Morocco is a primarily Muslim country, and I suspect that most Moroccans don’t drink wine. Ever. However, Morocco was also a French colony, and, ergo: a significant wine industry exists in Morocco.
Amira and I haven’t had any wine for two weeks while in Mocorro. We’ve been living deep inside the Medinas in Fez, Marrakesh and elsewhere, where wine simply isn’t sold. But today we arrived in Essaouira, where the wine culture is more prominent. Tomorrow, we’re going wine tasting locally. And later, we’re going to check out the Napa Valley of Morocco, called Meknes.
Oddly, the Morocco wine scene reminds me of the Mexican wine scene. A wine industry is struggling to emerge in a country of non-wine drinkers. The domestic market is brutal for them, and the export market is even worse. Still, they persist.
We’re on a quest to find Morocco’s best wines, and we’ll report back when we find some excellent ones. Stay tuned!