 110574916

By: Reuters

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