Western Cape wine harvest smaller, but better

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Friday, 11 May 2018 10:38 Posted by Staff Writer

Just goes to show that more isn't always better. The Cape Town (and South Africa) has had it's fair share of harsh weather and drought conditions recently but despite this all some excellent wines might be the result.

Vinpro, a local industry body, reported a 15% smaller 2018 harverst of 1 220 920 tonnes compared with that of 2017, compared to the oringinal estimate by the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy and the Department of Agriculture of a 20% crop size reduction.

The report also stated that although berries and grape sizes were smaller, which effects the total tonnes produced, they were of high quality. The codnitions experienced, for all the drought, resulted in less pests and rot in general.

Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde said:

“We know that globally, there is a wine shortage because the big three producers - France, Italy and Spain - all suffered poor crops as a result of climate related issues," he said.

"The global wine shortage gives our South African, and especially our Western Cape wines, a gap to prove our worth. This year’s wines are going to be of excellent quality. Coupled with the shortage, this will allow South African wine producers to negotiate better prices on the export market.”

Timing seems to be good for the wine industry to seek out new export markets not yet explored.

“Despite 2017 also being a drought year, wine exports to Angola doubled in 2017, while exports to China grew by 109% between 2014 and 2017. These markets are showing themselves to be very receptive to our wines," Winde.

"Our challenge now, is to ensure these sales, which are currently mostly bulk wine sales, grow into brand awareness for Western Cape wines and sales of bottled wines.”

Source: Fin24

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