Cape Wineland's vines on the road to recovery after good winter rains

Grapevine crops are expected to yield better results than last year following the bountiful winter rains in the Western Cape.

VinPro's executive director Rico Basson says the three-year-long drought that hit the Cape was a disaster for the winelands.

He says some regions have not yet recovered fully even though the winter rain was good.

The drought was really a disaster. A year forward, we are blessed, the dams are full but the vines in some regions have not fully recovered.

Rico Basson, VinPro's executive director

We expect a slightly bigger harvest this year but not yet back to normal.

Rico Basson, VinPro's executive director

The wine industry in South Africa employs about 300 000 people and a makes a massive contribution to the economy of the Western Cape, says Basson.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Rico Basson, listen below:


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