The South African grape harvest is now well underway with three production regions now packing, namely the Northern Provinces, Orange River and Olifants River regions. The Berg and Hex River regions have not started packing yet. These two regions are also expected to start about a week later than last year.
*INTAKE UP TO Week 50 and EXPORTS UP TO WEEK 51 (accumulative)
*Intakes PPECB data - Exports AgriHub data
Packing is going well under good weather conditions. The quality of grapes are reported to be very good with very nice berry sizes achieved. They are done packing Prime, Early Sweet (Grapaes), Starlight, and Flame.
Tawny, Red Globe, Arra15, Midnight Beauty, Sable Seedless are currently being packed.
Producers are done packing the first varieties of Prime, Early Sweet and Flame. Sporadic rain in some parts of the region over the past two days and the Christmas long weekend ahead will lead to an interruption in planned packing programmes of nearly a week. The weather forecast for the next 10 days looks positive and this is when the packing of Sable, Ralli Seedless and Ivory will continue unabated. The expectation for later cultivars such as Thompson Seedless and Timco are good with berry sizes looking very promising.
Producers started packing Tawny in the Trawal area last week (week 51) followed by the rest of the region, which started packing fully from this week (week 52).