It is no coincidence that one of the most highly rated wines in Tunisia (Magon) is named after Mago, the Carthaginian agronomist who wrote the first guide on how to make wine. The love story between Tunisia and wine dates back to the Phoenicians. Wine production slowed down somewhat when Islam arrived, but saw a revival at the end of the 19th century, when large numbers of Italians came to Tunisia, followed by the French. Most Tunisian grapes are the same as the ones you would find in the south of France, like Cabernet-Sauvignon, Carignon, Syrah and Mourvèdre for red wines, and Chardonnay, Muscat, Ugni and Sauvignon for whites.
Today, the country produces some fantastic wines, and boasts seven AOCs, including the Magon (AOC Mornag, Syrah and Merlot). Tunisian wines just keep getting better and are winning gold medals at international competitions thanks to partnerships with experts and investors from Italy, France and Australia.