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Lebanon’s Vinifest returns as local wineries face uncertain future

The Middle East’s biggest wine industry showcase returns for its 13th edition with its first full physical event in three years, amid Lebanon's harsh economic conditions.
Vinifest returns to Lebanon with its first physical event since 2019, gathering dozens of wineries at the Beirut Hippodrome, October 2022.

This October saw the return of Lebanon’s much-beloved Vinifest, the Middle East’s largest gathering of regional winemakers, with dozens of small and large wineries eager to present their wares to industry insiders and the general public.

Despite being unable to hold physical events since 2019 due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic on travel and large social gatherings, the 13th edition — with support from the Netherlands, USAID and the QOOT Lebanon Agrifood Innovation Cluster — is their largest yet, bringing together more businesses and eventgoers than ever before at the Beirut Hippodrome.

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