Merlot is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. It is often seen as second fiddle to Cabernet Sauvignon but that is a misconception as it is actually planted more in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon is. It is known for its beautiful plummy aromatics and its soft texture which makes it a very important part in the classic 'Claret' Bordeaux blend. As such you will find Merlot almost everywhere that Cabernet Sauvignon is across the world from Lebanon to New Zealand.