Never in the history of SA wine have we been in such an exciting and dynamic time. We’re (quite literally) awash with wines of an all-time high quality that are also gaining long overdue international recognition. With the world in a state of constant flux, predicting future trends has never been more difficult.
Nevertheless, here are four trends that I believe will only gain in momentum this year.
RAISE A GLASS TO RISING PRICES
As the 3 year drought in the Cape winelands begins to bite, yields for the 2018 harvest are predicted to be down more than 25% in certain areas. Globally, 2017 was one of the most difficult vintages in 50 years, with production down by 8%, primarily due to extremely cold conditions in Europe and out of control wild fires in California. What this essentially means is a reduction in supply while demand remains strong. This will almost certainly increase the price of entry level wines.
A BIODYNAMIC BOOM
Thanks to global warming and our growing ecological sensibility as a result, I predict that biodynamic farming will become increasinly popular. As more and more consumers search out grape growers and wineries that are farming organically and sustainably, we can expect higher quality (and prices) as well as increased international recognition in this arena.