What are the strengths of the South-African wine industry?
September 25, 2018
The South African wine industry has continuously developed and strengthened since the end of Apartheid in 1994. Nowadays, the wine industry is a very important component of the South-Africa’s economic crown: indeed, wine sales generated R24.7bn in 2017.
Wine production in 2017 was quite good even though vineyards around Cape Town were struck by a heavy drought.
The flourishing South African wine industry benefits the whole country. South-African wines not only taste good, they also make a significant contribution to the economy and provide thousands of jobs. For exemple, each million rands invested creates 4.64 jobs. In 2016, 39 917 workers were employed in that sector.
Besides, some actors in the sector also started supporting the local social development by organizing awareness campaign regarding the main health issues and some producers also shifted to an ecofriendly production. Black owned wine brands have also emerged in the past few years.
Moreover, South-African wines are also an excellent way to show the local culture to the rest of the world. They rely on the story and the know-how of their producers.
The wine is sold both locally and internationally. In 2017, South Africa sold more bottles of wine abroad than on its national market.
South-African wines are praised globally for “their outstanding quality and distinctive character” according to, Siobhan Thompson, the president of Wines of South Africa. Their production is diversified even if still wines is dominating.
If you want to taste some of the best South-African wine, we recommend that you have a look at our rankings here! Thanks to our Top12Wines tasting, wine lovers can taste and rank some of the best wines in South Africa blindly. By conducting these tastings, we are able to create unbiased rankings of the top-quality wines.
If you want to organize your own private tasting in any region of the world, contact us through our website.
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Upcoming tastings... Save the dates!
June 6, 2017
Result of the Top6 All Red tasting held on June, 25th in South Africa