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Uganda

The landlocked country with the capital Kampala is located in East Africa. It borders South Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania to the south, Rwanda to the southwest and DR Congo to the west. In the mountains to the west, near the district capital Bushenyi, behind the Valley Hotel, lies what is probably the only vineyard exactly on the equator. It was planted by former teacher William Mukaira. The vineyard covers about one hectare on sandy and clay soil and is situated at 1,500 metres above sea level. It is planted with the Regalé and Staveau grape varieties. The light red wine is described as astringent with slight acidity and appropriate fruitiness. With average daily temperatures between 25 and 27 °Celsius and two dry and two rainy seasons each, there are two harvests per year in March and September.

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