By Muluken Yewondwossen , Capital Ethiopia
A leading French wine maker, Castel Winery plans to begin bottling wine for export starting early next year from its Battu (commonly known as Zeway) based vineyard.
It is Ethiopia’s first foreign winery after all wineries were nationalized during the Derg regime, and has been cultivating four different types of French wine since May 2008. On Tuesday November 1, Castel harvested its first Chardonnay grapes in Zeway for white wine. It expects to begin production in early 2012.