South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings

3. Muscat de Frontignan


2011: 676.07 ha

2015: 821.48 ha

Number of hectares: 145.41

% change: 21.5%

Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains, also known as Muscat de Frontignan and Muskadel in South Africa, added 145 hectares to its plantings between 2011 and 2015. Part of the Muscat family, the grape gets its name from its small berries that grow tightly clustered. Compared with European strains, South African Muskadel tends to show darker, pinker-hued skins, with red and white varieties growing mainly in the the Breede River region.

In South Africa, it is almost exclusively used in dessert wines, including the famous dessert wines of Constantia, producing intense, raisin-like aromas.

Fun fact: It should not be confused with Muscadelle, a French variety also used in the production of sweet wines.

One Response to “South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings”

  1. Isaac says:

    I want to farm grape in Ghana, I want the one that is very sweet without seed.
    Could you please help me with contacts in South Africa where I can get grape plant to develop my seeding for planting.

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