South African producers at Vinexpo 2007 today (20 June) finally welcomed the arrival of their wine samples, impounded by French customs causing them to miss three days of the world's largest wine trade fair.

"I am really happy and the producers are back to business," said Dalene Steyn of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the country's national body.

However, she said business had definitely been lost, especially in terms of Russian and Far Eastern buyers who had visited the stand earlier in the week.

Asked if WOSA would consider legal action, Steyn did not rule it out, saying she would hold a meeting with the producers back in South Africa when she had all the logistics information to hand. "Then we will decide how we are going to handle it," she said.