In this landlocked country in the centre of South America
there is only a small amount of viticulture. An old, once important wine-growing area is located in the German-speaking colony Independencia in the Departamento Guairá, which was founded in 1919 by German winegrowers from Baden
. It lies 180 kilometres east of the capital Asunción. The vineyards here once comprised 4,000 hectares of vines, but today they have shrunk to 200 hectares. One of the few winegrowers is Gerhard Bühler, who is of German origin and produces a quality red wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon
. In 2012, 15,000 hectoliters of wine were produced in Paraguay.