KSARA

OUR LEGACY

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rom its founding in 1857, Château Ksara Estate lives and grows through the core values of Tradition, Nobility, and Modernity. And as the country’s oldest winery, we have made it our mission to not only continue our unique, centuries-old practice of winemaking, but to also implement the newest and most innovative processes, and continue leading the winemaking in Lebanon for generations to come.

Words from Zafer Chaoui, CEO of Château Ksara

WINEMAKING SINCE 1857

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1857

LEBANON’S FIRST DRY WINE

Jesuit monks inherited and began farming a 25-hectare plot of land situated between Tanail and Zahle. Resident priest Father Kirn recognized the potential of Ksara’s terroir and convinced the other priests that it should be used to grow grapes for viticulture.

It was Kirn and his fellow monks who applied their agricultural knowledge and set out to produce Lebanon’s “first dry wine,” and with it, lay the foundation of Lebanon’s modern wine industry.

1857

LEBANON’S FIRST DRY WINE

Jesuit monks inherited and began farming a 25-hectare plot of land situated between Tanail and Zahle. Resident priest Father Kirn recognized the potential of Ksara’s terroir and convinced the other priests that it should be used to grow grapes for viticulture.

It was Kirn and his fellow monks who applied their agricultural knowledge and set out to produce Lebanon’s “first dry wine,” and with it, lay the foundation of Lebanon’s modern wine industry.

1898

DISCOVERY OF THE CAVES

A grotto dating back to the Roman era was unearthed.

Until then, good cellars had been hard to come by. When it became apparent that the caves were ideal for keeping wine at the correct temperature, the priests celebrated their good fortune. Château Ksara’s caves have played a central role in the success of the winery. At 2 kilometers long, they maintain a constant temperature and hygrometry throughout the year, providing the ideal conditions for the ageing of wines.

1898

DISCOVERY OF THE CAVES

A grotto dating back to the Roman era was unearthed.

Until then, good cellars had been hard to come by. When it became apparent that the caves were ideal for keeping wine at the correct temperature, the priests celebrated their good fortune. Château Ksara’s caves have played a central role in the success of the winery. At 2 kilometers long, they maintain a constant temperature and hygrometry throughout the year, providing the ideal conditions for the ageing of wines.

1902

THE REGION’S FIRST OBSERVATORY

The Middle East’s first observatory was established at Ksara so that the monks could record rainfall and seismic activity. The building, which was to become a strategic Bekaa landmark in times of both peace and war, would become the second Ksara landmark to have a wine. The Blanc de L’Observatoire was named in its honor.

1902

THE REGION’S FIRST OBSERVATORY

The Middle East’s first observatory was established at Ksara so that the monks could record rainfall and seismic activity. The building, which was to become a strategic Bekaa landmark in times of both peace and war, would become the second Ksara landmark to have a wine. The Blanc de L’Observatoire was named in its honor.

1973

PRIVATIZATION OF THE ESTATE

The Vatican encouraged its monasteries and missions around the world to sell off any commercial assets. By then, Château Ksara was producing 1.5 million bottles annually. But the monks’ success was now deemed to be at odds with their religious merit. Château Ksara was optioned to a consortium of local businessmen.

1973

PRIVATIZATION OF THE ESTATE

The Vatican encouraged its monasteries and missions around the world to sell off any commercial assets. By then, Château Ksara was producing 1.5 million bottles annually. But the monks’ success was now deemed to be at odds with their religious merit. Château Ksara was optioned to a consortium of local businessmen.

1991-1992

THE PLANTING OF NOBLE GRAPES

In 1991, Château Ksara planted noble grapes, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. No one – at least the local farmers – believed these grapes would survive in Bekaa’s relatively untested terroir, unaware that they would in fact grow and thrive to their fullest potential.

1991-1992

THE PLANTING OF NOBLE GRAPES

In 1991, Château Ksara planted noble grapes, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. No one – at least the local farmers – believed these grapes would survive in Bekaa’s relatively untested terroir, unaware that they would in fact grow and thrive to their fullest potential.

2007

THE 150th ANNIVERSARY

The winery celebrated its 150th anniversary just as it had begun a significant expansion program. To mark the occasion, the Estate created and released its most refined bottle of wine to date: Le Souverain.

2007

THE 150th ANNIVERSARY

The winery celebrated its 150th anniversary just as it had begun a significant expansion program. To mark the occasion, the Estate created and released its most refined bottle of wine to date: Le Souverain.

CERTIFICATES

Awards

Throughout its history, Château Ksara has been the recipient of numerous certifications and awards from competitions on an international scale.

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