|The hotbed of Shi’ite militancy in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon is also a promising wine growing region. Alcohol production might seem out of place in the Middle East but viniculture has a long history in the Bekaa valley. In fact, the Romans built a temple to the wine god Bacchus here thousands of years ago. And it was the Arabs who invented the art of distilling fermented beverages into alcoholic spirits.|
Today Lebanon produces 6 million bottles of wine a year. Read about the Table Wines of the Hizballah Heartland.