Trip Starts by: 9:00 AM
Tour Duration: 8 Hours
About The Tour
We will Begin the day with Chateau Heritage a family produced wine that preserves the traditions of wine making while mastering the state-of-the-art technologies in the production of varietal wines. Heritage is a new class of Lebanese wine that is created from a unique selection of the finest grapes of the Bekaa-Valley. It stands to be the best representation of a true Lebanese wine. Continuing in the success, tradition, and experience gained by the Touma family with their Arak Touma, the Heritage Winery was established and released its first modern wines in 1997. And so it was that in 1888, the Touma Family established one of the first wineries and distilleries in Lebanon in the small town of Kab-elias of the Bekaa-Valley to produce wine and Arak Touma, the national Lebanese drink.
We will then Continue to Chateau St. Thomas which was established in 1990 by Saïd Touma and his family on a hill overlooking the Bekaa valley, Château St Thomas estate is a vineyard spreading over sixty five hectares and a wine storehouse for fermentation and ageing. On this very land of the Bekaa valley, the Romans had once created the Temple of Bacchus, a tribute to the Roman god of wine. Throughout history, this land still shows unlimited potential to produce great wines. Château St Thomas is the masterpiece of Saïd Touma & his son Joe-Assaad. Saïd Touma, a man of passion with more than 55 years’ experience in distillation & fermentation of grape juice who inherited the legacy of producing Arak (Lebanese national drink), & passed it to his son Joe-Assaad, an agronomist & winemaker who followed in the family tradition with equal passion for great winemaking & graduated from France (Montpelier & Bordeaux).
We will end the day at Chateau ksara, the country’s oldest winery, began life in 1857 when Jesuit FATHERS inherited and began farming a 25 hectare plot of land to produce Lebanon’s first non-sweet red wine. In doing so they laid the foundations of Lebanon’s modern wine industry. Chateau Ksara Winery, which derives its name form having been a fortress, or ksar, during the Crusades. Today the site is a winery which makes a variety of wines, ranging from red, sweet, dry white, and rosé, and even Arak, the national Lebanese drink.
CHATEAU KSARA & ST. THOMAS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS