Total shipments climbed 40 percent in the six months through June, the biggest first-half advance in five years, Su Birch, chief executive officer for Wines of South Africa, said by phone from Pretoria today.
Wine exports rose to 469 million liters (124 million U.S. gallons) in the year ending April 30, up 25 percent from the previous 12 months and more than triple the total shipped in 2000, data from the Wines of South Africa trade body, or WOSA, show.
Women in the Cape winelands are standing up to be counted, and are now producing their own wine, bottled under the label Women in Wine. A group of 20 women, all with backgrounds in the wine industry, formed the company seven years ago, with "the dream of giving women, especially farm workers and their families, a share in the industry".
South Africa's Distell Group has bought up the Kenyan government shares in Kenya Wine Agencies Limited (KWAL), the leading regional distributor. However Prof Peter Kimuyu, chairman of Kenya's Privatisation Commission, did not disclose any financial details except to say it was a market driven process.