Wrapping up a holiday in Egypt and am drinking a wine from the grape Bannati, apparently indigenous to Egypt, labeled as Beausoleil...
Does anyone know much about this grape? Good producers, etc...? Not a lot of information locally or online. Appreciate it!
Pretty far out for a Muslim nation! While I'm not well versed in Egypt wines though they do produce more wine than Israel which is a real head scratcher.
What was the Bannati like?
Yikes, good luck. The best resource may be the winery.
According to Lawrence Osborne's book copyrighted 2013, The Wet and the Dry... the Kouroum winery, which makes the Beausoleil label that you mentioned, is the only vineyard [Menia] in the world with Bannati cultivars. (page 215)
That may or may not be true, or it may be true in part... for two reasons, 1) they might have supplied clones to others since the book was written, and/or 2) it might have been the only commercial vineyard with the variety at the time of publication, but perhaps other local people had it and made non-commercial wine with it. Just a plausible guess.
Eitherway, I'm jealous that you've tried it! I'll have to hunt the wine down, see if it's in my market.
Thanks for sharing.
There are 20 million Christians in Egypt, though, and the country has gone through decently long periods of secularism at times.. reminds me of that time I stumbled upon a really solid winery and brewery in Palestine and realized that fermentations happen in most corners of the world.