Morocco's "Wine Country"??
Replies: 34 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 6:53 AM Last Post By: daviddaoud
Sep 24, 2012 2:49 PM
Sep 24, 2012 2:55 PM
1For you wine lovers, here is part of an article on the subject that was published two years ago:
Wine thrives in Muslim Morocco
By ALFRED DE MONTESQUIOU, Associated Press Writer
MEKNES, Morocco – The gently rolling hills planted thick with vineyards are an unlikely sight for a Muslim country partly set in the deserts and palms of North Africa. Yet the grapes, and the wine they produce, are thriving in Morocco despite Islam's ban on alcohol consumption.
Morocco has become one of the largest winemakers in the Muslim world, with the equivalent of 35 million bottles produced last year. Wine brings the state millions in sales tax, even though Islam appears to be on the rise politically.
"Morocco is a country of tolerance," said Mehdi Bouchaara, the deputy general manager at the Celliers de Meknes, the country's largest winemaker, which bottles over 85 percent of national output. "It's everybody's personal choice whether to drink or not."
The Celliers have flourished on this tolerance. The firm now cultivates 2,100 hectares (5,189 acres) of vineyards, bottling anything from entry-level table wine to homemade champagne and even a high-end claret, Chateau Roslane, aged in a vaulted cellar packed with oak barrels imported from France. The winery now dwarfs virtually any other producer in Europe.
On paper, wine is "Haram," or forbidden to Muslims. But Bouchaara said the firm's distribution is all legal since it only sells to traders authorized by the state, who in turn officially sell exclusively to non-Muslim tourists.
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Sep 25, 2012 5:08 AM
7maroccotraveller ... what??? :)
I am not drinking wine now, unfortunately I can not, but when i could do it, I was actually bought a bottle of wine in Agadir, I think the name was Sahara I think, but it was in year 2000.
Miguel, what is Muppet?
Sep 25, 2012 6:42 AM
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Sep 25, 2012 3:16 PM
My cunning machiavellian plot was a success...........
I knew Matron, proponent of the politically-correct bureau, would rise to the bait, and doubtless others will now react to " the warmer ", but I'm back in the cupboard, sheltering from the flak........
Non-drinkers just lack a sense of humour, I've observed this sad trait, worldwide......
Sep 25, 2012 4:39 PM
13And, in esssence, what is a dude ? I suspect it's an American expression, can you please define it, Matron, an old bloke like me requires some education in the younger generation's " new-speak " parlance, or are you, as I suspect incapable of succinct communicationj ?
Sep 26, 2012 4:13 AM
14Maybe it was that wine you was drinking last night, Nomadfan :), I remember only that it was Sahara in the name of wine. And remember it was very good wine. Pity that I get not drink the wine any more, uch, but what I can do, such is the life :)
Kate, thanks for explanation what Muppet is, funny, that word I will try to remember.
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