PHOTO: Tunisia (Photo courtesy Tunisia Tourist Board)
Wine is nothing new to Tunisia, but wine tourism is, according to Vine Pair.
With over 3,000 years of winemaking history, Tunisia’s ready to grapple with grapes and show everyone what its winemaking culture is all about,” says Vicki Denig.
Winemaking has been done since ancient times but consumption is mostly domestic.
“Although Muslims came to power in the 800s, winemaking never entirely left. Fast forward 1,200 years. There are still over 75,000 acres of land under vines in this sunny, Mediterranean nation, though only half are dedicated to winemaking,” she says.
What types of wines will you be drinking? Well, most of the wine will be a red variety.
“More than half the wine production is rosé, with 25 to 30 percent reds and less than 10 percent white production. Almost all Tunisian wine is consumed domestically, though winemakers desperately want change,” notes Denig.
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The hope is to create a wine and archeology hybrid tour that educates visitors “both architecturally and viticulturally.”
“There are seven official appellations in Tunisia; Grand Cru Mornag, Mornag, Sidi Salem, Thibar, Coteaux d’Utique, Kélibia and Coteau de Tébourba. The main varietals are Carignan, Grenache and Cinsault. Muscat d’Alexandria is the most commonly grown white varietal, though still grown sparingly,” reports Denig.
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