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The continent of Africa, with 54 countries, covers 30,221,532 km², which corresponds to around 20% of the world's total land area and has a population of around 1.4 billion. Viticulture is also practised in around a dozen countries. 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.

Due to the prevailing tropical and subtropical climate, viticulture is only possible in large parts of Africa in the climatically milder peripheral zones in the north and south, with vineyards often located at altitudes of over 1,000 metres above sea level. The grapevine produces astonishing yields in tropical climates, with several harvests a year, although these are mostly used for the production of sultanas or table grapes.

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