The country in the northwest South America
lies between Colombia
, Viticulture only plays a subordinate role; the vineyards cover a few hundred hectares. Around 50 hectares are located on the Pacific coast and are subject to one tropical
Climate. Due to the proximity to the equator, up to three grape harvests are possible each year. At the beginning of the 1980s, further vineyards with around 200 hectares were planted in the mountain provinces of Azuay, Canar, Cotopaxi, Imbabura, Loja, Pinchincha and Tungurahua at the foot of the Andes. There is a cooler climate here and only one harvest. In the mid-1980s, the German Hermann Jäger from Ockenheim am Rhein (former President of the Rheinhessischer Weinbauverband) planted vines at 2,700 meters above sea level. These are among the highest vineyards
of the world.