South Africa ranks seventh among the largest wine-producing countries in the world. It produces 4% (1.05 billion litres) of the global wine production (26.7 billion litres), according to the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, June 2017.
Wine exports from South Africa show that 312 590 tons (67%) of exported wine went to the European Union: 217 019 tons bulk and 95 571 tons bottled, in 2016 according to the International Trade Centre.
Exports to the European Union contribute to the transformation of the wines and spirits industry by creating new opportunities for emerging and previously disadvantaged individuals, including black-owned brands, black farmers and black owners.
The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and the Southern African Development Community EPA Group (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland and South Africa) came into effect in October 2016. The South African wine sector gains include increased market access and Geographical Indication (GI) protection for local wines under a specific bilateral protocol.