Meknes the imperial


Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities, located in northern central Morocco. Founded in the 11th century by the Almoravids as a military settlement, Meknes became a capital under the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismaïl (1672–1727), the founder of the Alaouite dynasty. Sultan Moulay Ismaïl turned it into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great doors, where the harmonious blending of the Islamic and European styles of the 17th century Maghreb are still evident today.

Located 75 m (120 km) inlands from Rabat, in the foothills of the ATLAS Mountains, the region of Meknes, by virtue of its altitude, its amount of sunshine and its mild temperatures, is the favourite country for vineyards in Morocco.

Cradle of the Designation of Geographic Origin (AOG) areas of GUERROUANE, BENI M’TIR and of the Designation of Controlled Origin (AOC) area of "LES COTEAUX DE L’ATLAS", this region concentrates today more than 60% of the Moroccan wine production. Therefore, it came naturally to LES CELLIERS DE MEKNES to settle in the heart of those vineyards.

LES CELLIERS DE MEKNES is the owners of winemaking equipment located in the centre of the vineyards, combining together tradition and modernity. Last significant achievement of LES CELLIERS DE MEKNES has been creating the first Moroccan CHATEAU officially inaugurated in June 2004 –CHATEAU ROSLANE.

With the introduction in Morocco of noble varieties of vine, like CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT, SYRAH or even CHARDONNAY, the use of oak barrels for ageing, and with the creation of the first and only Moroccan AOC, LES CELLIERS DE MEKNES were always eager to brandish with pride the colours of a long Moroccan wine tradition.