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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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African country virtually on the equator, with a very limited production of wines, and some packaging of imports from South Africa. Since the mid 1980s, vinifera vines have been cultivated and have been harvested every eight months, providing three vintages every two years, chiefly from vineyards around Lake Naivasha (see tropical viticulture). Rainy seasons are March to May and October to December and some producers may revert to one growing season from June to September. The only commercial wine producer in 2014 was Rift Valley Winery, whose 20 ha/50 acres of vineyards are at elevations over 1900 m/6,235 ft. A locally grown Sauvignon Blanc/Chenin Blanc blend and rosé are sold under the Leleshwa brand. A refugee from the Médoc has planted a small vineyard in Laikipia.