From 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, Château Ksara have made it’s mission to not only continue it’s 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.
DISCOVERY OF THE CAVES 1898
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
THE REGION’S FIRST OBSERVATORY 1902
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.
PRIVATIZATION OF THE ESTATE 1973
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.
THE 150th ANNIVERSARY 2007
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.
Visits to the Estate and the caves are available year-round. Each includes a brief welcome at the winery, followed by a tour of the historic two-kilometer Roman caves, where our rarest and finest vintages are stored. The tour concludes with a tasting of a selection of our wines. Appointments are not necessary.
Visit the winery shop and discover our highly rated current releases and exclusive offerings, from rare collectibles to our extensive collection of wines and spirits.
Every day from 9 am to 6 pm, you can partake in a wine tasting session, an experience full of history, tradition, and passion.
Ksara Winery, Ksara, Beqaa Valley
Tel 961 8 813 495