In the north of the Bekaa plain is probably the oldest winery in Lebanon. In 1857 Jesuits took over the 25 hectare property and began to farm it. A priest recognized the potential of the region around Ksara for wine growing and convinced his confreres to promote the cultivation of grapes here. With their production of the first dry wine, they then laid the foundation for modern wine production in Lebanon.
A lot has happened between the establishment and privatization of the winery in 1973. For example, in 1898 a two-kilometer-long underground cellar system from Roman times was discovered that is still used today for storing wine.
The estate's vineyards are located in the northern to central Bekaa plain at an average altitude of 1200 meters, where they benefit from the natural water table. The cool winters with moderate rainfall and the dry summers make it possible to dispense with pesticides and herbicides. The grapes ripen naturally and without toxins.
As the oldest winery in the country, the Chateau Ksara is committed to its centuries-old tradition of winemaking to this day, without ignoring the latest and most innovative processes .