Union Central des Coopératives Viticoles ‘Les Vignerons de Carthage’
Established in 1948 pre-Independence, UCCV is Tunisia’s largest and most important wine producer.
Some might choose to overlook the output of anything calling itself a cooperative, though to do so would be to overlook some of Tunisia’s best wines. The company is a complex arrangement of state-owned estates and local and international partnerships, which together account for the majority of Tunisia’s output. The company is worthy of note for more than statistics alone, as since the early nineties UCCV has invested considerable amounts in modernising everything from the vineyards to the labels, giving the wines a more international style both in taste and presentation. This renaissance is largely the result of efforts by Belgacem D’Khili, the company’s Directeur Général. A doctor in viticulture, he began by planting international varieties and changing vineyard practices away from those concerned purely with creating bulk wine.