Abdullah Richi is a Syrian winemaker in Lebanon, who learned the trade when he moved to Lebanon to work in the Bekaa Valley. He works at Couvent Rouge winery in Deir el Ahmar, a city in the northwest part of the valley. Vineyard elevations are around and over 1,000 meters, which means it is far cooler than the southern valley stretches. Abdullah also makes wine under his own label called Dar Richi (Richi’s Home).
Using low intervention winemaking is Richi’s way to honor the country he’s called home. The bunches are crushed and destemmed using a small machine, and put into tank for spontaneous fermentation. Post fermentation maceration was almost 7 weeks. And then the grapes were pressed by a small, 55 liter, wooden, hand cranked, basket press. No SO2 used till the first racking, which was only 5ppm. It was racked 6 times, which just small amounts of sulfur being added each time, hence the total SO2 is 11ppm. No sulfur was added at bottling, which was in late 2018 after three years.