Producing unique wines from an ancient tradition, Château Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000-year winemaking history and his travels in Bordeaux. The late Serge Hochar, Gaston’s eldest son, became the winemaker in 1959. Today, Serge’s two sons, Gaston and Marc, oversee all aspects of production.
The winery is in Ghazir, 24 kilometres north of Beirut, situated in the family’s 18th century castle overlooking the Mediterranean. The vineyards themselves are across the mountains to the east of Beirut, in the fertile and sunny Beqaa Valley. Planted at an elevation of 1,000 metres, the grapes benefit from the subsequent cool nights, which lengthen the crucial ripening process. Organic from the outset (and the first estate in Lebanon to be organically certified), all the Château Musar wines are produced naturally, following a non-interventionist wine making philosophy. Incredibly complex, and sought after by sommeliers and collectors alike, all are aged in barrel for three years and another four in bottle before release.
The story of Château Musar is inextricably linked to Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990) and the Hochar family’s perseverance throughout the 20-year conflict. Despite adversity and struggle, they lost only two vintages. Serge Hochar was Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984, for his dedication to producing such superb quality wines in the face of war.