Why Visit Morocco?
Morocco is known globally as a leading cultural destination but much less so as a destination for a wine tasting holiday. Yet Morocco's wine story dates back many years and its vineyards produce a surprising amount of wine for a ‘dry’ country. Much of the production is consumed within the country and can be sampled by international guests staying in the country's many luxury riads (traditional Moroccan homes with a courtyard garden). Morocco’s geography stretching from the cooling Atlantic Ocean inland to warmer mountains including the Middle Atlas Mountains, make this is a truly diverse country for wine production. Morocco is a hidden gem when it comes to wine tourism and that is part of its appeal.
WINE TASTING HOLIDAYS IN MOROCCO
Morocco's main wine producing region, home to a variety of vineyards, is the Meknes region. The vineyards here are built around the stunning sunny slopes of the Middle Atlas Mountains. A wonderful option is to combine a foodie stay in nearby Fez (Morocco's second largest city) with a wine tasting tour to Meknes. Towards the cooler Atlantic Ocean in south west Morocco, close to the coastal town of Essaouira, is the Val d’Argan region. The Winerist team recommend combining time in the port town of Essaouira, with its gorgeous beach and cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a day trip exploring the land of the Argan.
FOOD TASTING EXPERIENCES IN MOROCCO
The tagine is probably the first Moroccan dish that springs to mind and whilst this is certainly a popular dish across the country, Morocco offers much more to the foodie traveller. Spices prevail in Moroccan cuisine from the rich golden yellow of turmeric to the deep red of the bell pepper. B’ssara is a widely served soup made of broad beans and served with olive oil and bread typically for breakfast; couscous traditionally rolled by hand will appear on almost every menu as an accompaniment to many dishes. To start or end a day, mint tea is a must and the social drink of choice across Morocco. The best way to understand Morocco’s rich food traditions is to embark on a foodie tour and cookery class.
OTHER REASONS TO VISIT MOROCCO
Morocco combines beach, history and culture like nowhere else in north Africa. Beach destinations in southern Morocco include the buzzy and popular Agadir but Winerist’s choice is the quieter, unspoilt and lesser known arty vibe found in Essaouira. Culture prevails across the country and Marrakech with its glamour attracts the highest number of visitors to stay in some of the world's finest hotels. The Atlas Mountains provide walking breaks and escapes from it all while destinations including Fez and Casablanca, two of the country’s largest cities, offer plenty for the tourist to explore. Speak to the Winerist team about creating a bespoke holiday in Morocco.