Cape Town –The South African wine industry is breathing a sigh of relief as the transportation of wine for export is once again allowed.
“Winemakers have been pleading to the opening up of exports,” said Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Thoko Didiza.
On Wednesday night, she gave details of what would be allowed in the agricultural sector during the Level 4 lockdown, starting on May 1.
On top of the wine, the transportation of liquor, including products like Amarula, will be allowed when the country moves to level 4.
Industry organisations like the wine producers’ body Vinpro have been lobbying to get permission to get their products to port.
Grape and wine production is one of the largest export-orientated agricultural value-chains, contributing R49 billion to GDP.