There are five main production regions in South Africa. The grape harvest commences in the earliest region and then moves southward in a set order as crop development progresses. The earliest production region is in the Northern provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo where the harvest starts in November.
This is followed by harvesting along the lower Orange River in the Northern Cape from late November and then this moves on to the Olifants River Valley where harvesting starts in mid-December.
The last two regions are the Berg River and Hex River production regions where harvesting starts in late December. The latest production region is the Hex River Valley, where harvesting continues until mid-April.
The South African table grape industry is over a century old but remains dynamic in the true sense of constant change.
It is through the determined efforts of breeders and intellectual property companies, as well as growers and exporters, who are committed to providing their customers with a premium product, that the introduction of new and improved table grape varieties from local and international breeders, keeps the industry at the forefront of technological advancement and international competitiveness.
South African grapes are exported to Africa, South East Asia, China, Middle East, Indian Ocean Islands, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Canada and the USA.
The bulk of South Africa’s grape exports still go to the important traditional markets in Europe and the UK. Close to half of South African grape exports are shipped to the European Union and around 25% are shipped to the United Kingdom.
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