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The continent of Asia comprises 47 countries covering 44,614,500 square kilometres, which corresponds to around one third of the Earth's total land area, and has a population of around 4.75 billion. In ancient times and during antiquity, the advanced civilisations of the Near and Middle East such as Assyria, Babylonia and Mesopotamia were the most important founders, making Asia the cradle of viticulture and wine culture. Most of the yields are used for table grapes , sultanas and distillation. However, a relatively large amount of wine is imported. Traditionally, spirits such as arrack are very popular in many countries.

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