"Caves de Ksara Winery Tour" Zahle Things to Do Tip by chizz

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  Caves de Ksara - Zahle - Lebanon
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We thought it might be interesting while staying in Zahle to do a winery tour of the Caves de Ksara. During the medieval period the site was once home to a fortified palace where the name comes from (Ksara is derived from Ksar which is the Arabic word for palace). Vineyards were planted in the late 17th/early 18th century and in 1857 Jesuit Fathers acquired the land, before selling it to a consortium of Lebanese businessmen in 1973.
In 1990 new management set around transforming the business into a highly successful venture as new grape varieties were introduced. Many of the wines are acclaimed internationally today. Ksara produces white, red, rose, sweet and fortified wines, Arack and Brandy.
The tour starts with a short film (in different languages) upstairs about Ksara. From here you are taken on a tour of the 2km wine cellar caves and after this you can taste the wines in the bar area upstairs.
There is of course a shop where you purchase the wines they produce.
Ksara is open: January to February - Monday to Saturday 9.00 am - 8.00 pm (Excluding January 1st & February 9th). March, November & December - 7 days a week 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (Excluding December 25th & Easter day). From April to October -7 days a week 9.00 am - 6.00 pm (Including public holidays).
The tours last 30-45 mins and are free.

Address: Just outside of Zahle
Directions: http://www.ksara.com.lb/images/Zahle.jpg

Route from Beirut

Phone: 961- 8- 813495 ext.104
Website: http://www.ksara.com.lb/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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