Having graduated in Oeneology from the
Univeristy of Dijon, Akram Kassatly returned to Lebanon and in
1973, managed to pull together sufficient funds to build his own
winery in the Bekaa Valley.
Tragically, shortly after the first wines were made, Lebanon was
engulfed by war. The winery was attacked by the militia who, as
well as stealing everything they could, opened the tanks and let
500 000 litres of wine flow out.
Devastated at the destruction of his dream, and with 3 young
children to support, Akram returned to the family business, and
over the next 30 years, in spite of the enormous challenges of war
and foreign occupation, succeeded in growing it into a major
corporation. However, he never forgot his dream of producing great
Unbeknown to his family, he started to buy land in the Bekaa
Valley that would form the basis of their current 70 hectares of
prime vineyard holdings and finally, in 2005 he announced to his
family that he was going to build another winery.
Today's Chateau Ka is the best equipped winery in Lebanon. They
are also the only wines in Lebanon to be produced entirely from
their own vineyards, ensuring complete control over the quality of
the fruit from which the wines are made. The resultant whites are
beautifully fresh and crisp and the reds both rich and
concentrated, some of the finest produced in the country.