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Surprisingly, winegrowing is practised in not so few countries on this continent. In ancient times, the Phoenicians brought viticulture to Carthage near Tunis in present-day Tunisia. There were already flourishing vineyards around the capital of the Carthaginian Empire in 500 BC. The area under vines covers about 375,000 hectares, which is 5% of the world's land area. Of this, 12.7 million hectolitres of wine are produced, which is about 4% of the world's production volume. Due to the prevailing tropical and subtropical climate, in large parts of Africa viticulture is only possible in the climatically milder peripheral zones in the north and south, with vineyards often located at altitudes above 1,000 metres above sea level.

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