South Africa facing smallest crop since 2005 due to drought

23rd January, 2018 by Natalie Wang

South Africa could be facing its smallest crop in over a decade, a grimmer prediction by the local wine industry body than earlier assessments last November, mainly due to the persistent drought that has been ravaging the Western Cape area for months.

Vineyards in the Western Cape are hit hard by drought (Photo source: VinPro)

According to the industry body SAWIS (South African Wine Industry Information & Systems) a crop estimate in the second week of January has predicted an even smaller harvest than previous estimates at the end of November 2017 – possibly the smallest since 2005.

“The 2018 wine grape crop is expected to be the smallest since 2005, due to a decline in vineyard area, an ongoing….

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