Chateau Musar is Lebanon's iconic wine brand, founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930, who was inspired after a trip to Bordeaux. Musar is known for producing a red blend of French grapes, specifically: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. The winery became critically-acclaimed when Gaston's son, Serge Hochar, took over the winery in 1959.
Perfecting the Musar style, which is unequivocally unique, Serge Hochar struck export gold when auctioneer & taster Michael Broadbent named Musar 1967 as the discovery of the 1979 Bristol Wine Fair. Award-winning every year since, Musar Red is today one of the world's most sought-after red wines and varies considerably vintage to vintage in style.
Despite being set high in the beautiful Beqaa Valley, Chateau Musar has had to overcome frequent tensions and war in Lebanon to ensure it produces its wine every year.
Musar's pioneering success led to Serge Hochar being named Decanter's first Man of the Year. Unfortunately, Serge Hochar died suddenly, aged 75, on New Year's Eve 2014 and the wine world across all spectrums mourned his tragic loss. Today his son, Gaston Hochar, is head winemaker and manages operations at Chateau Musar.