Discover the wines of Tunisia with as wine journalist Amanda Barnes travels to this unique North African wine country to visit the winemakers, walk the vineyards and delve deep into Tunisian cuisine, culture and history. Please subscribe to our channel and share this video with your wine friends via
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Ceci est Le Tour du Monde en 80 Vendanges Je suis Amanda Barnes et je suis écrivaine du vin et je suis en mission. Rejoignez-moi en Tunisie pendant que j’apprends au sujet de ce pays viticole unique. Nous rencontrerons les vignerons, nous visiterons les vignobles et nous gouterons à chaque saveur de cet assemblage d’influences Africaines, Méditerranéennes et Arabes. Je voudrais découvrir comment le vin s’intègre dans le cadre et démêler la tapisserie complexe ce qui est la Tunisie aujourd’hui. Et bien sûr nous allons boire quelques verres le long du chemin.
Although Tunisia has been making wine for thousands of years, the quality revolution only really started in the 19th and 20th centuries during the French occupation when modern winemaking techniques were introduced.
Tunisia’s warm, sunny climate means that grapes have no trouble ripening which gives the red wines lots of colour, fruity aromas and higher sugar levels which means they can be rather generous in alcohol.
The red wines can pack such a punch that rumour has it the French used to blend Tunisian Syrah into their own. What is for certain though, is that Tunisia’s Syrah, Carignan and Touriga Nacional perform particularly well making voluptous, aromatic wines, that pair nicely with flavourful Tunisian dishes like roasted lamb and couscous. On the lighter spectrum, over 65% of Tunisia’s wine production is rosé which range from fuller bodied wines to light and delicate. They also make a small amount of aromatic white wines which benefit from being in regions closer to the ocean breeze. Despite its long history, Tunisia’s wine industry still feels in its infancy which much potential as of yet unexplored. This is because during centuries of Arabic rule Tunisia went almost completely dry.