South African wine exports: UK leads, France makes a surprising appearance

Great Britain is still the biggest importer of South African wine. The country takes almost a quarter of the South African exports. Germany, however, has increased its exports of South African wine and is now not far behind the UK. Exports of bulk wine from South Africa are increasing and in 2013 it accounted for 66 % of total volume. Average price for bulk wine is 669 rand (about 48 euro) per hectolitre.

In 20 years, exports from South Africa have increased from 220,000 hectolitres to nearly 5 million. During the apartheid era, Britain was virtually the only country that imported South African wine, now over a hundred countries drink wines from South Africa. Sweden is by far South Africa’s biggest market for 3 litre Bag-in-Box.

Landscape in Franschhoek

Landscape in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

Here is the list of the countries that have imported most South African wine over the past 12 months. The somewhat surprising third position of France is, apparently, due to the small quantities of the recent European vintages.

  • Great Britain (1.11 million hectolitres, 23.4 % of the total exported volume)
  • Germany (894,000 hl)
  • France (329,000 hl)
  • Russia (319,500 hl)
  • Sweden (289,400 hl)
  • United States (242,000 hl)
  • The Netherlands (220,000 hl)
  • Canada (188,000 hl)
  • Denmark (184,000 hl)
  • Belgium (92,000 hl).


South Africa is not only a great wine producing country. It is also a very beautiful country to visit. Why not join us at BKWine on a wine tour to South Africa? Next SA tour will be in March.

Rickety Bridge winery in Franschhoek

Rickety Bridge winery in Franschhoek, copyright BKWine Photography

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