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South Africa - 2013 vintage expected to be virtually on a par with 2012

South Africas 2013 wine grape crop is expected to amount to 1,384,357 tons, a diminutive 0,8 percent decrease on 2012. According to latest industry (producer cellars and viticultural consultants) estimates, this years wine crop including juice and concentrate for non-alcoholic purposes, wine for brandy and distilling wine, should amount to 10.7 million hectolitres, calculated at an average recovery of 773 litres per ton of grapes. Despite the decrease, 2013 could potentially be the third-largest crop in South Africas vinous history. According to statistics organisation Sawis, South African wine producers are looking forward to a good crop despite a decrease in total plantings, mainly for three reasons. Firstly, it has been one of the best winter seasons in the Western Cape for many years, with chilly conditions and sufficient rain which alleviated the drought conditions in the coastal regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Malmesbury especially. By the end of winter all the big catchment dams were filled to capacity, while the soil water levels in dryland vineyards were also sufficiently supplemented. Secondly, in recent years South African wine producers have continuously adapted viticultural practices and increased yields per hectare in an attempt to align costs with grape and wine prices. And lastly, on the whole weather conditions were favourable during the flowering and set period; even so, weak and uneven set occurred in certain vineyards due to cold and windy weather conditions. At this stage grapevines appear to be more or less 7 to 12 days later than usual.


Sawis has also announced that domestic sales of natural wine for the 12-month period November 2011 to October 2012 show that the market increased by 2.4 percent to 319.3 million litres, compared to the corresponding period the previous year. Exports of natural wine for the 12-month period from December 2011 to November 2012 increased by 18.3 percent. This growth is ascribed to exports of bulk wine and white wine. The stock level on 31 December 2013 at producer and private cellars is expected to increase to 461.4 million litres, compared to 447.0 million litres on 31 December 2012.

Source: La journee © 2012
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