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The SA wine grape harvest has hit a record low, largely due to the preceding drought and fluctuating weather conditions during the season, says Vinpro.
It is time for those wine producers, directors of wine companies and their agents who are accepting low prices to wake up, says the chair of Vinpro.
The SA wine industry expects at this early stage that the 2019 wine grape crop will return to normal levels in most regions thanks to good rainfall.
There remains too much producer fragmentation in the SA wine industry, according to Mike Ratcliffe of Warwick Wine Estate near Stellenbosch.
This year is the most challenging the domestic wine industry has ever faced, according to Francois Viljoen, head of viticulture and soil science at VinPro.
Heat, drought, black frost, wind and a decline in area under vines have wreaked havoc for wine producers and viticulturists.
Unless the SA wine industry has an export boom, it will be in trouble, because the domestic market has not been successfully exploited, warns an agricultural economist.
Wine industry body VinPro says it is difficult to "accurately determine" the economic impact of the Western Cape fire which ravaged the Simonsberg region last week.
It is vital for wine producers to see their industry as a business just like any other and to face reality and understand the bigger picture, says an industry expert.
South Africa and its wines do not have an attractive international image and this lack of sex appeal shows in falling in sales of SA wine, says an expert.
With close to two-thirds of the 2019 grape harvest already in cellars, indications are that it may be even smaller than last year, says Vinpro.
The issue of land expropriation in SA is fundamentally about urban land rather than rural land, argues political commentator Max du Preez.
Despite challenging drought conditions, and bouts of frost in certain areas, this year’s wine grape harvest has the potential to produce excellent wines.
Major shifts in the wine industry over the past 12 years include gender equity in terms of wine drinkers, according to an expert in wine business strategy.
Cape Town's Vinpro winemakers association says 40% of its 3 200 members are loss-making and 900 have thrown in the towel in the past decade.
The SA government cannot support the economy, because it has actually become too big for the size of the economy, says Nedbank economist Nicky Weimar.
The VinPro Foundation and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business have made bursaries available for people who want to study Wine Business Management.
South Africa is likely to experience much more turbulence to come, but this also provides opportunities to make money, says former Sanlam CEO Johan van Zyl.
The notion that farmers do not want to make land available is nonsense and South Africans must tackle land reform by facing the future together, says an academic.
The labour market is the economy's greatest cause for concern in 2016 and prolonged mining and manufacturing strikes could trigger a recession, says an economist.
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