South Africa’s wine and brandy industry is on a sustainable growth path with a repositioned strategy and renewed focus. These were the key take outs from an annual industry review early this year. “It’s positive to see export recovery and growth, especially in focus markets such as the US, Canada, Africa and China, notwithstanding severe disruptions at the Cape Town Port Terminal and global shipping constraints,” Siobhan Thompson, CEO at WoSA, says.
South Africa’s total wine export volume grew by 22% to 388 million litres in 2021, with export value increasing by 12% to R10.2 bn. The UK is still South Africa’s largest export market and has shown continued growth in both volume and value. The rest of the top five export countries by total volume are Germany, the US, Canada and Africa, while exports to China have grown exponentially.
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