Chateau Trois Collines is proud to be awarded the prestigious Patrice Frank prize at the 2019 ViniFest for our Chateau Red 2017 wine. An honour from our industry – a pleasure to share our wine with you.
It isn’t rocket science to waive the banner of organic anything when it comes to food or drink, although many of us have become suspicious of what that really means and whether it is worth the higher cost. When it comes to wine, it seems the pros are really worthy of consideration. First, certified organic wine means that there are no pesticides or herbicides used in the process from growing to winemaking – something we would all love to avoid in anything we ingest.
Growers instead rely on nature (with their help) for pest and weed control, not a hard concept to understand when you think that for thousands of years farmers relied successfully on nature to be its own police, so to speak. Many scientists and growers believe that the advent of pesticides and herbicides increased, not decreased, the problems faced by growers today as these measures tend to interfere with nature’s balance. Organic wine means that you are avoiding those harmful pesticides and herbicides.
In addition, it appears that some of the after-effects (i.e. headaches) of drinking alcohol may be diminished by drinking organic wine as it does not contain additional sulfites – an additive that we should avoid in any event. Also, a very important consideration for many is the addition of sugar which some winemakers add to improve the wine’s taste and increase the alcohol content. Organic wine usually does not contain added sugar which means fewer calories – which translates to more enjoyment!
True sustainability, the ability to maintain a concern without depleting available resources when alternative resources are available, is a commitment whose rewards are all too evident. The benefits extend to the enterprise committed to sustainability as well as the environment and the planet – therefore to all of us. Wineries are especially well suited to take advantage of renewable energy by way of solar power as a resource for the energy needed to conduct their business.
The sun has always been a partner, in a manner of speaking, in producing the grape that is used to make the final delicious product. Why not utilize the sun’s energy beyond nurturing the soil and the vines and ensuring the ripening of the grapes? It makes perfect sense to incorporate this renewable power source into energy needs throughout the process from growth to production. Wineries throughout the world have begun to use this sustainable energy source to be both environmentally conscientious and to reign in the constantly increasing cost of production.
Solar panels are incorporated into the structure at the time of construction or added later to provide the means for tapping into the sun’s energy to generate the power needed for most of the operation. The winery stays connected to the grid for those times when the sun may not provide all the needed power. Overall there is a very substantial saving to winery owners and a huge appeal to a public becoming increasingly aware of our need to occupy our planet responsibly.
Climate change affects much of our planet as it disrupts nature’s routine – that built-in clock, so to speak, which we rely on to conduct certain activities such as the harvesting of nature’s bounty. No industry is more aware of the dramatic effects of the subtle, and the not so subtle, changes taking place throughout a calendar year more than the wine industry.
For thousands of years the timing of the vine’s maturity and the grape harvest were fairly predictable, but with climate change comes the need to monitor certain aspects of nature independently of a fixed calendar. At Chateau Trois Collines agricultural experts and winemakers are very much aware of these changes. They do not have to rely on the calendar to move from one phase of this delicate process to the next, but look to the vines themselves to know when the grapes are at their optimal ripeness and maturity.
Their expertise and sensitivity to the soil and the vines allows them to use their knowledge and instinct to gauge the necessary timing of each part of the process. It is this scientific knowledge, awareness of current events and a passionate commitment to the final product that keeps our experts in constant touch with the climate, the soil, the vines and the grapes – nature’s symphonic orchestration of the delicious final product revered by poets and enjoyed by many throughout the world.
Vinifest celebrated its 12th edition in a sparkling atmosphere from October 2 till October 5, 2019 in Beirut Horse Track. Corks popped to showcase the best Lebanese wines. Masters and experts of the field shared their “savoir” in a lively atmosphere with a refined audience. Music accompanied this great festival.
Château Trois Collines is proud to have been present at the 2019 edition of Vinifest and to have presented its high quality Lebanese organic wines.
Among the world-famous ruins of Baalbek is a temple dedicated to Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine. It is wholly fitting that in the vicinity of this grand temple there is a land that has waited centuries for a poetic visionary to see into its soul, to recognize its historical importance and potential as an integral part of this most luxurious wine-growing region of the Mediterranean Basin.
The successes of Lebanese wine – many of which have won international awards or received high ratings from renowned wine critics – along with the growth of the industry has made those who dabble in winemaking, or have a passion for vino, realize its potential as a business opportunity. One such person is Ziad Ammar, a mechanical engineer who tells Executive he has always loved wine. In 2013, he started planting a vineyard intending to produce wine as a hobby at a small scale. This developed into a more serious enterprise the following year when he bought a 1million meter-squared section of land in the mountains overlooking Baalbek at an altitude of 1,1550 meters — the high altitude and limestone soil in the area are ideal conditions for winemaking, according to Ammar. As such, Chateau Trois Collines (which translates into the three hills in reference to the location of the vineyard) was born with its first vintage released into the market in late 2018. While the vineyards are located in the northeastern Bekaa hills, the winery itself is in Ain Dara, Dahr el- Baidar; the grapes are transported from the vineyards to the winery in refrigerated trucks. The winery is still under construction, but when it is done, Ammar says it will stretch over 3,200-meter squares and have a 5 hectare vineyard next to it. So far, 400,000 square meters of the land have been planted with vines, with the target of planting land set at 450,000 bottles of wine as an end target, says Ammar. The remaining space in the vineyards will be used for a guesthouse – which should be operational by the end of 2019— and a small restaurant.
Chateau Trois Collines wines are certified organic by Italian organic certifying body, the Instituto Mediterraneo di Certificazione, and as such, no pesticides are used in planting, according to Ammar. The Vineyard is also sustainable, he says, explaining that the power used to irrigate is solar-based. There are eight vintages of Chateau Trois Collines in the market, selling at an average of $18. Ammar says they will soon start to export, while locally, Chateau Trois Collines can be found in select restaurants and speciality grocery stores.
Lebanese wines are a time-honored product, dating back thousands of years. There have been disruptions to be sure, but it seems that we always go back to our roots, so to speak. The location, the climate and the topography have always drawn wine-makers to Lebanon, to its mountains and valleys and to vineyards covered by the Lebanese summer sun and blanketed by its protective winters.
Chateau Trois Collines is a newer addition to wine producers in Lebanon. We have watched and learned how to best utilize the location and the climate to produce the best wine in Lebanon, taking advantage of nature to bring you the most organic product available. Our vineyards are one of the most beautiful sites in the country, from the topography to the growing vines. It was a poetic vision that brought us to this location, but it is our knowledge of the science of wine-making that has enabled us to bring you the most delicious wines available.
From the time of harvest and through the process of crushing the grapes, fermentation and clarification, through to aging and finally bottling our delicious wines, we are there to ensure that every step is done in a timely and meticulous manner, to bring you the finest wines available in Lebanon.