Located in North Africa, the state with its capital Tunis borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east (1,146 km coastline), Algeria to the west and Libya to the south-east. Wine-growing already existed in ancient times in what was then Carthage. After the conquest by the Turks in 1574 and the associated Islamic ban on alcohol, it came to a complete standstill. In the 19th century, French and Italian colonists planted vineyards on the Cap Bon peninsula and cultivated vines professionally. Around 1930, more than one million hectolitres of wine were produced annually. Relatively late, phylloxera reached the country in 1936 and caused a reduction of vineyards by more than half.
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