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Workers harvest grapes at the La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek near Cape Town, South Africa.

South Africa, the world’s seventh biggest wine producer, is expected to see the smallest harvest in more than a decade in 2018 after drought and lower plantings hit yields, industry experts said.

Wine industry climate scientist says growing population sheds light on phenomenon.

As fires continue to ravage Southern California, and the North Coast struggles to recover, many in the wine industry are left to wonder: What’s next?’ 

The projected drop is largely a result of terrible frosts and heatwave that hit France, Spain and Italy this spring and summer.

“The dynamics of the current market are unprecedented,” Kevin Wilson, Kingsland’s buying controller for South America and South Africa, reveals, with reference to the OIV-estimated 10% global vintage shortfall in 2017.

Researcher Chelsy Villarroel examines young Verona grapevines as part of an experiment at Mountain View Vineyard near Stroudsburg, Pa.

When Randy and Linda Rice, owners of Mountain View Vineyard, expanded their vineyards onto a 100-acre farm southwest of Stroudsburg in northeastern Pennsylvania, they wanted to be as sustainable as possible.

A section of Shiraz planted in 1883 in Grampians Estate’s Garden Gully vineyard at Great Western with the tell-tale signs of the damage that occurred from the 4 November frost.

Vineyards in the Grampians wine region in western Victoria and Coonawarra region in South Australia have suffered up to 100% damage from a black frost which hit in the early hours of Saturday 4 November. There are also reports of frost damage in SA’s Padthaway region.