Good news for the wine industry is that regulations have been amended to allow for the export of wines from South Africa during the lockdown period. Below is a summary of what is permitted during this time:
- The transportation of wines and any other fresh produce products at seaports and international airports designated as Ports of Entry for export.
- Agricultural cargo can be transported to seaports and international airports designated as Ports of Entry and exported to the relevant destination.
The top export products from the Western Cape in 2017 included citrus fruit, wines, grapes, fresh apples, pears and quinces.
Listen to a clip about the change in regulations here:
The wine industry is also an important contributor to the agricultural economy in the province and a major creator of jobs in the Western Cape.
More than 90% of wine cellars in South Africa are based in the Western Cape with 50% of all wine products being exported from the Western Cape, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture want to see this grow. It is the department’s mission to protect the agriculture sector well beyond COVID-19 and the lockdown period. – Western Cape Department of Agriculture