Early and excellent harvest in South Africa

The harvest in South Africa began early this year. The growing season was dry and the producers had very little problems with diseases and rot. They could harvest beautiful and healthy grapes. Most of them are pleased with both the quality and the quantity. There are even voices saying that this will be an exceptional vintage. The harvest in Stellenbosch was somewhat smaller than last year, and is widely regarded as the best in many years.

The harvest in 2015 in South Africa is estimated at 11.6 million hectolitres. But that does not mean that all this becomes wine. South Africa is a major producer of both grape juice and brandy and the two categories are included in the figures. In 2014, 81.5% of the harvest became wine, 4.1% wine for brandy, 11% went to other distillates and 3.4% was sold as grape juice and grape juice concentrate.

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Swartland landscape in South Africa

Swartland landscape in South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography

Harvesting and sorting white grapes at Boekenhoutskloof

Harvesting and sorting white grapes at Boekenhoutskloof, copyright BKWine Photography

An old house in Stellenbosch

An old house in Stellenbosch, copyright BKWine Photography

Wild South African bleesbuck

Wild South African bleesbuck, copyright BKWine Photography

Landscape in Franschhoek

Landscape in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Tasting at a winery

Tasting at a winery, copyright BKWine Photography

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