Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades Wednesday at hundreds of striking farm workers who blocked a highway in the grape-growing Western Cape, heart of South Africa's multibillion-dollar wine region.
Thousands of South African farm workers will go on strike in the Western Cape wine region from Wednesday, reviving labour action for higher wages in which two workers were killed in clashes with police and vineyards were damaged.
The South African government is investing in scientific research to foster production of agricultural products like pinotage (the country's signature red wine) and honeybush (source of a tea so fragrant that a potful can perfume an entire house) to create jobs and boost the economy.
As global trade flows have changed over the past two decades, supply chain logistics have had to evolve accordingly and developing the ability to ship wine in bulk has had increasing implications for the way in which the wine industry operates.
South African farmworkers in the grape growing region of Western Cape Province suspended a week old strike to allow the government to review minimum wages after protests that saw vineyards and houses set alight
Distell international marketing manager Sarah Gandy told Harpers that it is an ideal time to launch Le Domaine in the UK as the region is looking for low strength wines and is awaiting Christmas season