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Sri Lanka

The South Asian island state with the capital Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (but de facto Colombo) lies in the Indian Ocean east of the southern tip of India. Until 1972 it was called Ceylon. Sri Lanka is mainly known for the production and export of tea (Ceylon), coffee, rubber and coconuts. The island is a popular tourist destination due to its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. Despite the tropical climate with great heat and high humidity, attempts are being made to grow grapes here. The grape varieties Cardinal and Muscat d'Hamburg are used for this. There are two harvests a year. The wines are mostly sweet (dry vinification is probably not possible due to the climate). On the Jaffna peninsula, there is a red spice wine produced by convent sisters. The producer Home Delight Wines in Wattala (large suburb of Colombo) produces herbal wines and fruit wines. Table grapes are also produced. The standard alcoholic beverage is arrack; Sri Lanke is one of the world's largest producers of this spirit.

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