South Africa's Wine Industry

Having over-zealously planted red grape varieties over the past ten years, South Africa now finds itself with a glut of red wine, writes Richard Woodard. Meanwhile, there is insufficient capacity to meet rising demand for white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and even the country’s “workhorse” Chenin Blanc.

South Africa trips up in rush to red

11 August 2006

Having over-zealously planted red grape varieties over the past ten years, South Africa now finds itself with a glut of red wine, writes Richard Woodard. Meanwhile, there is insufficient capacity to meet rising demand for white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and even the country’s “workhorse” Chenin Blanc.

Harvest Report 2006 – South Africa

16 June 2006

The South African wine harvest was smaller than had been forecast at the turn of the year before harvesting began but nevertheless came in around 6% up on 2005, with producers upbeat regarding the quality of the wines, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc. Ben Cooper reports.

S AFRICA: KWV buys stake in local distributor

1 June 2006

KWV has secured a stake in South African distributor NMK, a deal that it believes will strengthen its position in the country’s competitive on-trade channel.

UK: South Africa's Omnia and Ehrmanns form joint venture

27 March 2006

South African wine producer Omnia is to team up with distributor Ehrmanns in a joint venture for the UK market.

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