(Reuters) - Lebanese wine-maker Serge Hochar, whose Chateau Musar won international acclaim and led the way in popularizing his country's wines overseas, has died, his family said on Friday.
"The father of Lebanese wine and the man behind Chateau Musar recognition worldwide is watching us from the stars," the family said in post on Chateau Musar's Facebook page.
Chateau Musar family lost the father the brother and the mentor Serge Hochar, no words can describe the pain and sorrow that family and members of Chateau Musar feels. Life will not be the same but it will continue; that's what he wanted from us to believe if he was among us. The father of Lebanese wine and the man behind Chateau Musar recognition worldwide is watching us from the stars. He always believed in adding life to his years instead of years to his life and that's what he accomplished.
Rest in peace Serge Hochar, the flame will continue like you always wanted.
"He always believed in adding life to his years instead of years to his life and that's what he accomplished."
Hochar took over his father Gaston's vineyard in 1959 after studying the wine business in Bordeaux, France. The chateau's reds, especially the 1967 Musar, won international approval and helped put Lebanon's modern-day wine-making on the map.
He was named Decanter magazine's Man of the Year in 1984 for continuing to produce wine during Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, mostly from vineyards in the Bekaa Valley.
Serge Hochar will be missed...