Did you know that there are some wonderful wineries in Morocco? Not only that, Moroccan wine is well-respected in the industry. So if you are a wine connoisseur planning a Moroccan get-away, be sure to read on!
There Are Wineries in Morocco
Wine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Morocco. And since Morocco is a Muslim country, many people are surprised to hear that there is a wine industry there at all. But Morocco has produced wine for hundreds of years, since the days of the Phoenicians and Romans. Wine production rates have varied through history. But the superior growing conditions in Morocco is well-known. Currently, Morocco has a total of five wine regions and 14 areas with an AOG (Designations of Guaranteed Origin). After Algeria, Morocco produces more wine than any other Arab country.
If you are a wine connoisseur planning a vacation to Morocco, you will be happy to know that there is plenty of wine to be enjoyed there, if you know where to look. Wine can be found in certain restaurants and supermarkets, particularly those that cater to tourists. There are certain areas of the country that are “dry” of wine and other alcoholic beverages. And alcohol is further restricted to only certain tourist areas during Ramadan. But if you are looking to explore the wine country of Morocco, there are a few great places to check out. There are even wine tours in Morocco, which can be a great way to travel, especially for first-time visitors.
Chateau Roslane, Meknes
Chateau Roslane – El Hajeb Province, Meknes-Tafilalet, Morocco. Website: www.roslaneboutiquehotel.com
The utterly enchanting Chateau Roslane is a vineyard, and so much more. This peaceful location is a true getaway for travelers looking for the best of the Moroccan wine country. In addition to nearly 2000 acres of vineyards and gardens, Chateau Roslane is also a luxurious boutique hotel and spa. Not only that, this magical vineyard is the first and only true “Chateau” in Morocco.
Located in the Meknes region of the country, approximately 5 hours drive from Marrakesh and 2.5 hours from Casablanca, the Chateau Roslane is romantic and beautiful, yet modern and sophisticated. For the ultimate escape from it all, consider staying in one of the relaxing rooms and suites. Enjoy luxury toiletries and bedding, private balconies, and free wifi, along with in-room minibars. They also offer on-site gourmet dining, a lovely lounge where you relax over cocktails, and friendly staff.
The spa is a haven of tranquility overlooking a peaceful garden. Enjoy a massage, facials, and other beauty treatments, or head to the beautiful Hammam for a traditional bath.
Packages are available to help you enjoy the wine experience of your choosing. Be sure to check out their website when making your travel plans so you can see all the amazing things this wonderful vineyard and Chateau has to offer!
Domaine Du Val D’Argan, Essaouira
Le Domaine du Val d’Argan, Ounagha, Essaouira, Morocco. Website: www.valdargan.com
With 50 hectares of vineyards growing 13 different varieties of grapes, Domaine Du Val D’Argan is a tranquil sanctuary near Essaouira. This traditional winery makes some of the most delicious wines known to wine aficionados. Travelers can enjoy many of these amazing wines at the associated restaurant. And for travelers wishing to stay a bit longer, there is a bed and breakfast filled with comfortable, beautifully appointed rooms.
Whether you visit for the day or stay overnight, be sure to check out their Olive Oil, Argan Oil, and homemade fruit jams before you leave!
Domaine de la Zouina, Meknes
Domaine de la Zouina, Commune d’Ait Bourzouine, BP63 Boufekrane, Meknes, Morocco. Website: www.domainezouina.com
This beautiful vineyard, located 20 minutes from Meknes, at the foot of the Middle Atlas, offers some of the best Moroccan wines available. The 115-hectare estate is bordered by olive trees and cypresses and filled with a variety of lush grape vines. They offer four different packages for guests to visit and enjoy some of the rich and flavorful wines produced here. And for people who wish to host a wedding or seminar, there is a beautiful old villa (dating back to the 1930s) that can be booked, as well.
Wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about visiting Morocco. But, the wines produced by this North African country are well-respected in the industry. If you love wine, be sure to check out one of the wine tours in Morocco. Or consider spending time at one of the wineries if you can. That way, you’ll have plenty of pictures to share back home when you tell everyone, “Surprise! There ARE wineries in Morocco!”