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T and I was founded in 1985 by Dr. Carlos Guillermo
Adem, however Chateau Fakra's roots date back 300
years to a family-owned distillery located in Kfardebian
in the very heart of Mount Lebanon, and whose members
were consults of France and Venice. The site of Fakra
possesses a long noble history reaching back to the
Phoenicians and the Roman Empire.
know-how, modern equipment and continuous research
combine to make "Arak Fakra" and "Chateau
Fakra" wines unique products on both the local
and international markets.
exceptional characteristics of "Chateau Fakra"
wines and their growing markets are major contributors
to the Lebanese wine-exports worldwide, while maintaining
their quality and prestigious standing.
variety of Chateau Fakra's Red, White and Rosé
wines owe their particularity to the combination of
the soils of fertile Bekaa valley and Mount-Lebanon.
from the exceptional characteristics of soil and climate
our wines uniqueness is due to a professional viti-oeno
follow-up of our vineyards, to the latest vinification
equipment and techniques and to ageing in French and
American new oak barrels.
Fakra took part with success in major international
wine events, allowing it to gain an unmatched recognition
and brilliant rewards (Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
as well as International Seals of Quality) by professional
panels of judges, thus confirming the Excellency of
"Chateau Fakra" wines perfectly suited to
an international class of connoisseurs.
–Un Terroir, Une Ame, Un Grand
and Foundation of Kefraya
Kefraya lies in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, lining
the steep terraces of Mount Barouk. The Bekaa Valley's
impeccable climate includes 300 days of sunshine and
some 1200mm of average annual rainfall. Along with
the Valley's fertile soil and slope of terrain, the
area's components make it ideal for grape cultivation.
Surrounded by over three hundred hectares of vineyards,
Chateau Kefraya's stately home is nestled between
the beautiful and luscious cypress and cedar trees
on a site that ranges from 900 to 1100 meters on clay-chalk
chateau's first vineyards were planted as far back
as the 1950's and more than a quarter of a century;
the vineyards have been yielding flawless wines, making
their first appearance in the Lebanese market in 1979.
then, Chateau Kefraya has established itself as a
key winemaker in Lebanon and abroad, becoming available
nationwide in Lebanon and exported to 35 countries
worldwide. Although 70% of Chateau Kefraya's wines
are red, the estate has been producing white, rosé,
sweet wines and Arak for many years now.
red wines, created from five varieties of grapes,
provide a unique taste and a complex aromatic bouquet
that is ever-changing with the aging of the respective
labels and vintages.
its establishment as a premier wine producer in Lebanon,
Chateau Kefraya has gained international praise from
Europe, North America, and Asia. To create the most
perfect blend of flavors and tastes, Chateau Kefraya's
founder, President and Chairman, Mr. Michel de Bustros,
has brought to Kefraya the classical and noble French
vines Cabernet-Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah.
the chateau grounds, Le Relais Dionysos restaurant
was opened in 1999 in order to create a perfect and
serene atmosphere in which to savor the excellence
of Chateau Kefraya wine. Less than one hour from Beirut,
Le Relais Dionysos offers a large variety of exquisite
cuisine, with the addition of wine recommendations
for every single item on the menu at very preferential
rates. With a vista of the surrounding parks, the
restaurant also has an exceptional showroom, where
customers can visit and view the various wines on
the perfect ending to a tour of the chateau's formidable
grounds, cellars and parks, Le Relais Dionysos is
open seven days a week for lunch and dinner to serve
you an array of Lebanese and international culinary
delights from appetizers to desserts.
in Lebanon has a history that reaches back thousands
of years. Over 4000 years ago, the Phoenicians sold
Lebanese wine through-out the Mediterranean region,
and they were credited with having introduced the
flavorful nectar into the Spanish and Italian markets.
Barrels of wine were shipped out from the thriving
ports of Tyre, Sidon, and Byblos to many destinations,
including Egypt during the reign of the Pharaohs.
superior quality of Lebanese wines – then and
now – is due to the fertile soil of the Bekaa
Valley. The valley's exceptional climate and the richness
of its earth provide an ideal breeding ground for
various types of grapes.
grapes grown during the Phoenician era – such
as Marami and Baytamouni – no longer exist.
They have been replaced by French varieties such as
Syrah, Chardonnay, and Cabernet-Sauvignon, which are
universal and used around the world for grape cultivation.
the last 10 years, the amount of wine produced in
Lebanon has more than doubled, and Lebanese wine is
becoming famous far beyond the Mediterranean basin.
The oldest winery in Lebanon that's still in operation
today is Chateau Ksara.
