Chateau Ka of Lebanon with Ghida Kassatly
Château Ka is extraordinary story of determination and resolve. Akram Kassatly built his winery in the Bekaa Valley in 1973. Shortly after the first wines were made Lebanon was engulfed by war. The winery was forced to close forcing Akram into other businesses. Finally in 2005 he announced that he was going to try again.
Today's Château Ka is the only winery in Lebanon that produces wine entirely from their own vineyards. Akram produces both rich, concentrated reds and beautifully fresh, fruity, crisp white wines that are some of the finest in the country. Once relative stability returned to Lebanon Akram secretly began buying vineyards and in 2005 he felt able to announce that he would be building a new winery, which he promptly did.
The new winery is the among the most modern and best equipped in Lebanon and his land acquisitions, in addition to his secret purchases, make up 75 hectares of prime vineyard land in and around the Bekaa Valley near the temples of Baalbek.
The company now has sufficient vineyards of its own so that grapes no longer have to be bought from outside growers. Many of his vines lie in lands under the control of Hezbollah but, as the wine is not made there, this seems to pose few problems and indeed many of his pickers are Muslims.
The tasting will be led by Chateau Ka's own Ghida Kassatly, going through six delicious wines that truly represent the wonderful wines that this interesting wine region can craft.
Wines on Tasting (6):
- Source Rosée 2017 - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo)
- Source Blanche 2014 - (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat, Chardonnay)
- Source de Rouge 2015 - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
- Cadet de Ka 2015 - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
- Fleur de Ka 2006 - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
- Fleur de Ka 2007 - (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
Places remaining: 12
Course Date/Time: Fri 26th Oct 2018 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Fulham Wine Cellars