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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Middle Eastern country in which only 12,000 ha/29,600 acres of vines remained in 2011, grown chiefly for drying grapes and table grapes, according to oiv statistics. In ancient times it was part of mesopotamia, where there was a thriving trade in wine. See also baghdad for evidence of early medieval viticulture, and islam for an explanation of Iraq’s modern relationship with wine.