European grape market just about to get crowded

South African grape growers have enjoyed a good season, despite worries after last year's droughts. The Northern regions have enjoyed some rain, easing the worries of the growers, and packing is still in full swing in the later regions where the weather is hot and ideal for harvesting and packing. There are however some concerns again about drought.

Export volumes are up on last year and the European market is said to still be good, India has started delivering to Europe but the white/red arrivals are not overlapping. The European market may soon get crowded however, as Chile are having an early season and the grapes are already on the water.




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Orange River
While this area is done with packing, good summer rains brought much relief from the persistent drought.

Olifants River
This region has practically wrapped up the harvest. They expect to end within the estimate. Many producers are satisfied that they reached their individual targets.




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Berg River
The typical hot and dry conditions during the day persist in this region, although water is becoming a challenge. This region is within reach of their crop estimate. Colour development is aided by the cooler night temperatures.

Hex River

Their season is in full swing with high pack volumes. The typical hot and dry summer conditions during the day are ideal during the harvest.



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