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LEGACY

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Ever since it was founded in 1857, Château Ksara has embodied the core values of Tradition, Nobility, and Modernity. As Lebanon’s oldest winery, we have made it our mission to not only continue our centuries-old practice of winemaking, but to also implement the newest and most innovative processes to set standards in winemaking for generations to come.

WINEMAKING SINCE 1857

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1857

Pioneers in the Bekaa

Jesuit monks inherit a 25-hectare plot of land situated between Tanail and Zahle in the Bekaa Valley. Resident priest Father Kirn recognized the potential of the terroir and convinced the other priests to plant French vines imported from Algeria. In doing this the Jesuits produced Lebanon’s first “dry wine,” and laid the foundations of the country’s modern wine industry.

1857

Pioneers in the Bekaa

Jesuit monks inherit a 25-hectare plot of land situated between Tanail and Zahle in the Bekaa Valley. Resident priest Father Kirn recognized the potential of the terroir and convinced the other priests to plant French vines imported from Algeria. In doing this the Jesuits produced Lebanon’s first “dry wine,” and laid the foundations of the country’s modern wine industry.

1898

The Roman caves are discovered

Roman era cellars are unearthed after the Jesuits try to smoke out a fox that has been killing their chickens. Until then, good storage for keeping wine at the correct temperature had been hard to come by and the priests celebrate their good fortune. Since then, the 2-kilometer caves, which maintain a constant temperature and hygrometry throughout the year, have played a key role in aging Chateau Ksara’s premium wines.

1898

The Roman caves are discovered

Roman era cellars are unearthed after the Jesuits try to smoke out a fox that has been killing their chickens. Until then, good storage for keeping wine at the correct temperature had been hard to come by and the priests celebrate their good fortune. Since then, the 2-kilometer caves, which maintain a constant temperature and hygrometry throughout the year, have played a key role in aging Chateau Ksara’s premium wines.

1902

A Bekaa landmark

The Middle East’s first observatory is established at Ksara so that the monks can diligently record rainfall and seismic activity. The building, which was to become a strategic Bekaa landmark in times of both peace and war, is the second Chateau Ksara icon to have a wine, Blanc de L’Observatoire, named in its honor. The first, Le Prieure, is named after the bell tower above the chapel.

1902

A Bekaa landmark

The Middle East’s first observatory is established at Ksara so that the monks can diligently record rainfall and seismic activity. The building, which was to become a strategic Bekaa landmark in times of both peace and war, is the second Chateau Ksara icon to have a wine, Blanc de L’Observatoire, named in its honor. The first, Le Prieure, is named after the bell tower above the chapel.

1920

The French arrive

The new post-Ottoman era saw the arrival of tens of thousands of French civil servants and soldiers, all of whom needed a regular supply of wine. The Jesuits, who until this point had made wine for their own consumption in Lebanon and abroad, sell their wine under the label Caves de Ksara.

1920

The French arrive

The new post-Ottoman era saw the arrival of tens of thousands of French civil servants and soldiers, all of whom needed a regular supply of wine. The Jesuits, who until this point had made wine for their own consumption in Lebanon and abroad, sell their wine under the label Caves de Ksara.

1973

The Jesuits sell!

The Vatican encourages its monasteries and missions around the world to sell off any commercial assets. By then, Château Ksara is producing 1.5 million bottles annually. But the monks’ success is now deemed to be at odds with their religious work and Château Ksara was optioned to a consortium of wine loving investors who are keen to preserve the heritage of the historic winery.

1973

The Jesuits sell!

The Vatican encourages its monasteries and missions around the world to sell off any commercial assets. By then, Château Ksara is producing 1.5 million bottles annually. But the monks’ success is now deemed to be at odds with their religious work and Château Ksara was optioned to a consortium of wine loving investors who are keen to preserve the heritage of the historic winery.

1991

New exciting varieties are planted

In 1991, Château Ksara is the first to plant new grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. No one – at least the local farmers – believe these grapes would survive in Bekaa Valley’s relatively untested terroir. But eventually they are convinced as the grapes thrive and herald a new and exciting era for the Lebanese wine industry.

1991

New exciting varieties are planted

In 1991, Château Ksara is the first to plant new grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. No one – at least the local farmers – believe these grapes would survive in Bekaa Valley’s relatively untested terroir. But eventually they are convinced as the grapes thrive and herald a new and exciting era for the Lebanese wine industry.

