Bottling costs choke wineries (by thenewage.co.za)

Posted: November 30, 2012 by wynmaker in Cellars, South Africa, Vinification, Wine, Winemaking, Wineries, World wine news
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Winemakers say one of the industries that has made South Africa well-known overseas is on the verge of collapsing due to the high prices of bottling in the country.

 

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They say this is the result of a bottling monopoly enjoyed by two major companies.

The wine industry is feeling the pinch so much that “some wine estates are being sold” and most of them bottle their wines overseas because it is cheaper to do so there than here.

This could result in the country losing millions of rands in revenue and jobs if nothing was done to save the industry, said wine estate owners.

Speaking at The Wine Show in Durban, which ran from November 23 to 25, several wine estate owners complained of a monopoly in the bottling industry, saying the… read on

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