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The state in the Near East on the Arabian Peninsula with its capital Amman borders on Israel, the part of the Palestinian Territories located on the West Bank, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. Wine growing was already practised in the Jordan Valley in biblical times. The nomadic people of the Nabataeans founded the kingdom of Nabataea with its capital Petra in present-day Jordan in 150 BC. Wine presses and wall paintings found at this city indicate a wine culture that was further cultivated under Roman rule from 63 BC. Today, 90% of the inhabitants are Muslims; viticulture is practised to a small extent by the Christian minority. The area under vines covers 4,000 hectares, mainly for the production of table grapes. Part of it is used for the brandy arrack. The vineyards are located in the region around the city of Madaba, mentioned several times in the Bible, about 30 kilometres south of Amman. The Celtic varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Muscat Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc are cultivated.

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