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Wine production on track despite Cape fires - Vinpro

In its early forecast for 2017, Vinpro states they are expecting a similar produce compared to last year's more than 1 billion litres of wine.

FILE: A vineyard awaiting harvest. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Winemakers’ organisation, Vinpro, says that the recent fires in the Western Cape are not expected to significantly affect the industry.

The Western Cape wine industry is responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs and contributes R36.1 billion to South Africa’s annual GDP.

Vinpro's Edo Heyns says that this year's vintage got off to a very hot start due to the fires.

“At the very most, the industry lost about 40 hectares and if you consider that we have just less 100,000 hectares in the bigger picture it’s not that significant, but obviously to individual producers, it’s quite a setback.”

In its early forecast for 2017, Vinpro states they are expecting a similar produce compared to last year's more than 1 billion litres of wine.

Heyns further notes that the industry's exports worth R9 billion have seen a greater growth in value compared to the increase in volume.

(Edited by Masechbaa Sefularo)