When you think of African wine, your mind probably jumps straight to the far end of the continent, South Africa. Yet in the foothills of the Atlas mountains just north of the vast Sahara dessert is an ancient, liitle-known wine region called Guerrouane. Wine has been made in this part of Morroco for over 2000 years, favoured by plentiful sunshine, dry conditions that ensure healthy vines and cool mountain nights. Now, obviously Morroco is a Muslim country and the vast most of the population don't consume wine for religious reasons. Yet despite this Domaine de Sahari, one of the country's biggest wineries, produces some 40 million bottles of wine per year and 85% are consumed locally. So clearly someone is drinking a lot of wine in Morroco (typically foreign tourists and middle-class locals). This example is a Morrocan-grown Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend bottled by a Bordeaux negociant priced at 6-8 euros.
Tasting notes: A deep sanguine red wine that stains the glass, its clear even before tasting that this is coming from a hot climate. Aromas are simple but pleasant - dark fruit, licorice and toast. On the palate everything is middle of the road - medium tannin, medium body and a subtle acidity.
As we braked to fuel up on water and dates, these Berber children curiously made their way towards me while taking photos of the landscape. Through sign language, they unexpectedly asked that i take their photo and show it to them. After a few moments of picture taking, the eldest girl removed her scarf smiling impishly as she exposed her beauty to the camera. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. #peopleofmorocco#berber#beautifulmorocco
Good Sunday Morning to you all from Marrakech...
Latte with almond milk, fresh cinnamon ~ omelette, with the best local tomatoes + avo...and when in a country with such a beautiful French influence, a baguette!!
Bon Apetite friends xx