South Africa’s Ban On The Sale Of Wine: Making Sense Of A Non-Sensical Situation

South Africa’s Ban On The Sale Of Wine: Making Sense Of A Non-Sensical Situation

Echoing strict regulations it imposed last year, the government of South Africa has again banned the sale of table wine throughout the country, this time until at least February 15. With 2021’s grape harvest in the southern hemisphere just around the corner, and without access to regular sales channels for their wines, producers are left with significant amounts of inventory on-hand that may go to waste because of storage issues.

Those concerns, plus the loss of direct sales to consumers that have also been restricted, exacerbates an already-challenging economic situation for winemakers in the Western Cape and wine-affiliated businesses throughout South Africa.

It seems non-sensical, to repeatedly ban the sale of alcohol country-wide and tie it, at least rhetorically, to concerns around COVID without consideration for the far-reaching financial impact that reverberates throughout the entire beverage alcohol industry. Today’s post dives deeper into three fundamental questions to try to reach a better understanding: What is the rationale behind the bans? How is the wine industry as a whole reacting? And how has the situation impacted South African wineries, both big and small?

getty What is the reasoning behind the government’s repeated bans on alcohol sales in South Africa?

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