Ksara estate lies in the heart of the Bekaa Valley,
close to ancient Baalbeck and lively Zahle. The name
comes from ksar (or fortress) because the current
winery was the site of a fortress during the Crusader
era. The property was acquired by Jesuit fathers in
1857, when it already was a famous vineyard, and the
Jesuits kept up the noble winemaking tradition. The
Jesuits introduced new varieties of high-quality vines
into Lebanon that thrived thanks the Bekaa's ideal
natural caves that lie directly under Chateau Ksara
estate serve as the place's wine cellar. The temperature
inside the caves – between 11 and 13 degrees
centigrade – is ideal for storing wine. The
caves were originally discovered by the Romans, who
dug several tunnels outward from the caves. These
tunnels were later enlarged during World War I, when
the Jesuit fathers employed 100 men to dig out the
caves and complete an underground network of for almost
2 kilometers. The Jesuit fathers sold Chateau Ksara
to its present owners in conformity with the directives
of the Vatican II synod.
Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Arinarnoa. A dense deep
purple red robe. with a remarkable bouquet of dark
wild berries, and an under living of licorice, fenugreek
and carob, accompanied by a highly complex olfactory
range. Should be opened and left to an hour before
du Troisième Millenaire
Varietals: Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah
Full bodied and long keeping red wine issued out of
selected grapes from the best vineyards. Dense and
deep purple red robe, it has a fruity and subtle nose
of raspberry and black current with a vanilla character.
Numerous layers of aroma and flavour create great
And many other in Wine range….
in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. Chateau Musar started out
and remains a family concern. The stunning castle
dates back to the XVIII century and houses impressive
caves that can hold more than one million bottles.
Musar is currently run by Gaston's sons, Serge and
Ronald. Serge, the eldest, driven by his passion for
wine is largely responsible for the world wild recognition
of the vintages of Chateau Musar. His brother Ronald
handles the marketing and financial aspects of the
Chateau Musar vineyards are located at 1,000 meters
above sea level, in the fertile Bekaa Valley, whose
sweeping plains lie between the Mount Lebanon and
Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges. The Bekaa Valley enjoys
an exceptional climate, with long, temperate summers,
rainy winters and average temperatures of 25 degrees
Celsius – ideal conditions to grow grapes. A
portion of the vineyards, mostly those that produce
white grapes, are located in the Mount Lebanon mountain
range, giving Chateau Musar's white wines their own
Musar's fine wines include the Chateau Musar selection.
Available in red, white and rose, this traditional
wine is full-bodied and carry great finesse.
Père et Fils, also available in red, white
and rosé, has the same philosophy of wine making
than Chateau Musar but with an other approach to taste.
It is the taste of the wines of tomorrow.
Musar Cuvée wines, which also come in appealing
red, white and rosé hues, are lighter than
other Chateau Musar wines and should be enjoyed immediately.
This wine is ideal for Lebanon's congenial Mediterranean
clime and rich, flavorful cuisine.
dynamic red wine, Rubis is mainly produced from the
cabernet sauvignon grape variety: fruity and tannic,
it is an ideal dinner companion.
addition to a sophisticated selection of wines, Chateau
Musar also produces two superlative types of arak,
the traditional Lebanese drink made from aniseed.
Arack Vieille Reserve, is the traditional arak, distilled
three times before bottling. The other, Arack de Musar,
is distilled four times and offers a soft, lingering
taste. Both araks are aged for 12 months in amphoras.
Pierre L. Brun s.a.r.l. Producteur au Liban depuis
Francois-Eugène Brun laid the foundation stone
of Domaine des Tourelles in Chtaura back in 1868,
he couldn't have known that he had just begun to write
the marvellous story of Lebanese wine.
of what was to become one of the greatest ambassadors
of the land of the Cedars, the heart of Domaine des
Tourelles hasn't ceased to beat to the rhythm of the
celebrated vintages of the Bekaa valley's exceptional
Brun was born in Chézery (Ain – France).
This young military engineer left his village for
Marseille where he settled. Then, when hired by an
Ottoman company in charge of building the Beirut-Damascus
road, Francois-Eugène came to Lebanon and settled
in a village called Chtaura in the Bekaa Valley. Captivated
by the plain's touching charm and green landscape
that reminded him of his homeland, he founded, in
1868, the Domaine des Tourelles which became the first
commercial cellar in Lebanon producing wines, arak
(Lebanon's traditional alcoholic beverage) and other
spirits. Soon after, the distillery prospered and
flourished with high demands on the cellar's products.
Brun's passion for wine lead his reputation beyond
Lebanon as Domaine des Tourelles won, as of the 19th
century, gold, silver and bronze medals in prestigious
international wine contests.
on the ancestral tradition, Francois-Eugene Brun's
descendants preserved, in turn, the traditional aspect
lying beneath the quality of the property's products.
The last of them all, Pierre Louis Brun (third generation)
died in 2000. Domaine des Tourelles was then bought
by Nayla Kanaan Issa-el-Khoury and Elie F. Issa. The
new owners closely preserved the golden rule launched
more than a century ago: true to its exceptional history,
Domaine des Tourelles continues to display a unique
quality and refinement, having elevated Lebanon's
name as much by its wine as by its prestigious Arak
but a visit to its yellow stone and cedar wood cellars
can begin to unravel the mystery of this age-old estate.