Meknes, one of Morocco’s most beautiful regions, is also renowned for its exceptional vineyards. Situated at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this region enjoys an ideal climate and a terroir conducive to vine-growing. We invite you to discover the vineyards of Meknes, their unique characteristics and the quality wines they produce.
The viticultural history of Meknes
Viticulture in the Meknes region dates back to Roman times, when settlers introduced vine cultivation. Over the centuries, the region has become renowned for its fertile vineyards and wine-growing climate. Today, Meknes is one of Morocco’s leading wine-growing regions, producing wines renowned on both national and international markets.
An exceptional terroir
Meknes vineyards benefit from a rich and diverse terroir. The clay-limestone soils, combined with a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, offer ideal conditions for vine-growing. Vineyards stretch over hills and valleys, creating picturesque landscapes conducive to viticulture.
The Meknes region is home to a wide variety of grape varieties used to produce quality wines. Among the most popular red grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Grenache. These varieties bring specific characteristics to the wines, such as fruity aromas, balanced tannin structure and great complexity. As for white grape varieties, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat are often grown, giving rise to fresh, aromatic and elegant wines.
The vineyards of the Meknes Wine Route
The Meknes Wine Route takes you through some magnificent vineyards scattered throughout the region. You’ll have the opportunity to visit renowned wineries such as Château Roslane, Château Zouina and Domaine de la Zouina. These visits will enable you to discover the different stages of wine production, from the vine to bottling. You can also taste a selection of renowned wines, some of which are made from traditional Moroccan grape varieties such as Syrah, Grenache and Tempranillo.
The region’s exceptional wines
The vineyards of the Meknes region produce a wide variety of wines.
The red wines are powerful, rich and full-bodied, with aromas of ripe fruit, spices and woody notes resulting from ageing in oak barrels.
White wines are distinguished by their freshness, elegance and floral aromas.
Local winemakers pay particular attention to the quality of their grapes and use modern winemaking techniques to create exceptional wines. Some of the region’s most popular wines include prestigious cuvées such as Château Roslane Prestige, Volubilia and Epicuria
Meknes winemakers use modern winemaking techniques to preserve the quality and aromas of the grapes. Harvesting is often carried out by hand to ensure a rigorous selection of bunches. The grapes are then transported to vinification vats, where they are pressed and fermented. The wines are then aged in oak barrels to acquire further complexity and character.
Wine tourism in the Meknes region
The Meknes region is a paradise for wine tourism enthusiasts. Our day trip will lead to 2 renowned estates, Château Roslane and Domaine la Zouina, with guided tours, lunch and tasting of local wines. You’ll learn about the winemaking process, visit the cellars and learn from the winemakers about the secrets of aging and maturing the wines.
For a complete immersion in the region’s wine culture, if you’re lucky enough to be present during the harvest season, this unique experience will enable you to familiarize yourself with the different stages of the grape harvest and discover the exciting work of the grape-pickers. You can also enjoy strolls through the picturesque vineyards, soaking up the magnificent scenery and taking superb photos.
The cuisine of the Meknes region
The Meknes Wine Route isn’t just about wine tasting. You’ll also discover the local cuisine and enjoy delicious dishes accompanied by the region’s wines.
The Meknes region is one of Morocco’s wine treasures. The Meknes Wine Route is a fascinating destination for wine lovers and travelers in search of unique experiences.
Picturesque vineyards, exceptional terroir, quality grape varieties and modern winemaking techniques make this region an exceptional place for wine lovers. Explore the vineyards, taste the exceptional wines and discover the excellent local cuisine.
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or simply curious, the vineyards of Meknes will offer you an unforgettable experience, combining history, tradition and gustatory pleasure.
Details of the Wine Route tour
Departure from Riad Layalina
Arrival at Château Roslane / Visit to the Château’s cellars
Transfer to Domaine de la Zouina / Visit of the vineyard / Aperitif / Lunch and tastings
3:30 pm / 4:00 pm
Back to Riad Layalina
Day tour Price
150 € / pers
130 € / pers
4 pax or more
100 € / pers