Tim Atkin releases 2020 report for South African wines

17 September 2020. Leading UK wine writer Tim Atkin has released his latest in-depth look at the South African wine industry. His annual report, now in its eighth year, is regarded as one of the most detailed and authoritative overviews of South African wine. Read more…


Wine industry enters digital space to boost sales during the lockdown

7 September 2020. The Cape Export Network, a brainchild of Wesgro and Wines of SA, will help wine buyers and importers who have an interest in local wine to safely select wine of their choice using criteria that include wine type, tasting notes as well as the region where the wine has been produced. Read more…


SA alcohol ban inconsistent with global Covid-19 response – industry

4 August 2020. Read more…


SA alcohol industry requests data informing renewed ban

20 July 2020. Based on the South African Medical Research Council’s (SAMRC) recommendations, the Government came to the sudden decision to stop all business operations across the alcohol industry. Sibani Mngadi, spokesperson for the South African alcohol industry, said the decision undermines the overall supply chain logistics and puts at risk almost a million jobs supported by the industry. Read more…


42nd SASEV Conference

4 June 2020. First Announcement. 3 – 5 November 2020. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, we propose to host our first online SASEV Conference!  This scientific conference will display the latest research and innovations in the fields of grapevine and wine sciences.

We ask all members and non-members to support us and take part in this exciting opportunity.  Attached the expression of interest to present or organize a workshop – please return the completed form by 15 June 2020 at the latest to sasev@sasev.org


South Africa’s on-premise wine trade faces challenging times

3 June 2020. Although the South African wine industry resumed the domestic sale of liquor products for off-premise consumption by licensed vendors on Monday, the industry is still not out of the woods.  Read more…


Alcohol industry rebound not expected until 2024

27 May 2020. Total global alcohol consumption rose by 0.1% in volume and 3.6% in value in 2019, but has been severely hit by the shutdown of on-trade venues worldwide in 2020. IWSR said this has not been offset by upticks in alcohol retailers and e-commerce channels. Read more…


SA bulk wine producers fear long-term knock of lockdown

19 May 2020. Since the start of South Africa’s lockdown, its wine industry’s backbone has been hit hard. Bulk wine producers represent approximately 85% of the industry in terms of production in South Africa. In exports, bulk wine surpasses bottled wine exports. Read more…


Gradual lifting of lockdown – impact on agriculture

28 April 2020. The phased or risk-adjusted approach to lift the current national lockdown is welcome news for the agricultural sector, especially those industries mostly affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. As from 1 May, all agricultural activities can resume as normal, including industries such as the wine industry (although the sale of alcohol will still be prohibited). The wine industry will therefore be able to produce and make wine but probably will need to store or export the produce. Read more…