South Africa’s harvest hit by the drought

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There is a severe water shortage at the moment in South Africa’s wine regions. The harvest 2018 will probably be the smallest in ten years. The South Africans begin picking their grapes in February. The irrigation dams in Western Cape, where most of the wine regions are located, are just 30 % full compared to half full last year at the same time. In 2014 the dams were almost full.

Also other things will affect the harvest. Some regions north of Franschhoek, Breedekloof, Robertson and Worcester, suffered severe frost in the spring. South Africa has 130,000 hectares of vines, of which almost 100,000 are used for making wine. From this they produce about 9 million hectolitres of wine. Read more www.iol.co.za.

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Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa, copyright BKWine Photography

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