After the Taanayel farms and the Ammiq swamps, this Saturday we invite you to go, still in the West Békaa, in the vineyards and cellars of Château Kefraya, for a break that is at the same time rupestral, lucid and greedy.

At the origin of the vineyard, a modern castle, erected on a Roman Tell, that is to say an artificial hill, at an altitude of 1000 meters from 1946 by the founder of the company Château Kefraya Michel de Bustros. There are now traces of ancient occupation there, including hypogeums from the Romano-Byzantine period. The first vines soon followed, from 1951, over an area of 9 hectares to occupy 430 hectares of land today.

Kefraya castle

First selling his production of quality grapes to other wine producers in the region, Michel de Bustros quickly considered building his own castle. This will be done in 1978, when civil war is raging in Lebanon, with the help of a French company specializing in. The first vintage will be offered for sale in 1979.

See the Photo Gallery of the vines

Today, Chateau Kefraya is one of the best Lebanese wine producers, with numerous awards won abroad and a complete product line. There is also a quality restaurant, the Relais Dionysos, and a visit to the cellars – especially the treasure room where the best and oldest wines are kept – is possible on request. Finally, after a good, well-watered lunch, a digestive walk is required, direction the archaeological site of Dahr el Moghr in the heart of the vineyard, it is a question of seeing the famous hypogeums, i.e. tombs dug in the rock.

The Kefraya cellar

The hypogeums of the archaeological site of Dahr el Moghr

Getting there

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Expert économique, François el Bacha est l'un des membres fondateurs de Libnanews.com. Il a notamment travaillé pour des projets multiples, allant du secteur bancaire aux problèmes socio-économiques et plus spécifiquement en terme de diversité au sein des entreprises.