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Domaine Bargylus

Domaine Bargylus

In the north-east of Syria, the valley of the Orontes forms the link between the grassland plains and the cultivated lands. This is the cradle of the Roman dynasty of Severan, and the rich land that is home to the Domaine de Bargylus. Antioch is not far distant, and the nearby village of Deir Touma, literally “Convent of Thomas”, stands close to relics of the crusading era and the famous Saladin. Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, spreads from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa. This land is a country of mystery and legends where wine and alphabet were revealed to man and where the ancients grew vines more than 3000 years ago. Located in the hinterland of the Hellenistic city of Laodicea – the modern Syrian city of Lattakia – and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during the Greco-roman era.