Whining about wine

According to a wine connoisseur who shall remain nameless, the drought in which South Africa finds itself, comes with profit and peril.

wineThe drought may come as a hidden blessing for some wine farmers.
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On the downside, the lack of water means that the harvest will be much smaller – the smallest in fact in more than a decade, as the drought and water shortages in the Western Cape threaten farms and wineries. 


Even though the 2018 harvest might be much smaller, vineyards are in a very good condition due to frequent rainfall in October and November, as well as cooler weather up to the end of November...”
Francois Viljoen – VinPro


The drought conditions that have gripped the province for the third consecutive season will have a major effect on the 2018 harvest, according to Francois Viljoen, consultation service manager for the wine industry organisation VinPro.

He pointed out that most of the industry’s large irrigation dams are 30 to 40% full, reducing grape producers’ water resources by between 40 and 60%, reducing water availability drastically.

Also, the end of September and beginning of October brought widespread frost damage that, according to Viljoen, will result in large crop losses in certain areas in the Orange River, Breedekloof, Worcester and Robertson wine regions.

wine2The exclusivity of a reduced harvest cannot be overlooked for its commercial
advantages. 
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“Despite the fact that the 2018 harvest might be much smaller, vineyards are in a very good condition due to frequent rainfall in October and November, as well as cooler weather up to the end of November... The low dam levels and insufficient water resources are most likely to have the greatest determinant of a smaller 2018 harvest.”

The added advantage, according to the unnamed connoisseur, will mean that the reduced harvest will be much sought after, possibly bringing in increased revenue owing to its exclusivity.

“Wine some, lose some,” he adds blithely.


 

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