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  • Writer's pictureErica Taylor

South African Wines... On the rise!

The South African wine industry is experiencing a significant rise in popularity and quality, with a growing number of wine enthusiasts worldwide seeking out the unique flavors and characteristics of South African wines. In this blog post, we will explore some of the key statistics and trends driving this rise.

According to recent data from Wines of South Africa (WOSA), South African wine exports have increased by 12% in volume and 20% in value in the past year alone. The country has also seen a significant increase in the number of vineyards, with approximately 1,500 registered wineries and over 98,000 hectares of vineyards currently in production.

In addition to these impressive numbers, South African wines are also gaining recognition for their exceptional quality. The country's wine industry has a long and rich history, dating back to the mid-17th century, and is known for its unique terroir, which is influenced by a range of factors including climate, soil type, and altitude. This unique terroir produces wines with distinctive characteristics, ranging from crisp and fruity whites to bold and complex reds.

One example of South Africa's growing reputation for quality wine is the increasing number of accolades and awards received by South African winemakers. In 2020, South African wines received over 1,400 medals and awards in international competitions, including 38 platinum and 92 gold medals. The country's wines also performed well in the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards, with 33 South African wines receiving a score of 95 points or above.

Another factor contributing to the rise of the South African wine industry is the focus on sustainability and ethical production practices. Many South African wineries are committed to sustainable farming, reducing their environmental impact and promoting biodiversity in the vineyards. They are also investing in the well-being of their workers, ensuring fair wages and safe working conditions.

South Africa's wine industry has come a long way since the end of apartheid, and its growing success is a testament to the hard work and dedication of its winemakers. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and ethical practices, South African wines are increasingly gaining the attention and respect of wine enthusiasts worldwide.

In conclusion, the South African wine industry is experiencing a rapid rise in popularity, driven by increasing exports, a growing number of vineyards, and a focus on quality and sustainability. With its unique terroir and commitment to ethical production practices, the South African wine industry is sure to continue to thrive in the years to come.

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