Château Ksara once again showed it was Lebanon’s leading winery in sustainability and innovation, when it teamed-up with Sicomo, a local waste paper and board recycling company in the Bekaa Valley to enhance its circular economy by using wine corks to create renewable energy.

Sicomo currently uses agricultural waste such as dry vine branches from the pruning season as biomass to generate steam, used in the drying process of recycled paper fibers.

Château Ksara's natural corks are imported from Portugal, a country famous for its cork oak forests. This tree has the characteristic of forming a cork layer of 3 to 5 cm on its trunk bark. Corks allow micro-oxygenation to take place during the aging process of the wine when it’s in the bottle.

As a natural product with a high colorific value, the wine cork can be exploited by the recycling plant as raw material. Testing has shown that 100 wine corks can produce enough steam to recycle 1 kilogram of paper. Furthermore, Château Ksara pledges to plant one oak tree with every 500 corks collected in 2022.

Two types of native oak trees, Maloul and Sindyan, will be planted as part of a reforestation plan of 3.5 Hectares of land in the West Beqaa neighboring the Barouk Natural Reserve.

You can help the winery recycle used corks and reduce your environmental impact by dropping them at Château Ksara's boutique or by handing them back to the courier during online deliveries.