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#SADrought: WC wine farmers take a huge knock

There’ll be a drop in wine production this season as winemakers deal with a crippling water crisis.

Uitkyk wine estate suffered heavy losses when the Simonsberg fire got into its vineyards on 21 January 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There'll be a drop in wine production this season as Western Cape winemakers deal with a crippling water crisis.

Wine farmers are among those counting the costs of the drought.

Agriculture and Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde visited the Diemersfontein Wine Estate yesterday where harvesting was underway.

The scorching sun and ravaging fires have also had disastrous effects on agriculture across the country, including vineyards in the Western Cape.

Winde says there'll definitely be a drop in wine production this season.

"We know that the volumes are going be down. I've seen how the sun has actually really dried out some of the grapes."

WATCH: Drought hits SA farmers hard

Director of Thokozani Wines Denise Stubbs says it's not all bad news.

"We believe we are going survive, the quality is going to be better."

Winde says department officials have been dispatched to farms across the province to assess the full impact of the drought.

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