• a country that was a major wine producer when it was a French colony but since independence there has been a significant lack of investment. It now has few wine-growing regions and little production. The French set up a VDQS system of 12 recognised wine-growing regions, which has now dwindled to seven, with the best regions Aïn Merane, Mazouna and Tanghrite. The vines usually grown are Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Trebbiano grape varieties, but there is now some planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay. Production and sales of wine are heavily centralised.