History

1930

Gaston Hochar plants his first vineyards, after returning from Bordeaux.

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1941

Major Ronald Barton (of Château Langoa-Barton), stationed in Lebanon during World War II, befriends Gaston Hochar, strengthening links with Bordeaux and influencing the Musar style.

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1959

Serge Hochar becomes Chateau Musar winemaker, while completing his winemaking studies at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux, under the tutorage of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud.

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1962

Ronald Hochar (Gaston’s second son) takes over the financial and marketing aspects of the winery.

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1977

Serge Hochar finalises the “formula” for Chateau Musar Reds.

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1979

Michael Broadbent ‘discovers’ Chateau Musar at the Bristol Wine Fair, hailing the 1967 vintage as the “Find of the Fair”.  Chateau Musar opens its UK Company to develop its sales into the UK market and thereafter into Europe.

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1984

Decanter magazine nominates Serge Hochar as their first ‘Man of the Year’, recognising his dedication to producing superb wines throughout Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990).

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1991

Tarek Sakr, joins Chateau Musar

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1994

Gaston Hochar, Serge’s son joins the winery, to later become its managing director.

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2003

Ralph Hochar, Ronald’s son joins the UK office in charge of sales in the on-trade.

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2006

Chateau Musar obtains its first official organic certification for some of its vineyards.

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2007

Chateau Musar launches a new range of wine called Musar Jeune

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2010

Serge Hochar receives the “lifetime achievement award” from the German magazine Der FeinSchmeker. Marc Hochar, Serge’s second son, joins his brother Gaston to help run and expand the winery’s activities.

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2013

Chateau Musar continues its expansion in South East Asia

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2014

Serge Hochar passes away

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2015

Ronald Hochar is appointed Chairman of Chateau Musar

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2015

Chateau Musar draws a big celebration at the winery for its 85th anniversary  

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2017

The Story of Chateau Musar continues

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