Lebanese Festival Ottawa 2007
In the heart of the Bekaa, near Zahle and Baalbeck, lies the
Ksara estate, so named because it was the site of a ksar, or
fortress, at the time of the Crusades. The property was
acquired by the Jesuit Fathers in 1857 when it was already
famed as a vineyard and they perpetuated the tradition of
winemaking. With the directives of the Vatican II synod the
Fathers decided to sell the estate in conformity.
Ksara's natural wine cellar was a grotto discovered by the
Romans who consolidated part of the vault and dug several
narrow tunnels from the cave into the surrounding chalk.
These tunnels were enlarged to their present size during
world war I when the Jesuit Fathers sought to alleviate
famine in Lebanon by creating employment. Today, Ksara
produces wines with strong personalities, achieving a rare
conditions of dry fruitiness, delicacy and robustness. Wines
that leave an imprint on the memory which is as long as
their history, and that has received hundreds of
It is the perfect venue for wine tasting for wine lovers.