Italy-Tunisia: Magon project on wine tourism

Cultural and food itinerary between Sicily and Tunisia

30 January, 14:28

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JANUARY 30 - Promoting the ''culture of wine'' as a common European and Mediterranean identity, expression of a millennial existence that dates back to the Greek-Punic-Roman world, and as a factor of economic development combined with Mediterranean wide and food traditions and archaeological heritage is the idea behind the Enpi CBC Med project of trans-border cooperation Magon called ''Le chemin de la vigne méditerranéen sur les traces de Magon entre la Sicile et la Tunisie''.

    Co-funded by the EU, Magon provides for the creation of a trans-border touristic and cultural circuit based on the joint exploitation of the archaeological heritage, of the culture of wine and of Mediterranean wine and food traditions. It is named after Carthaginian agronomist Magon, author of the famous treaty in 28 volumes which the Roman Senate ordered to bring to the Urbe and translate into Latin when Carthage was conquered.

    Cultural tourism circuit Magon will promote the area in western Sicily between the ancient city of Selinunte and its Chora, characterized by one the largest concentration of vineyards in Europe, and landscapes between Carthage and Kerkouane (the two archaeological sites recognized by Unesco as world heritage), which have the most famous Aoc of north-east Tunisia.

    The new circuit Magon will become part of itinerary culture ''Iter Vitis-Les Chemins de la vigne'' recognized by the Council of Europe in 2009, which refers to history and culture of wine in its ancient origins, and crosses an extraordinary variety of ecosystems and vineyard regions from the Caucasus to the Atlantic, along 13 countries (seven members of the European Union and six non-members).

    This process of valorization of wine-making areas modelled by nature and men has in some cases been listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

    Specifically, the Magon project, explained to ANSAmed the head of the Association Strada del Vino Terre sicane, Franco Aurelio Coppola, wants to create two territorial centers in the network of itineraries ''Iter Vitis'', one in south-west Sicily and one in north-east Tunisia, connected by a joint heritage of the ancient Mediterranean border between Selinunte and Carthage, the ''limes'' on which for centuries the Greek and the Phoenician-Punic cultures confronted each other before they became part of a common space in the Roman Empire.

    The project is coordinated by the Associazione Strada del Vino Terre Sicane, together with international association Iter Vitis les Chemins de la vigne, the national association città del Vino, the archaeological park of Selinunte-Cave di Cusa, the cultural and archaeological superintendency of Agrigento, the councilors of agriculture, rural development, Mediterranean fishing Soat in Sciacca, Chambre syndicale nationale des producteurs des vins, bières et alcools (Union Tunisienne de l'Industrie du Commerce et de l'Artisanat - Utica), Agence pour la Mise en Valeur du Patrimoine et de Promotion Culturelle (Amvppc), Federation Tunisienne des Agences de Voyages et de Tourisme and Institut National de Patrimoine (Inp).(ANSAmed).

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