Morocco is a traveler's paradise. Whether you're interested in the gardens at Ville Nouvelle, the Bahia Palace in Marrakesh or the marketplace in the capital of Ouarzazate; there's something for everyone. But there's a little-known secret coming out of Morocco that's making a big splash lately... Moroccan wine.
Winemaking in Morocco has a vast history. There is evidence that this northern region of Africa produced wines as far back as 2,500 years ago. The biggest influence in the winemaking industry here occurred around the turn of the 20th century when French colonists infiltrated Morocco and introduced viticulture to the land. The French made a significant impact in the wine industry during this time up until they relinquished control of Morocco in 1956. Over the next 40 plus years, Moroccan vineyards had depleted and were thought to have ceased for good.
Following the independence from France, Islamism became increasingly active in Morocco. In the Islamic culture alcohol is frowned upon, so understandably the production of wine in such circumstances can prove challenging. It wasn't until King Hassan II, who campaigned for ten years to bring in overseas interests in cultivating Moroccan vineyards, that the wine began to flow again.
Now, although still largely an Islamic culture, the wine is flourishing quietly, yet phenomenally throughout approximately 30,000 acres of vineyards. Not only does Moroccan wine come with such vibrant history, it is perhaps some of the most quality wine produced. Because of Morocco's combined soaring mountains and refreshing coastal air of the Atlantic ocean, the environment is naturally best equipped to produce ideal vineyards creating rich and flavorful wines. It's no wonder Morocco gives way to the new booming trend in the wine industry as the best-kept secret in a bottle.
Of the seven wine regions in Morocco, six are located in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, on the Atlantic coast. The wine produced here is like no other in the world. The unique combination of high altitude in an otherwise desert region, along with the cooling effect that the ocean provides, preserves the acidity in the grapes; giving this wine its unique taste.
Most of the wine produced in Morocco is red, and include varieties such as Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. For those who prefer white, try a Chardonnay, Chenin blanc or Sauvignon blanc.
At Kous Kous we believe that dining is a pleasure that is best shared with family and friends. Eating Moroccan style is never done alone or in a hurry. We invite you to experience the exotic flavors of Moroccan cuisine made from the freshest ingredients available. Make your reservations today.