Lebanese wine legend Serge Hochar dies

02 January, 2015

Lebanese wine industry legend Serge Hochar has died at the age of 74.

Hochar, owner of the country’s iconic Chateau Musar winery, is reported to have died in a swimming accident while on holiday in Mexico on New Year’s Eve.

Bordeaux-educated Hochar took over running of the winery in 1959 from his father Gaston who had established it in 1930.

Under Serge Hochar’s watch the winery became world famous for its wines made from Bordeaux grapes grown principally in the Bakaa Valley.

Hochar was renowned for his resilience in continuing to produce vintages of Chateau Musar through war in Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s, growing export sales as its domestic market suffered.




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