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Vast and Important Vineyards: The First Edition of the Guide Michelin for Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia


I am still on vacation so a post about Guide Michelin seems appropriate.  The first edition of Guide Michelin Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie was published in 1929.  It is full of itineraries for automobiles several of which pass by or through vineyards. In fact the very first itinerary, “Alger-Bougie” passes through Maison-Carree a region full of “d’importants vignobles.”  These vineyards are varyingly described as d’importants, vastes, grands, and une plaine au milieu au vignobles. Despite all of the routes near vineyards, recommendations for hotels and restaurants,  there are no recommendations about wine.  The vocabulary section does translates vin in all three countries as cherab, though it is accented differently, as well as raisin as aneb or ineb.

Guide Michelin, Maroc, Algerie, Tunisie. 1929. [1]

Guide Michelin, Maroc, Algerie, Tunisie. 1929. [1]

The spread of automobiles and itinerary guides does raise the question of how vineyard tourism developed or changed.  But that is a subject for another post. In the mean time I suggest you flip through the pages to look at the great images of Bibendum.

From Guide Michelin Maroc, Algerie, Tunisie. 1929.

From Guide Michelin Maroc, Algerie, Tunisie. 1929.


[1] Bureau d’itinéraires Michelin et Cie (Paris). Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie. 1929. Gallica Bibliotheque Numerique. URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb341361500

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