On the fourth largest island in the world (587,000 km²) off the coast of Africa, Jesuit missionaries founded viticulture at the beginning of the 19th century. The botanist André Michaux
(1746-1802) planted the variety in 1802 Isabella
at. In 1886, American cultivation trials were carried out in the southern highlands and other parts of the country. From 1896 to 1960 Madagascar was a French colony. From the 1920s, there were significant production quantities. In 1958 was by the Cistercian
founded the monastery Maromby near Fianarantsoa, which is still dedicated to viticulture today. Since independence, wine production has been mainly carried out by Chilean immigrants. At the beginning of the 1960s, members of the Betsileo tribe were motivated, at the initiative of Swiss settlers, to use their experience of growing rice on high terraces for viticulture.