December 6, 1962: On this day the result of an independence referendum held in French Algeria, to decide on whether the country should become an independent state or continue as a part of France, was announced. 99.7% of voters voted for independence, weary after eight years of an extremely brutal war of independence. A relatively unknown part of the announcement of the result on 5 July, which today is celebrated as Independence Day in Algeria, is that over time it brought about the death of the previously enormous Algerian wine industry. With no domestic market to speak of and Algeria eventually being locked out of the European market Algeria’s vineyards were soon converted to other purposes.

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