CERTIFICATES

Words from Zafer Chaoui, Chairman of Château Ksara

LEVEL 1

AWARD IN WINES

A beginner level introduction to wine suitable for those
starting a wine career or prusing an interest in wine
Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

– THE MAIN TYPES AND STYLES OF WINE
– COMMON WINE GRAPES AND THEIR CHARACTERISTICS
– HOW TO STORE AND SERVE WINE
– THE PRINCIPLES OF FOOD AND WINE PAIRING
– HOW TO DESCRIBE WINE USING THE WSET LEVEL 1
SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO TASTING WINE® (SAT)

COURSE DELIVERY

This qualifcation has a minimum requirement of six guided learning hours with a WSET course provider.*

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions.
A note 70% is required pass.

LEVEL 2

AWARD IN WINES

WSET’s Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts. Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and pin, and will be able to use to the use the associated WSET certified logo.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

– HOW ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, GRAPE-GROWING,
WINEMAKING AND MATURATION OPTIONS INFLUENCE THE STYLE
AND QUALITY OF WINES MADE FROM PRINCIPAL GRAPE VARIETIES

– THE STYLE AND QUALITY OF WINES MADE FROM 22
REGIONALLY IMPORTANT GRAPE VARIETIES AND PRODUCED IN OVER
70 GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GIS) AROUND THE WORLD

– HOW GRAPE VARIETIES AND WINEMAKING PROCESSES
INFLUENCE KEY STYLES OF SPARKLING AND FORTIFIED WINES

-KEY LABELLING TERMS USED TO INDICATE ORIGIN, STYLE AND
QUALITY

– PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES INVOLVED IN THE STORAGE AND
SERVICE OF WINE

– PRINCIPLES OF FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

-HOW TO TASTE AND DESCRIBE WINE USING THE WSET LEVEL 2
SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO TASTING WINE®(SAT)

COURSE DELIVERY

This qualification has a minimum requirement of six guided learning hours with a WSET
course provider.*

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions.
A note 55% is required pass.

LEVEL 3

AWARD IN WINES

An advanced level qualification for professionals working
in the wine industry and for wine enthusiasts.
Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and pin, and will
be able to use to the use the associated WSET certified logo.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

UNIT 1
– THE KEY FACTORS IN THE PRODUCTION OF
WINE: LOCATION, GRAPE GROWING, WINEMAKING,
MATURATION AND BOTTLING
– HOW THESE KEY FACTORS INFLUENCE THE KEY
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRINCIPAL STILL, SPARKLING
AND FORTIFIED WINES OF THE WORLD
– HOW TO APPLY YOUR UNDERSTANDING TO
EXPLAIN WINE STYLE AND QUALITY

UNIT 2

– HOW TO TASTE WINES, DESCRIBE THEIR
CHARACTERISTICS AND EVALUATE
THEIR QUALITY, USING THE WSET LEVEL 3 SYSTEMATIC
APPROACH TO TASTING WINE® (SAT)

COURSE DELIVERY

This qualification has a minimum requirement of 84 hours of study time,
including 30 hours of classroom

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1 is assessed by a closed-book exam of 50 multiple-choice questions
and a paper of shirt written answers.
Unit 2 is assessed by a blind tasting of two wines.
A note of 55% on each unit is required to pass.

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              LEVEL 2

              AWARD IN WINES

              WSET’s Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner- to intermediate-level qualification
              exploring wines, suitable for industry professionals and wine enthusiasts.
              Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and pin, and will
              be able to use to the use the associated WSET certified logo.

              wsetglobal.com

              WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

              – HOW ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, GRAPE-GROWING,
              WINEMAKING AND MATURATION OPTIONS INFLUENCE THE STYLE
              AND QUALITY OF WINES MADE FROM PRINCIPAL GRAPE VARIETIES

              – THE STYLE AND QUALITY OF WINES MADE FROM 22
              REGIONALLY IMPORTANT GRAPE VARIETIES AND PRODUCED IN OVER
              70 GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GIS) AROUND THE WORLD

              – HOW GRAPE VARIETIES AND WINEMAKING PROCESSES
              INFLUENCE KEY STYLES OF SPARKLING AND FORTIFIED WINES

              -KEY LABELLING TERMS USED TO INDICATE ORIGIN, STYLE AND
              QUALITY

              – PRINCIPLES AND PROCESSES INVOLVED IN THE STORAGE AND
              SERVICE OF WINE

              – PRINCIPLES OF FOOD AND WINE PAIRING

              -HOW TO TASTE AND DESCRIBE WINE USING THE WSET LEVEL 2
              SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO TASTING WINE®(SAT)

              COURSE DELIVERY

              This qualifcation has a minimum requirement of six guided learning hours with a WSET
              course provider.*

              ASSESSMENT

              Assessment is by a closed-book exam of 30 multiple-choice questions.
              A note 55% is required pass.

              For registration, please contact Najwa Chaddad at

              nchaddad@ksara.com.lb