The winery in the 18th-century Mzar Castle in the town of Ghazir 25 kilometers north of Beirut in Lebanon
was founded by the French Gaston Hochar (1910-1972) in 1930. From 1959, his son Serge (1939-2014), who was trained at the University of Bordeaux, was responsible for the areas of finance and marketing, and his brother Ronald (* 1944). With family advice Barton
In the middle of the 1950s, the expansion in French oak was introduced. The winery suddenly became known overnight at the wine fair in Bristol, England, in 1979, when all tasters rated its red wine very highly. This paved the way for further success and brought the Lebanese wine and Serge Hochar the highest recognition worldwide. He became a heroic legend when he continued to produce wine during the Lebanese Civil War in the 1980s, although Syrian tanks were in the vineyards (only in 1976 and 1984 there was no harvest due to the war). After the harvest, the grapes had to be transported through mine fields.
Gaston Hochar (* 1966) has been responsible for the third generation of families since 1994. The winery does not have its own vineyards, but the grapes are bought from long-term contract winemakers. The stocking as well as the management and vine care are carried out according to the guidelines and under the supervision of the winery. The widely spread vineyards cover a total of 130 hectares of vineyards on gravelly slopes with limestone subsoil at an average of 1,000 meters above sea level. The extremely low yields are limited to 25 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes have to be transported around 100 kilometers from the Bekaa Valley to the winery.
The red wines are made from the French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah. The flagship is the long-lived red wine "Château Musar" from Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, which matures in French barriques for 12 months. Before being marketed, it is stored in the bottle for another four years. The white "Chateau Musar" is made from the varieties Obaideh
(Chardonnay) and Merwah ( Sémillon
) pressed. The wines are usually without beautiful
bottled. It will also arrack
called "L'Arack de Musar". 600,000 to 700,000 bottles of wine are produced annually. 80% of these are exported, half go to Great Britain, 10% to North and South America and 50% to the other countries.