Situated 16 kilometres from Beirut in the area known as Mount Lebanon, Château Belle-Vue is owned and run by Naji and Jill Boutros. Having left Lebanon for London at the age of 17, Naji gained qualifications in electrical engineering followed by time in New York working as an investment banker. He and Jill lived in London for 10 years, before returning to Naji's childhood village in Lebanon in order to initiate a project which could help revive a deflated local community. In the spring of 2000, the first vines were planted, and Chateau Belle-Vue was born. Naji and Jill employ local craftsman, and donate $1 per bottle sold to fund scholarships for needy children at the village school. A minimum of ten students each year are directly impacted by this contribution.
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