Lebanon Ksara Le Chateau

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  1. Chateau Ksara

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    Ksara Le Chateau
    Wine has been made in Lebanon since antiquity, but it was the Jesuits in the 19th century who established the modern tradition. Chateau Ksara, in the fertile Bekaa Valley around 50 km east of Beirut, is the country's largest producer. Monks first grew vines on the site of the present winery in 1857. Decades later, Roman tunnels were discovered, and these are now used to age the wine. Over the past decade, Ksara has seen the introduction of new grape varieties that have grown into vines the Bekaa valley has blissfully nurtured. Ksara has also seen developments in technique such as vines cultivation on wires and the attentive application of advanced science by French oenologists, who watch over the vinification, fermentation and decanting processes.
     
  2. Chateau Ksara

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    Chateau Ksara began life in 1857 when Jesuit Fathers inherited and began farming a 25 hectare plot of land to produce Lebanon’s first non-sweet red wine. In doing so they laid the foundations of Lebanon’s modern wine industry.
    It is worth remembering however that Lebanon’s oldest winery is merely continuing a 5,000-year-old trading tradition. Lebanon sits on the site of ancient Phoenicia, one of the world’s oldest merchant civilizations and one of the first to sell its wines to other nations.

    The Jesuits accidental discovery of a grotto, stretching over 2 kilometers, gave the religious men a perfect storing area, which was not too humid and at ideal temperature . It is dug in a limestone rock and it is believed that the grotto dates back to the roman period but its use by the ancient civilization is still unknown.

    The cave comprising 6 tunnels which cover 2 km under ksara , were discovered in 1898 and represent perfect conditions for storing wines, as temperatures remains between 13 and 15 C all year round.

















    70.000 tourists per year wind down into the dark, dank grotto peering at ancient tools and bottles entombed in dust and mildew.
    The cellars contain approximately 900.000 bottles ranging from last year's vintage to a few final examples of the 1918 vintage.