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fianarantsoa vineyard
Fianarantsoa vineyard in Madagascar
(photo by Fanomezantsoa Andria)


Off the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean.

Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and one of its poorest. Long known for vanilla beans, rice, teas and peppers, the Swiss introduced grape vines in the 1970s.

Today, the main wine region is located in the terraced mountains near Fianarantsoa with about 700 wineries located in Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao producing some 3 million gallons of wine a year in the central Hauts Plateaux area.

Given the tropical climate and primitive methods of wine production (almost all by hand) Madagascar may be forgiven for its less than world-class reputation for the quality of its wine.

Rather, many travelers to the island are surprised to find themselves enjoying a fairly good table wine produced locally amid the spectacularly scenic Madagascan countryside.

More about the wines of Madagascar around the Web:

Wines of Madagascar
- Check out this wine blogger's take on the Madagascar wine industry including photos and some personal recommendations.

Madagascar and Madagascan Wines and Spirits - Here's an excellent overview of the region's climate and geography.

The Road to Clos Malaza - Read a quick overview of Fianarantsoa's attractions including the wines and where to taste them.



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