Château Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest vineyard, founded in 1857 by Jesuit Fathers who started farming the land to produce red wine. In their setting up of the vineyard, they discovered caves underneath the property which are thought to date back to Roman times. These underground tunnels, dug into limestone rock, are at an ideal temperature and humidity for storing wine, and they are still used for this purpose today. In the 1970s the winery was bought by Lebanese businessmen, and since then it has worked to establish itself as one of the most prolific vineyards in the country, producing three million bottles a year from 3,000 tonnes of grapes across its 10 vineyards.
You’ll learn more about Ksara’s history during a visit, starting with a short documentary, followed by a tour of the property and finally a tasting of a range of wines. There are a few levels of tasting available – from trying the basics up to connoisseur level – which you can choose on arrival.