The visually stunning image of Morocco we often have is of sprawling desert landscapes, bustling markets rich with textiles and abundant spices under the blazing sun. Surprising to some, Moroccan geography is extremely diverse, giving way to a variety of climates, ranging from dry desert, vast coastlines and the high altitude of the mountain ranges. The expansive coastline borders the foothills which is fertile ground for vineyards, creating perfectly balanced wines. The constant cooling effect from the Atlantic ocean is a contributing factor for their success.
The deep history of winemaking in Morocco dates back the Phoenician times, continuing to the Roman era. French colonization in the late 19th century took full advantage of the perfect climate for growing superior grapes, creating a winemaking tradition that lead the way for a booming export industry by the 1950s. After Morocco gained independence in 1956 the vineyards were abandoned, until the 1990s when wine experts and investors returned to renew the wine industry to its full potential.
From the incredible range of wines made in Morocco only a small percentage are currently exported, however this is rapidly changing. The high quality of winemaking from this region is drawing attention from wine experts and wine lovers world-wide. A large amount of Moroccan wines are red, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carignan and Grenache. Also produced are varieties of Rosé, Vin Gris and white wines from Sémillon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and full-bodied Chardonnay.
The unique quality of Moroccan wines can be attributed to blending traditional methods with modern processes of production. The french influence of using traditional concrete tanks maintains the rich old world flavor imperative for superior wines of today.
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