Similar in climate and geography to Sicily and Southern France, Northeastern Tunisia and the Cap Bon Peninsula, as well as Northwestern Tunisia, are the most productive areas, with a terroir producing an expansive variety of grapes for rosé, red, and white wines, including:
Syrah, Carignan, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Muscat of Alexandria, Grenache Gris, Unoaked Chardonnay, Verdejo, Mourvedre, Cabernet Franc and Alicante Bouschet.
At Hamilcar Imports we have the pleasure of introducing the best wines from both the Coastal Region and the Inland Medjerda River Valley.
While the Mediterranean Coast is quite famous for its chalky, sun-facing hills, where the Mediterranean breezes, and the hot Saharan Sirocco winds influence the tastes of the wines, while the long, sunny summer days allow for a wide range of flavors from the rich and fruity, to the crisp and floral.
The Medjerda River is the largest river in Tunisia. It is fed through multiple rivers and streams originating at the peaks of the Atlas Mountains as it descends into a very fertile valley.
The valley is relatively shielded from the harsh elements especially during the summer months and producing well complicated wines stemming mainly from noble grapes and imprinted with the regions traits and terroir and where leather, spices, coffee, dried plum notes are the character of the ancient Valley.
Rosé makes up approximately 65% of the Tunisian wine production, while the remainder is 30% red wine and 5% white wine.
There are seven AOC’s (Appélation d’ Origine Controllée) in Tunisia.