Statistics

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

  • Currently 92 005 hectares of vines producing wine grapes are under cultivation in South Africa over an area some 800 kilometres in length. White varieties constitute 55.4% of the plantings for wine, with Chenin Blanc comprising 18.6% of the total. Red-wine varieties account for 44.6% of the national vineyard. The most widely planted red variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, accounting for 10.8% of the total. Shiraz accounts for 10.0%, while Pinotage, which is indigenous to South Africa, represents 7.2% and Merlot accounts for 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
  • Growth in contribution to the GDP has been at least 10% per annum since 2003.
  • In terms of world wine production, South Africa ranks as eighth in overall volume production of wine and produces 4.0% of the world's wine (2020)
  • Of the country's total annual harvest of 1 042 million litres in 2020, 86% was devoted to the making of wine, 4% to wine for brandy, 9.7% to distilling wine and 0.3% to grape juice concentrate and grape juice.
  • Exports of still (ie non-fortified) packaged wines for the 2020 calendar year reached 137 million litres, a decrease of 6% on the previous year. Red wine exports decreased by 5% to account for 35% of all natural wines exported.
  • Total exports of wine decreased by 0.2% to 319 million litres in 2020, mainly as result of the global trade being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.



South African Wine Industry Statistics
View South African industry statistics

SAWIS Statistics
Download SAWIS' annual publication

SAWIS Status of Wine-grape Vines
Statistics on South African wine-grape vineyards over the past decade (2010-2020)

South Africa Export Report 2020
Infographic by SAWIS

South African Wine Industry Overview 2020
Infographic by SAWIS and Vinpro

Economic Realities Facing the South African Wine Industry 2021
Infographic by SAWIS