July 5, 1962: On this day in 1962, Algeria voted almost unanimously in favor of its independence from France, in a referendum following eight years of war. As an unanticipated result, Algerian winemakers lost access to European buyers, and with a weak domestic market for wine, the industry declined swiftly.

July 5, 1971: On this day, Roman Horvath was born. An Austrian wine producer, he came into a directorship position with Domäne Wachau in 2004 and strategically lifted it into success. He is the second Austrian to earn a Master of Wine title.

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