Back in the day, Morocco was a huge winemaking country, despite being a Muslim country. Over the years as religious issues got in the way, wine production decreased massively, but now under the stewardship of the current ruler King Hassan II.
In the last few years, there has been a real resurgence in winemaking in Morocco, with the climate. great food, and amazing people making Morocco a surprisingly good choice for the smiling grape lovers out there.
Here’s our guide to some of the best vineyards to check out when in Morocco.
Domaine de la Zouina, Meknes
Created by the wine gods the French in the early 20th century, and located (can you guess) in Meknes. the 210 acres of vineyards are supplemented by 15, or so acres of olive groves and other fruits (its olive oil is award-winning). They offer a number of wines to taste, great food, olive oil, and a view to die for. A truly great place to spend an afternoon.
Domaine du Val d’Argan, Essaouira
It’s a wine bar, its a restaurant, and its a vineyard. What else do you need? This vineyard makes reds, whites and roses over 1500, or so acres of land that they own. They keep over 200,000 bottles of wine in the cellar, and the brand is known globally for its quality. Another firm favorite for the happy grape aficionado.
Domaine Ouled Thaleb, Benslimane
And last, but by no means least this gem from Benslimane. Founded in the 1920s and located between Rabat and party town of Casablanca this label has helped lead the strong resurgence of wine from Morocco. Their signature wine is known as
Ouled Thaleb Signature, and blends marselan, petit verdot, and carmenere grapes into a super fruity zesty mix of a wine. Includes a great onsite restaurant, and again is another fabulous place to get your wine and food on.
Young Pioneer Tours can arrange independent tours to people wishing to explore the wineries of Morocco. Simply get in touch for details.