If you fancy yourself a bit of a wine aficionado, chances are you’ve heard of Château Musar. This is one of the most renowned vineyards in Lebanon, founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar with a range of red, white, rose, and arak – a traditional Lebanese spirit. It’s still a family business today, with Hochar’s sons and grandsons still taking care of the winery. Many of Musar’s wines are exported, so this is the brand you’ll find most commonly sold abroad and in the UK.
Château Musar’s grapes are grown in the Bekaa Valley, but the winery that you will visit and where the grapes are processed and stored is in the village of Ghazir, about an hour north of Beirut. On the tour you’ll be given a full explanation of each of Musar’s wines, visit the production area and cellars, then try each wine in their selection – including a vintage of one of their famous reds.