Kurubis is a joint venture between Rhône winemaker Didier Cornillon and a local agribusiness.

The enterprise began in 2000 with the planting of vines and building of a modern winery on the outskirts of the coastal town of Korba in Cap Bon. The first wines were made in 2005 and are only for export, with most of the production destined for the French market. Kurubis is modern in its thinking, has a well-equipped winery, and uses organic practices wherever possible in the vineyards. The estate is unusual in making one of Tunisia’s two Méthode Traditionnelle sparkling wines.

Kurubis's wines

  • ***

    K de Kurubis

    Grapes: 100% Chardonnay. Méthode Traditionnelle.

    Nicely balanced wine with clear Chardonnay characters: baked apple, quince and dried pear. Pleasant wine.

  • **½

    Kurubis Chardonnay

    Grapes: 100% Chardonnay. 10 months in barrique.

    Peachy nose, with plenty of creamy oak and tropical aromatics. A little too oaky on the palate but with fruit to support. Medium intensity. Natural style and not confected. Good potential as is from young vines.

  • **½

    Kurubis Red

    Grapes: 66% Syrah, 34% Mourvèdre. 10 months in French oak.

    Purple. Warm plum on the nose with some herbaceous elements and fresh earth backing. Tannic and undeveloped palate, though a little too extracted and a touch thin on fruit. Green elements on the finish. Are they trying to get too much from young vines? Has potential.