Western Cape wine producers sitting with 289 million litre surplus due to booze sale ban

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The story: The Western Cape’s wine producers are sitting on 289 million litres of wine they could not sell because of lockdown regulations, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture.

The problem: This is causing complications for storing the current harvest because there was not enough space, and there were fears that the stock might end up on a criminal parallel market.

The implication: The livelihoods of smaller producers and hundreds of thousands of workers in the industry are at stake if wine sales are not reopened, the department said.

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