RIACHY VINEYARDS presents to you a selection of refined, cool-climate crafted Lebanese wines.
Uniquely our own, our single vineyard wines elevate your senses with their rich flavors and aromas, reflecting decades of winemaking heritage.
RIACHY VINEYARDS marries classic values, the art of craftsmanship and innovation to produce exceptional wines that stand among the finest. We use the latest technology in combination with time honored traditions for the production of refined, cool-climate crafted Lebanese wines.
Located at 1600 meters in altitude and above in Mount-Lebanon, our estate grown grapes mature slowly allowing their exquisite character to elegantly unfold. The mountainous colder nights and milder diurnal temperatures contribute to longer ripening periods. As such, our later harvests maximize fruit quality resulting in more balanced wines with medium levels of alcohol along with sufficient natural acidity while revealing varietal character.
“As a fourth generation wine maker, my life has been influenced by my family’s winemaking. Creating Riachy Vineyards came to me as a natural progression of honoring a family tradition steeped deeply in winemaking rituals. With my latest vintage selection, I hope to share some of these experiences with you” – Imad E. Riachy, winegrower & vintner.
DID YOU KNOW?
Although wine grapes in Lebanon are traditionally planted on low altitudes such as the Bekaa Valley and coastal areas, it is still possible to produce great tasting wines from vineyards at very high altitudes?
WHAT’S THE INNOVATION?
Riachy Vineyards introduced a selection of cool climate Lebanese wines produced at high-latitude regions that are prone to high climatic variability (the vintage effect).
Located at 1600 meters of altitude in Mount-Lebanon,RV grapes mature slowly during the mountainous colder nights and milder diurnal temperatures. This yields to a late season harvest which allows RV wines to slowly unfold their unique character.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE INNOVATION?
Imad Riachy, a fourth generation winemaker chose to create fine wines at high-latitudes merging classic values and time honored traditions with the latest technology in winemaking.
His choice of altitude challenged the general belief that noble grapes such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon cannot yield fine wines unless grown in the traditional regions such as the Bekaa Valley and coastal areas.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
RV added varietal diversity and richness to the Lebanese winemaking industry as noble grape varieties grown at high-latitudes yield wines with natural acidity and medium alcohol content while grapes grown in the hot and harsh climates of the traditional regions tend to produce wines with high alcohol content and low natural acidity.
Cool climate wines further reveal their varietal character along with being fresh and enjoyable to drink.
WHO IS BENIFITTING?
Planting vineyards is an expensive long-term commitment as newly planted vineyards need up to four years to produce a harvest.
With Riachy Vineyard emerging as one of Mount Lebanon’s promising sustainable winemakers, it is contributing in preserving agricultural land, creating employment and new market opportunities thus revitalizing rural communities. Wine and grapes support a broad network of related industries, reflecting the high value added impact of these products.