South African wine exports increase

The drought has not curbed the South African wine industry, with exports increasing by 4% in 2018, to 9.06 billion rand ($670 million or €580 million) rand in 2018.

The Wines of South Africa (WoSA) group said yesterday, in the South African newspaper BusinessReport, that the value of packaged wine increased by 3% over the period, while bulk wine jumped 7%.

However, spokeswoman Maryna Calow said that in international markets in 2018, the volume of local wines sold decreased by 6%, to 420.2 million litres.

Calow said that the only areas of growth were in Sweden (up 10 per cent), China (seven per cent) and the Netherlands (one per cent). She said that the US market has remained stable.