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Coat of arms of Sabile
Coat of arms
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
District Talsi municipality
Town rights 1917
 • Mayor Virma Poga
 • Total 4.34 km2 (1.68 sq mi)
 • Water 0.1 km2 (0.04 sq mi)
 • Total 3,220
 • Density 742/km2 (1,920/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-3294
Calling code +371 632
Number of city council members 9

Sabile (About this sound pronunciation ; 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. Sabilė became a town in 1917.[1] The Vīna kalns of Sabile 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. 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. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Matthews, Peter; Dunkley McCarthy, Michelle; Young, Mark (1994). The Guinness Book of Records. Facts on File. p. 52. 
  3. ^ "Winemaking in Latvia - challenging but not impossible". Latvian Public Broadcasting English-language service. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2017.