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South Africa is expecting a reduced wine grape harvest, as a result of both load shedding and climate change



Vinpro, a non-profit organization representing nearly 2,600 wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders in South Africa, has stated that the wine grape harvest is expected to be smaller than last year due to load shedding and climate change. According to Conrad Schutte, this year’s harvest is predicted to be lower than in 2022, but the quality of the grapes is good, and wine producers are eager to make high-quality wine as reported by Jacarandafm.

Schutte explains climate change has impacted wine grape production, with warmer and drier winter months and heavy rains in December causing mildew.

Load shedding has also significantly impacted the industry, as it hinders the ability to pump water to grape vines.

Despite these challenges, Schutte reassures wine lovers that there is no need to worry, as there will still be enough wine for everyone to enjoy.

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