Workers sort grapes after picking during the harvest at a vineyard outside Zarkent in Uzbekistan. Uzbek Chardonnay could one day grace the tables of the world if its government’s ambitious plans bear fruit. Photo: AFP

From nation of vodka drinkers to a wine powerhouse? Uzbekistan’s winemaking ambitions

  • Its production is tiny, its wine industry a legacy of imperial Russia and its climate harsh, but Muslim Central Asian nation has big plans to raise output
  • It wants to plant chardonnay and cabernet grapes, and hopes to export fine wine to Europe and China, but it will enter a crowded market
Topic |   Wine and Spirits

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Workers sort grapes after picking during the harvest at a vineyard outside Zarkent in Uzbekistan. Uzbek Chardonnay could one day grace the tables of the world if its government’s ambitious plans bear fruit. Photo: AFP
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