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The former USSR republic and independent state since 1991 is located in Central Asia and borders Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north and China to the east. There is evidence of viticulture in this country as early as the 4th century BC, when it was part of the empire of Alexander the Great. In the 8th century, Islam reached the area, which led to a change in grape varieties due to the associated ban on alcohol. Now mainly table and sultana grapes were preferred. During the Middle Ages, Tajikistan belonged to the Persian Empire. In 1868, Tajikistan became a colony of Russia. In the USSR times, the small possessions were merged into large collective farms in the 1920s and large-scale wine production was started. Wineries were built in the cities of Khujand (Leninabod), Punjakent and Qurghonteppa (Kurgan-Tjube).

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