It’s a travel writing cliché, but Morocco really is a feast for the senses. There are few places on earth that are filled with such lavish scents, tastes and sounds as Morocco, with its bustling cities and stunning natural wonders.
The same is true for Morocco’s cuisine. While Moroccan food is (understandably) famous throughout the world with its fragrant spices and melt-in-your-mouth tajine dishes, its wine industry flies seriously under the radar. This makes it an even more exciting place to explore.
Moroccan Cuisine – An Utter Delight
There’s a good reason you’ll find Moroccan restaurants in just about every “foodie” city worldwide. It’s surely one of the most divine cuisines on earth, mixing elements of African and Middle Eastern cooking – with just a hint of European style to boot – to create something truly sumptuous.
Many Moroccan dishes start with a base of couscous, considered to be the national dish of Morocco. It’s a more fragrant alternative to rice and goes perfectly with the infamous delicious stews you’ll find throughout.
Rich in beautiful spice blends – often plucked that morning from the bustling bazaar – and with a delicious combination of meat (usually beef, goat or chicken) and vegetable.
It’s not just the spices that make Moroccan cuisine so famous and unique. It’s also the way of cooking – in the famous tagine, a pyramid-shaped clay pot that really allows the flavors in the cuisine to shine. If you fancy a souvenir of Morocco, a tajine is ideal – and might inspire you to cook up some Moroccan delicacies of your own.
Moroccan Wine – Parts Unknown
There are well-known wine destinations – and then there’s Morocco. In fact, even wine enthusiasts may be surprised to hear that Morocco has a fledgling wine industry that’s rapidly gaining international attention. Visit now, before the secret gets out!
Morocco has long been earmarked as a potential winemaking country, as its climate and soil is ideal for wine growing and production. In fact, North Africa has long produced wine; its credentials go back some 2,500 years.
Morocco also benefited from French influence, and it was the French colonists who first set up the industry. As a predominantly Muslim country, the industry struggled for a while – but has recently been embraced. Now, you’ll find many hotels and restaurants proudly displaying Moroccan wine on their wine lists.
Although white wines are produced in Morocco – so too are some excellent rosés and vin gris – it’s the reds that really shine. The country’s warm climate and unique terroir (especially around the base of the Atlas Mountains) is ideal for growing classic grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon. Carignan, Cinsault and Grenache are other popular grapes.
So, if you want to discover a unique and exciting wine region with a surprisingly illustrious history – contact us today and put Morocco on your next itinerary!