South Africa’s wine industry loses R200 million weekly on exports. Last week it was announced that the transportation of wine from cellar to ports was banned as part of amendments to COVID-19 lockdown regulations. Under initial lockdown rules, the transportation of wine was allowed. At present, South Africa is the only wine-producing country globally that is not allowed to export. Vinpro executive director, Rico Basson, said that there was no consultation with the sector ahead of the announcement.
Ryan speaks to Winemaker, Carolyn Martin from Creation Wines about the localized impact of this ban on her industry: