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Wine Production in South Africa

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

South Africa is a country that is known for its wine. There are many different wine regions in South Africa, but two of the most well-known are the Western Cape and the Garden Route. The Western Cape is located in the southwestern part of the country and is known for its red wines, while the Garden Route is located in the eastern part of the country and is known for its white wines. Both regions are worth exploring if you're interested in wine, and you can find plenty of wineries to visit in both areas.


Wine making in South Africa dates back to the early 17th century


Geography

The varied landscape offers wine makers plenty of opportunity to produce a wide array of wines. The varied landscape offers wine makers plenty of opportunity to produce a wide array of wines.


Climate

The climate in South Africa ranges from cool winters and warm summers, with a rainy season in the winter months of January and February.


Economy

South Africa's economy is in transition. The country is moving from a traditional agricultural economy to one based on services, especially tourism. However, the agricultural sector accounts for about 10% of the GDP and employs about 20% of the workforce.


Varietals

Some of the most popular grape varietals grown in South Africa include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, and Chenin Blanc


Winemaking techniques.

South African winemakers have embraced modern techniques while also preserving traditional methods

The Wine Industry in South Africa

The wine industry is growing rapidly in South Africa, with exports reaching new heights. South Africa is the largest exporter of wine to the European Union, and it has also become one of the largest exporters of wine to Japan, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2017 exports reached a record high of 1.6 million cases.


Smaller vineyards in South Africa are gaining a reputation for excellent produce and increasing international recognition. In 2013, South Africa was the fifth largest wine producer in the world by volume after France, Italy, Spain and Australia.

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