Changes in the culture of wine consumption have led to growth in the industry. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Enthusiasts descended on the Beirut Hippodrome Wednesday night to taste wines produced around Lebanon at the opening night of the annual Vinifest Wine Festival.Farah, whose interest in wine was first sparked when she visited a wine festival in Greece at the age of 14, has been running Vinifest since its inception.While previously Lebanese consumers considered local wines to be inferior to European wines, events like Vinifest have encouraged consumers to try home-grown offerings.Perceptions of Lebanese wine are not just changing domestically – exports are on the rise, with more than 40 percent of wine produced in Lebanon being sold abroad.Farah thinks Lebanese wine is growing in popularity abroad because, and while it is possible for Lebanon's winemakers to produce a wine of similar quality to those in France, the country's geography makes Lebanese wine unique. The chateau, which started producing wine in 2004, produces 50,000 bottles a year.
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