South Africa short on white wine
The glut of grapes in such major wine-producing areas as Australia and France certainly isn't being echoed in South Africa.
There is what industry analysts call "an acute shortage" of white wine in the Cape region, following last year's devastating drought after a surplus just three years ago.
This season's harvest is slightly better than the previous one, but still insufficient for domestic and export markets, leading to an increase in the already short supply of white wine.
Henk Bruwer, chairman of Wine Cellars South Africa, told SABC News, "We have to satisfy the demands of the local consumers and when you do that you have to make sure that you actually satisfy the trademark you are building, satisfy the palate and taste of the consumers. Don't let consumers down in a wine industry."
Because prices are determined by supply and demand, consumers are likely to have to pay more and wine sellers will have to import more as well.
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Posted by William M. Dowd at 11:17 AM