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“The best Chateau in Zahle! Amazing FREE Tour & Tasting!!”
Review of Chateau Ksara

Chateau Ksara
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Day Tour: Ksara Winery, Lady of Zahle Monastery, Baalbek Castle and Taanayel...
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Zahle
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Owner description: Chateau Ksara, the country's oldest winery, founded in 1857 by Jesuit Fathers. In August 1973, sold to a consortium of Lebanese businessmen Chateau Ksara's motto is "Modernity in Tradition". It is an idea that captures perfectly our position as Lebanon's oldest winery and the pioneering spirit that has kept Chateau Ksara at the forefront of Lebanon's wine industry, for over 156 years. Today's wine drinkers are both informed and discerning, and therefore we are committed to producing quality wines - varietals and blends made from our 25 local and international varieties - that will satisfy all palates and suit all occasions. Not only are our wines made to the most exacting standards with state of the art equipment, they also reflect the terroir of the Lebanon's historic Bekaa Valley, an area that has been making wine for over 2,000 years. It is a legacy that we respect with every bottle we make. Brand values The name of Chateau Ksara has become associated with the three core values: tradition, nobility and modernity. These are emphasized through name and lineage (tradition); through a high-quality product (nobility) and the tremendous innovative advances made since 1991 (modernity). Visit one of the world's most beautiful Wine Cellars 7 days per week from 9a.m till 6 p.m
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“The best Chateau in Zahle! Amazing FREE Tour & Tasting!!”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

The tour of the Chateau was amazing. They start you off with a video about the history of Chateau Ksara, and then a free tour through the wine cellars that lay beneath the cheateau. The tour guide is very knowledgable about all wines and they are all fluent in English. Following the tour of the cellar they offer a complimentary wine tasting of about 5-6 wines. The tour was very intmiate. Following they take you the wine gift shop where prices are more than reasonable and the wine selection is amazing. They will box up your good which leads to easy transport to wherever your destination maybe. Wish this wine was more available in the US!!

Visited June 2013
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“Fast, faster, Ksara”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Ksara Winery looks nice from the outside and the indoor decoration also lives up to what you expect from a winery.
However, the staff does not. Since I showed up without a group, obviously the young Ladies were not willing to waste too much time on me.
About 5 minutes through the caves (very little information, told in a tone as bored as you can imagine, then a wine tasting of about the same time (now for two additional people). Without telling more than some of the grapes used in the individual wine, we were served a Rosé (unexciting), a blanc de blancs (boring), the Chateau Ksara (actually quite good and recommendable, reminding me of a mid-priced Bordeaux) and the Muscatel (25% Gewürtraminer inside, and - according to the staff - sweetened with honey?! Well it tasted kind of artificial).
As soon as a glass was half empty, the lady waved the next bottle to speed up the process. Thinking about the wine, enjoing its special flavours - impossible. After that, we were told to go see the video or not. No good-bye of course, what was I expecting, stupid me.
Well, after all the tour was free - but this left a shallow feeling. With just a little more motivation, the lady could have made me buy a number of bottles. But so, wasted time for everybody.
Maybe you are luckier than me and catch the ladies on a good day. Then this might even be fun...

Visited May 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Winery tour”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

we visited this winery in the Beqaa Valley, as we had drunk a good Ksara wine the night before (a blanc de blanc). The chateau appears obvoiusly out of context here but it is shaded from some vegetation and sorrounded by few vineyards indeed,so I suppose the bulk of the vineyards must be somewhere else in the large valley. we saw a documentary, interesting if you have not made (or at least seen making )wine yourself ever in your life; as all of our group did, we found it boring. the tour of the cellars is better, they strech along 2 km with a small part digged at the times of Romans. The place has a self service restaurant, so don't expect fine food, but you'll find cheese, salads and cold cuts which are perfect with a glass of good wine (we were for lunch at 2.p.m.). People were very nice, especially our guide. Overall a nice break from the extreme sunlight of this valley, but I would not go on purpose.

Visited April 2013
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Charlottetown, Canada
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“Excellent Tour!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Ksara offers excellent tours and tasting of its' wines .The winery tunnels were amazing and the history so interesting .The restaurant offers a good selection of food --we had lunch there. Zahle is a pretty town with its' red roofs and very quaint and typical of southern Lebanon's towns and villages.

Visited October 2012
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“If you like wine do not miss it”
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

ItS the place to go to if your a wine lover... And make sure you take the tour with a guide in the galleries and finish with a wine tasting

Thank Youssef S
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