Cape exports pass 300 million litres

16 May, 2008

South Africa saw global wine exports grow by 35% in the first quarter of 2008, exceeding the 300 million-litre mark for the first time.

This export growth has also created the first instance of sales of the country's wines in overseas markets outstripping domestic sales.

Su Birch, chief executive of Wines of South Africa, said: "Export buoyancy can be attributed to growing demand in Scandinavia, Germany, North America and Africa, as well as the recovery of South Africa's position in the UK."

WOSA said record numbers of exhibitors were expected for its Cape 2008 wine show, to be held in Cape Town in September.

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