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Lebanon sits on the site of ancient Phoenicia. Exploring Byblos Here’s the beautiful Jounieh Bay, Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon Mont Harissa, photo by Pauli Antoine
In the caves of Chateau Ksara Winery …After Ksara take a side trip to the ruins in Baalbek and visit the temple of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.
The Jesuits sold the winery to its present owners in 1973. After many years of hard work and innovations, their efforts have been rewarded with the chateau’s success as the nation’s largest wine producer, attracting more than 70,000 visitors every year. Today, one in every three bottles of Lebanese wine is produced at Ksara and exported to over 30 countries.
CHATEAU KSARA Lebanon’s oldest winery The historical Chateau Ksara is not only Lebanon’s oldest winery, it is one of Lebanon’s oldest and most successful businesses. The winery’s more than 150 years of uninterrupted production, even in times of change, is a remarkable achievement and a source of immense national pride for the people of Lebanon. The success of Chateau Ksara is a continuation of a colorful winemaking and trading history that dates back more than 5,000 years. Lebanon sits on the site of ancient Phoenicia, one of the world’s oldest merchant civilizations, and one of the first to sell wines to other nations. The passion for viticulture grew out of necessity. The Phoenicians lived in the ancient ports of Byblos, Sidon and Tyre where arable land was scarce. It made sense to grow grapes and produce wines in exchange for gold or other crops. The Phoenicians’ trading fleets carried wines throughout the Mediterranean to Egypt, Carthage, Cyprus, Greece, Rome, Sardinia, Spain, and beyond the Straits of Gibraltar to France and England.