Passion and a rich family legacy have been transmitted down the generations within the Bou Sleiman family for four generations. When Joseph Bou Sleiman assumed control at Château Oumsiyat, he skillfully merged veneration for local traditions with contemporary methods to fashion modern wines. An enthusiastic cultivator of vines, Joseph also constructed a state-of-the-art winery in Mtein village, where he crafts wines that harmonise both Old World and New World influences.
Encompassing an expanse of 78 hectares on sun-soaked and arid terrain, Château Oumsiyat’s vineyards provide an ideal environment for Mediterranean grape varieties to thrive. Among these is the indigenous Assyrtiko grape, native to Santorini. Interestingly, this grape has become the hallmark of the winery, and there are even conjectures suggesting that it could have originated in Lebanon before being introduced to other regions by the Phoenicians. Regardless of its origins, the wine known as ‘Cuvée Membliarus’, named after the Phoenician governor of Santorini, is a delightful blend featuring small proportions of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.
This white presents as fresh and fruity, brimming with flavours of white stone fruits, and carries that enticingly moreish saline note that is characteristic of the grape.
Food pairing suggestion: Barbecued sardines with chermoula sauce.