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ABOUT CHATEAU MUSAR
The story of Musar begins in 1930 when the young Gaston Hochar, after returning from a visit to France, found the Chateau Musar in the cellars of 18. Mzar Castle founded in Ghazir for centuries. Lebanon was under French administration at the time and there was an unprecedented demand for wine. Winemaking was initially a hobby for Gaston Hochar, but a serious passion later developed after he befriended Major Ronald Barton of Langoa-Barton, who was stationed in Lebanon during World War II. In 1959, Serge, Gaston's son, became a winemaker at Musar after completing his oenology studies at the University of Bordeaux.
After many years of experimentation, Serge finally created the "formula" for the great and idiosyncratic wine in 1977. In 1979 Musar was brought to the international stage when he was hailed as the discovery of the fair by Michael Broadbent at the Bristol Wine Fair. At the same time, Musar set up his office in Great Britain.
During the Lebanese civil war, which began in 1975 and lasted 15 years, and despite all the dangers and difficulties that this situation brought with it, the winery operated without losing a single vintage. All of this despite the fact that the pickers sometimes have to take shelter from the bombardment. In recognition of his commitment, Decanter Magazine named Serge Hochar their first “Man of the Year” in 1984.
The center of the Bekaa Valley, where the Musar vineyards are located, is further south than any other part of Italy and Spain, so it has a fair amount of sunshine during the summer months. The Musar vineyards are up blessed two types: They are at relatively high elevations and have the type of limestone, gravel and stone soils that encourage the production of high quality grapes. Every Musar wine is naturally made with a "non-interventionist" winemaking philosophy manufactured. The winery was the first in Lebanon to introduce certified organic viticulture in 2006. Chateau Musar is the most revered and best known Lebanese winery in the world. In the UK, Musar is synonymous with Lebanese wine.