Biggest ever wine grape crop expected

The 2013 harvest season exceeded the expectations of the wine industry and final intake figures show that this was the biggest wine grape crop ever produced in South Africa.

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The total crop was expected to reach 1,491 million tons, exceeding the 2012 crop by 5,4% and the previous record crop achieved in 2008 by 4,6%. According to a statement released by Vinpro favourable weather conditions throughout the season, in all the growing regions contributed to the size and quality of this year’s harvest.

Bigger harvests were expected in all the wine districts, with the exception of Robertson, and record crops were predicted for Olifants River, Breedekloof and Worcester. The 2013 wine harvest, including juice and concentrate for non-alcoholic purposes, wine for brandy and distilling wine, was expected to amount to 1,15 billion litres, calculated at an average recovery of 773 litres per ton of grapes compared to 1,08 billion litres harvested in 2012.