Johannesburg - South Africa’s harvest of grapes for wine production may fall 4.7 percent this year from a record harvest on 2013, a US government report showed.
Farmers will probably produce 1.42 million metric tons this season compared with 1.49 million tons harvested in 2013, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service.
South Africa may bottle about 1.1 billion litres (2.42 million gallons) of wine in 2014, less than the 1.2 billion litres packaged a year earlier.
South Africa was the eighth-largest wine producer in 2012, accounting for 4 percent of global output, according to South African Wine Industry Information & Systems.
Since then, exports have been boosted by the depreciation of the rand, the worst- performing major currency against the dollar last year after it lost 19 percent, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It has declined a further 4.1 percent this year.