Wine from a country new to me

Having searched out odd wines during many years of drinking I was delighted to have a wine from a country I’ve never had. Indeed if asked, I’d have guessed they didn’t make wine there, but Jordan does.

My son went to Jordan on business and he brought back a bottle of

2020 Jordan River Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Jordan, Madaba)

Which we had with dinner on Friday and jolly good it was too. Although I think it could have been better with longer in the bottle. Having spent 12 months in French oak barrels, it was closed and tannic. My son said he’d had their non-reserve unoaked Cab Sauv in Jordan and really enjoyed them.

Unfortunately he brought only one bottle, for which he was criticised by his partner, but as the bottle weighed a hefty 1.65 Kg, I understood. Hopefully he will return to Jordan next year.


Wine in Jordan has a long history…

Jeremiah 48: I weep for you, as Jazer weeps, you vines of Sibmah. Your branches spread as far as the sea; they reached as far as Jazer. The destroyer has fallen on your ripened fruit and grapes. Joy and gladness are gone from the orchards and fields of Moab. I have stopped the flow of wine from the presses;

(I confess I didn’t know this off the top of my head)


Didn’t they used to do something clever with water, back in the day :innocent:


Interesting, was that before or after The Romans got there.

Not in Jordan. The Cana of the miracle is thought to be in Galilee, or possibly in today’s Lebanon.

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Jeremiah was writing in about 600 BC, when Babylon was the dominant force in the region, so over 500 years before the Romans arrived.

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