In the framework of the fifth edition of the Iter Vitis Awards, the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve – one of CROSSDEV’s Hidden Mediterranean destinations – was awarded as Best Archaeological Site Iter Vitis 2022.

The Iter Vitis Award acknowledges the best practices in the field of wine tourism, as well as the initiatives that protect and promote the vine heritage, including grapevine, wine, and the landscape connected to them, also considering innovation and respect of environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Lebanon has recently joined Iter Vitis through the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa – partner of the CROSSDEV project –, as a result of efforts done to revive the inestimable heritage linked to viticulture in Jabal Moussa, Mount Lebanon.

In this context, APJM has been supporting archaeological research linked to wine heritage in the Biosphere Reserve within the CROSSDEV project, and promoted the cultivation of native ancient grape varieties on restored old terraces, with the support of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.