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Château Kefraya

The winery is located in the municipality of Kefraya, 20 kilometers south of the city of Chtaura in the Bekaa Plain Lebanon, It was founded in the 1950s by a banker and diplomat family, Michel de Bustros. On an uncultivated land area of ​​300 hectares on the Barouk slopes at 900 to 1,100 meters above sea level on loamy, calcareous and rocky soils, he planted vines imported from France. The vineyards in the hilly area, also known as the "panoramic plantation", are partly terraced. There, the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (with the largest extent), Bourboulenc, Carignan, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Clairette, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) and Viognier are cultivated. The first harvest was only 20 years later, the grapes were initially sold to smaller wineries. In the middle of the civil war, a winery was built in 1978. The first self-vinified year was 1979. In 1982, it was converted into a stock corporation (SARL).

To 75% red wines are produced; the most important are the Cuvée "Château Kefraya" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Grenache), "Le Comte de M" (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah), and the "Le Kefraya Nouveau" vinified in the style of a Beaujolais ( Syrah, Cinsaut, Carignan). Among the most important white wines are "Blanc de Blancs" (Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay), "La Dame Blanche du Château" (Bourboulenc, Ugni-Blanc, Clairette) and the fortified sweet wine "La Lacrima d'Oro" (Clairette) , The "La Rosée du Château Kefraya" is sorted from Cinsault. Two million bottles are produced every year, with the majority being exported. In 1999 the restaurant "Dionysos" was opened in the middle of the estate.

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