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24. January 2014

Record year for South African wine exports

The South African wine industry topped its previous export record in 2013, with volumes sold reaching 525,7 million litres, a 26% increase on the previous high achieved in 2012, Wosa said in a statement recently.

Sales to the United Kingdom (UK), still the country's biggest export destination, accounting for just over one-fifth of total export volumes last year, rose 21% to 111,2 million litres.

Volumes to Germany, where South Africa is the biggest "New World" supplier, increased by 24% to 96,5 million litres, while exports to Russia were up 18% to 37,3 million litres.

"It is encouraging that strong gains were achieved in the UK and Germany, our two biggest markets, where packaged wines in particular showed very healthy growth," Thompson said. "Packaged wines to the UK were up 31% and to Germany by 17%. At the same time, exports also grew across an increasingly broad range of other markets." – Source: SA - the Good News

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