Good news for SA wine

By Drum Digital
07 November 2013

South African wine industry can expect a good wine-grape harvest next year‚ though smaller than this year’s record harvest‚ according to a preliminary report for the wine season.

A report was released by the South African Wine Information System (Sawis) in collaboration with wine producers’ body VinPro.

The grape harvesting season usually stretches from November to the end of April‚ and this report is the first in a series of monthly estimates of the crops’ progress and prospects.

In the 2013 season‚ a record total harvest of 1.48-million litres of wine‚ juice and grape concentrate for non-alcoholic consumption was produced. This was higher than the 2012 crop.

Another record was that 469-million litres of South African wines were exported‚ mainly to Europe.

Francois Viljoen‚ consultation service manager at VinPro‚ said: “We experienced a very good winter (in 2013) with sufficient cold weather and higher than average rainfall‚ which guaranteed favourable bud burst and resulted in large catchment and farm dams being full.”

Soil water content is also at full capacity‚ which bodes well for the season ahead.

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