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Coat of arms of Sabile
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Sabile is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 57°03′N 22°35′E / 57.050°N 22.583°E / 57.050; 22.583Coordinates: 57°03′N 22°35′E / 57.050°N 22.583°E / 57.050; 22.583
Country Latvia
MunicipalityTalsi Municipality
Town rights1917
 • MayorZigmunds Brunavs
 • Total4.34 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
 • Water0.1 km2 (0.04 sq mi)
 • Total3,220
 • Density742/km2 (1,920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
Calling code+371 632
Number of city council members9

Sabile (About this soundpronunciation ; German: Zabeln) is a town in Talsi Municipality, Latvia.

Sabile was first mentioned in chronicles in 1253. From the 14th century to the 16th century, it was a site of a castle of the Livonian Order and a village near the castle. Sabile became a town in 1917.[1] The Sabile Wine hill (Sabiles vīna kalns) used to be the most northern open-air vineyard in the world, registered in the Guinness Book of Records.[2][3] The winemaking tradition in Sabile dates back to the 16th century. For the first time, wine production was created here during Livonia (14th century), and the hill was completely restored in 1936 during by the mayor Osvalds Rezebergs. The Sabile Castle Mound, which was the center of the district from the 10th century to the 13th century, overlooks Sabile and the valley of the Abava River.

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  1. ^ "Sabile and Abava Rural Territory". Sabile un Agavas pagasts. Sabiles pilsēta un Abavas pagasts. 2015. Archived from the original on 17 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ Matthews, Peter; Dunkley McCarthy, Michelle; Young, Mark (1994). The Guinness Book of Records. Facts on File. p. 52.
  3. ^ Birziņš, Uldis (27 July 2015). "Winemaking in Latvia - challenging but not impossible". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. Retrieved 4 January 2017.