Hospitality & Tourism articles

Regulating Lebanon’s grapes

Regulating Lebanon’s grapes

Reading Time: 6 minutes Winemaking is a rapidly growing industry in Lebanon. Fifteen years ago we only had a handful of wineries to speak of; today the country boasts 42 wineries, according to oenologue and Les Caves De Taillevent General Manager Paul Choueiry. The industry as a whole produces approximately 8 million bottles (an estimate of the Union Vinicole

A tale of family and tradition

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chateau Musar celebrated its 85th anniversary in October 2015 in style with a grand party. Despite the festivities, however, the winery has suffered a solemn year, with the death of winemaker and co-owner Serge Hochar, one of the sons of Chateau Musar’s founder Gaston Hochar, on the last day of 2014. Ronald Hochar, Serge’s brother

Spreading Lebanon’s wineries across the globe

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Union Vinicole du Liban (UVL), Lebanon’s association of wine producers, was founded in 1997 to defend and promote Lebanese wineries’ interests and image abroad. It was established at a time when Lebanon was just beginning to export its wine in significant quantities, according to the association’s website. Today, the UVL represents 23 out of

New wines on the block

Reading Time: 3 minutes Although 2015 did not see the launch of any new wineries in Lebanon, two existing wineries have nonetheless expanded their product offerings to introduce new labels to both local and export markets. Executive provides further insight into these new vintages in the profiles below, including their positioning within the wineries’ product lines, their target clientele

Downtown blues

Reading Time: 3 minutes Beirut Central District (BCD) is home to flagship stores of international high end retail brands such as Armani and Hermes; it is also where five star hotels such as The Four Seasons, Le Gray and Phoenicia are located, and where many restaurants and cafés, whether in Minet el-Hosn, Zaitunay Bay or Uruguay Street, can be

The cluster men

Reading Time: 9 minutes It all began in 2005, when Rabih Saba and Marwan Ayoub, who were at the time employed by multinational companies, decided to make some extra money on the side through freelance consulting work for hospitality companies in Lebanon. They have since come a long way. Today, they are the managing partners of Venture Group, a


Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether it’s a plowing truck re-used as a makeshift bar stool, or a door frame re-used as a table, most of the furniture and objects used in Junkyard, Mario Haddad Junior’s hip bar-restaurant in Mar Mikhael, are creative reconceptualizations of junk items developed by local designer Rami el Khazen. The remaining items, such as the

It’s all in the packaging

Reading Time: 5 minutes Whoever tends to have food delivered by one of the many Food and Beverage (F&B) outlets in Lebanon will have grown accustomed to the sight of heaps of plastic or cardboard containers, boxes, bags and utensils used to package and serve their meals and meal accompaniments, all designed to deliver the food in an efficient,