Housed in an 18th century castle in Ghazir, Chateau Musar is the best-known winery in Lebanon among international circles of dedicated oenophiles. Critics from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and famous wine critic Jancis Robinson have raved about the wines produced under the eccentric and playful influence of the late Master Winemaker Serge Hochar.
The winery uses a non-interventionist approach, with minimal manipulation of the land, using natural ambient yeast in fermentation, and the bare minimum of sulfates for preservation. Its grapes are picked by hand every year by local Bedouins. Vineyard soils are predominantly calcareous/limestone with gravel and stone, and the resulting wines are known to age very well. In fact, the cellars boast vintages that date back to the 1950s.
It’s a common opinion of classical musicians that great music defies linguistic description, and perhaps this attitude is befitting of Chateau Musar. Its wines are so idiosyncratic, informed and distinctive that words will inevitably fail to do them real justice. Suffice to say, then, that if one wants to converse with this outstanding cornerstone of Lebanon’s ancient history of winemaking, open a bottle of Musar and let the wine do the talking.
Tours are free but must be booked in advance.
Address and Contact
Ghazir, Keserwan, Lebanon
T: +961 (0)9 925 056
F: +961 (0)9 926 217
To reach the winery from Jounieh, take the coastal highway to the north and turn right towards Ghazir, from where you wind your way up to the castle.