Statistics

For all relevant SA wine industry statistics, go to www.sawis.co.za.

  • Currently 89 384 hectares of vines producing wine grapes are under cultivation in South Africa over an area some 800 kilometres in length. White varieties constitute 55% of the plantings for wine, with Chenin Blanc comprising 18.4% of the total. Red-wine varieties account for 45% of the national vineyard. The most widely planted red variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, representing 10.6% of the total. Shiraz accounts for 10.0%, while Pinotage, which is indigenous to South Africa, represents 7.4% and Merlot 5.9%. The local wine industry continues to re-align its vineyard offering in line with international trends.
  • According to a study, commissioned by the SA Wine Industry Information & Systems (SAWIS) and published in January 2021, 269 096 people were employed both directly and indirectly in the wine industry in 2019, including farm labourers, those involved in packaging, retailing and wine tourism. The study also concluded that of the R55 billion contributed by the wine industry to the national GDP, about R31 billion would remain in the Western Cape to the benefit of its residents. Access the full report, Macroeconomic Impact of the Wine Industry on the South African Economy, here and see the infographic here
  • In terms of world wine production, South Africa ranks as eighth in overall volume production of wine and produces 3.9% of the world's wine (2022)
  • Of the country's total annual harvest of 1 068.3 million litres in 2022, 80.9% was devoted to the making of wine, 4.0% to wine for brandy, 11.8% to distilling wine and 3.3% to grape juice concentrate and grape juice.
  • Exports of still (ie non-fortified) packaged wines for the 2022 calendar year reached 137 million litres, a decrease of 2.7% on the previous year. Total still red wine exports decreased by 11.1% to account for 29.6% of all natural wines exported.
  • While total exports of wine decreased by 5% to 368.8 million litres in 2022, a decline that can mainly be attributed to shipping constraints at the port of Cape Town, the South African wine industry remains focused on its road to recovery following the pandemic.


South African Wine Industry Statistics
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SAWIS Statistics
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SAWIS Status of Wine-grape Vines
Infographic as on 31 December 2022

South African Export Report 2022
Infographic by SAWIS

South African Wine Industry Overview 2023
Infographic by South Africa Wine

SA Wine Industry Economic Value Footprint 2023
Infographic by South Africa Wine

Economic Realities Facing the South African Wine Industry 2022
Infographic by SAWIS

Effect of Covid-19 on the South African Wine Industry
Infographic by Vinpro and SAWIS