Château Qanafar is located on the oak-forested mountain above the town of Khirbet Qanafar, on the foothills of the Barouk Mountain and overlooking the Bekaa valley, Lake Qaraoun, and Mount Hermon. It lies about 70 Km South East of Beirut and about 2 km South of the village of Kefraya.
We started making wine in 2004, when George Naim planted a small 1 hectare vineyard with three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, in about equal proportions. After seeing the quality of the wine that we were able to produce, the family decided to turn the hobby into a family winery, focused on the production of high quality, natural wines. We now have 17 hectares under vine, but currently only have the capacity to produce between 50,000 to 75,000 bottles per year. We plan to increase production to about 200,000 bottles per year within the next 3-5 years, but the focus is to maintain quality.
We have full control over our vineyards and tend to them in such a way as to produce the highest quality grapes we can. We are not interested in maximizing quantity. The majority of our vines are bush and VSP trained, and lie above the village at an altitude of about 1200m above sea level. We have some vineyards at the valley floor which are at about 900-1000m. The varietals in red include: mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. In white we have: Sauvignon Blanc (majority) and Viognier, and a small Riesling vineyard.
We follow a style of winemaking centered around minimal interference: We want all our wines to be a true representation of our terroir.