History

1930

Gaston Hochar plants his first vineyards after returning from Bordeaux.

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1941

Major Ronald Barton (of Château Langoa-Barton and Leoville-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’s 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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1988

Jane Sowter joins Chateau Musar (UK) in sales and marketing covering the UK market and eventually European markets.

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1989

Chateau Musar launches a new red Wine “Hochar Pere et Fils” in the UK.

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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 to 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 wines 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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2017

Chateau Musar launches its “Levantine” red wine in the UK.

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2018

Chateau Musar plants a new vineyard in the Byblos region at 400m of altitude.

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2018

Releases of the first Jeroboam (3L) and Imperial (6L) of Chateau Musar red, vintage 2010.

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2018

Release of the first magnum of Chateau Musar white, vintage 2009.

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2019

Chateau Musar launches its new White and Rose “Korai” wines in Lebanon.

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2019

Release of the first magnum of Hochar Pere et Fils red, vintage 2015.

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