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Uganda

In the mountains of this East African state lies in the west near the district capital Bushenyi behind the Valley Hotel, probably the only vineyard right on the equator. It was created by the former teacher William Mukaira. The vineyard covers about one hectare on sandy and loamy soil and is situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level. It is planted with the grape varieties Regalé and Staveau, which are probably French hybrids. The light red wine is described as astringent with slight acidity and appropriate fruitiness. With average daytime temperatures between 25 and 27 °Celsius and two dry and rainy seasons each, there are two harvests a year in March and September.

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