Zoom tastings and online sales: The wine industry's fight for survival

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’n Verskeidenheid van wyne vorm deel van die 2020 National Wine Challenge se top-100 wyne. Foto: iSTOCK
’n Verskeidenheid van wyne vorm deel van die 2020 National Wine Challenge se top-100 wyne. Foto: iSTOCK

The Western Cape agriculture department has welcomed a surprise increase in bulk wine exports during the Covid-19 lockdown last year.  

This in spite of the dreaded words "with immediate effect" during President Cyril Ramaphosa's family meetings which shut down or severely limited retail and hospitality industry sales. 

Western Cape Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer said bulk wine volumes increased by 3.7% to 181.5 million litres in 2020, and the value of the province's wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1 billion.  

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