Sea born mist hangs low, one can almost smell November in the vineyards. The grape leaves curl in fall colors and the sun has no warmth anymore, only last year’s vintage to shake the chill. Summer’s essence is held in a glass. Earths vocation and fruit lay sweetly in a bottle. You can still feel the summer’s Mediterranean sun in the bouquet of last year’s wine. This familiar scent of earth, water, and grapes is the scent of home.
The fresh flowers blooming in the spring sway with the grass to the rhythm of the wind. All of this happens so fast, so quickly, no one notices. Here in the valley, lost in their labors, people work this fertile land, alike so open and welcoming, they are. The many vineyards of this valley are like a necklace that adorns her. The sun sits above her at daytime as the stars open up at nighttime. The motionless hills that surround her are like hips altered with age.
Al-Iksir, meaning Elixir, is the purest form of all substances, a secret potion that grants eternal youth and love. It’s an Arabic word that was introduced in Andalucía by the Arabs and became to be known as elixir. Ixsir was therefore chosen as a fitting name for this new wine project. Their wines blend rich varieties of grapes cultivated from carefully selected terroirs that symbolize the diversity of Lebanon. The grapes are selected from different regions (Ainata, Deir el Ahmar, Jezzine, Kab Elias, and Niha) sponsoring sustainable development within growers’ communities. Continue reading