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Chateau Kefraya

The estate is located in the municipality of Kefraya, 20 kilometers south of the town of Chtaura on the Bekaa plain in the Lebanon, It was founded in the 1950s by Michel de Bustros, who came from a family of bankers and diplomats. He planted vines imported from France on an uncultivated land area of 300 hectares on the Barouk slopes at 900 to 1,100 meters above sea level on loamy, chalky and stony soils. The vineyards in the hilly area, also known as the “panorama plantation”, are partly terraced. The varieties Cabernet Sauvignon (with the largest volume), Bourboulenc, Carignan, Chardonnay, Cinsaut, Clairette, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano) and Viognier are cultivated there. The first harvest could only take place 20 years later, the grapes were initially sold to smaller wineries. A winery was built in 1978 in the middle of the civil war. The first self-vinified vintage was in 1979. In 1982 the company was transformed into a public limited company (SARL).

75% of 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), its, and the "Le Kefraya Nouveau" vinified in the style of a Beaujolais Syrah, Cinsaut, Carignan). The most important white wines include "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 made from Cinsaut pure. Two million bottles are produced annually, the majority of which is exported. In 1999 the restaurant “Dionysos”, which was in the middle of the property, was opened.

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