IXSIR’s winery is located in the mountains of Batroun, north of Lebanon, in a village called Basbina, at 400 meters above sea level. Built underground with sustainability at its heart, the winery kept the region’s landscape intact. A 17th-century restored feudal house serves as the entrance, and symbol, of IXSIR. This house is home to a restaurant that serves a cuisine perfectly paired with IXSIR wines. The winery is built on different levels, allowing wine to be made using the method of “gravity-fed” winemaking, with very little pumping used during the process, as grapes and wine flow freely from one level to the next. The wine cellar is built 12 meters underground, thus taking advantage of the soil’s thermal consistency instead of mechanical refrigeration. Zenithal skylights on the roof maximize the use of sunlight on all floors, which reaches the underground cellar.
The winery welcomes visitors year-round, even during harvest season. Through daily guided tours, they can discover the green aspect of the winery as well as the winemaking process. They can also stroll in a botanical garden set on the roof of the winery, where they can see, side-by-side, more than 22 different grapes varieties. Recognized on multiple occasions for its green credentials, the IXSIR winery was named by CNN as one of the greenest buildings in the world and won three of the most prestigious international green architecture awards.
Date fo Establishment 2008